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Tiny home community being built to help combat homelessness

By Caitlin Snow Oct 11, 2023 | 1:48 PM

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A new initiative between the provincial government and private sector to help combat homelessness; a concept that has worked in other jurisdictions.

The first of its kind in Nova Scotia, a tiny home community is coming to Lower Sackville on surplus land belonging to HRM.

There will be 52 units that will house roughly 62 people, with 10 units that will have double occupancy.

“No one should be without a home, and this project is an incredible example of collaboration as we continue to work together to come up with bold and unique solutions to address the housing crisis. Our focus is ensuring as many people as possible have a safe and affordable place to call home, and this community will ensure some of our most vulnerable are given that opportunity,” John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The province will invest $9.4 million in construction and $935,000 per year in annual operating costs. HRM is providing the land at no cost and will provide snow clearing and general property maintenance.

By next spring, 30 units are expected with people housed in them by the summer, with the community completed by next fall. If it is successful, communities may be created in other parts of HRM and areas across the province.

Rent will be no more than 30 percent of a person’s income. Community residents will be selected from the HRM By Name List and will receive the wraparound support they need to help them connect to employment and more permanent housing.