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Housing Support Worker Initiative a Proven Success

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Offering support to individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, the Housing Support Worker (HSW) Initiative is an integral component of the supports and services offered by Housing Nova Scotia. This past year, the initiative has been extremely active and successful on multiple fronts.

A Zest For Life

Release Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Community college student Trevor LaPier has struggled in the past, so he really appreciates being at a new stage in his life.

For instance, he really relishes the idea of supper at his Dartmouth apartment. Living in his new apartment means he can take care of himself like never before.

A Different Walk of Life

Release Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Chris Underhill has seen life from both sides of the street. Today he's a housing support worker with Metro Non-Porift Housing, but he knows what it feels like to be homeless.
 

Working hand in hand

Release Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Building relationships with private landlords is crucial for the housing support workers.

Often, the need is to find a home, and quickly. And property managers who can be flexible and accessible are a key to success.

Walking the path together

Release Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Fiona “Katia” Cross finally has a place to put down roots after a stretch of time in temporary housing. She fusses happily over a Boston fern in her bright apartment in Halifax’s Clayton Park neighborhood.

“I like to encourage this one,” she says in American Sign Language (ASL). “I love plants.”

A flashing lamp perched on a side table indicates the doorbell is ringing. Karen Spurr, her housing support worker, is at the door. They met at Barry House, an emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness.

Word on the street

Release Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015

The housing support worker initiative was launched with local community agencies in 2011 – and in just a few years, the impact is being felt on the streets.

Since the program began, 1,300 more people living in stable housing by the close of 2014.

“Living in our society, we are often unprepared for homelessness,” says Karen Spurr, a housing support worker at Halifax’s Barry House. “You can always be one major stress or one job loss away from homelessness. We can help – we’ve been through it all before.”

Thinking Differently

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stewart Matheson

When it comes to social housing, stereotypes and damaging truths abound. A common myth, for example, is that many of the people  who use programs offered by Housing Nova Scotia ely on them as an alternative to hard work. Quite the contrary, says Stewart  Matheson, who has worked with housing clients in Cape Breton for decades.

In Other News

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Place to Call Home

Federal, Provincial Governments Announce Housing Co-operatives Funding

Release Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2015

Many Nova Scotians living in housing co-operatives will soon benefit from repairs made through funding from the Social Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP).

CEO Dan Troke Talks About Homeownership with Property Perspective's host Vanessa Roman

Release Date: 
Saturday, January 17, 2015

In case you missed it, you can listen to our CEO Dan Troke's interview with radio host Vanessa Roman about homeownership and the Bloomfield project.

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