Housing Nova Scotia Supports Fight Against Homelessness

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Today marked a significant milestone toward ending homelessness in the province.  Housing Nova Scotia announced its support for the Housing First – Phase One initiative in Halifax.  The program aims at housing 50 - 60 of Halifax’s most chronically and repeatedly homeless individuals.  The first individuals will move into housing during the fall of 2015.

Appointment Of New Chief Financial Officer

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Housing Nova Scotia today announced the appointment of Cyril LeBlanc, C.G.A., as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Housing Nova Scotia Supports Habitat for Humanity Project

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Minister Joanne Bernard greeted two families today as they took the keys to their new homes in the community of Spryfield.

The homes were dedicated by Habitat for Humanity, unveiling the completed units for the first time. To make this dream come true, the families poured in at least 500 hours of work and received the generous help of volunteers and sponsors.

New Aberdeen Residents to Benefit from Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Families living in a Glace Bay neighbourhood are getting help to fix up the exterior of their homes and revitalize their community. 

Housing Nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard announced today, May 4, in Glace Bay, that more than 150 homes in the New Aberdeen section may be eligible for grants to improve their curbside appeal as part of Housing Nova Scotia's Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative.

Housing Support Worker Initiative a Proven Success

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”