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Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia

AHANS was established in the mid-1980's and registered as a non-profit society in 1990. Our Board of Directors has between five and nine members, each of whom is commited to advancing the mission and goals of our Association. While the Board sets policy it trusts our highly qualified staff to get the job done. Sub-Committees and partnerships are established as needed. The lines of communication are short and decisions are made quickly.


What We Do & How We Operate

We are directly involved in building affordable housing and in upgrading, protecting and better utilizing the province's existing stock. We are a knowledge- and experience-based organization. We do every project well, learn from it, and do the next one better. We are active learners and teachers and gladly share our knowledge and experience through our housing research, education, advocacy and capacity building activities. Increasingly, the work of AHANS calls for freedom of movement and opinion which in turn demand financial independence. We look forward to the day when AHANS is a full-fledged social enterprise.


Board of Directors 2015 

The current Board benefits from membership hailing from a broad range of backgrounds, each with a history of commitment to affordable housing issues.

Aloise Brown
Barb Casey
Fiona Chin-Yee
Jim Mustard
Kathy Moggridge
Margie Macdonald 
Sharon Murphy 


Policy, Research & Development

From the start, AHANS has maintained an active commitment to housing research and advocacy. In the process, our members have appeared before many federal and provincial commissions, organized workshops and seminars, participated on panels and published a number of research reports and policy papers.


Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Plan 2014 - 2019, Aug. 2014

Challenges in Providing Services to People Who Use Drugs: Insights from Emergency Department & Shelter Staff in Atlantic Canada, Aug. 2014

Report on Housing & Homelessness in HRM: 2013, Nov. 2013

A Decent, Appropriate and Affordable Home for Every Nova Scotian, Nov. 2013

Provincial Housing Strategy - An Affordable Housing Association Perspective, Grant Wanzel, Jan. 2013

Health & Homelessness in Halifax:  A Report on the Health Status of Halifax's Homeless, Nov. 2012

Halifax Report Card on Homelessness 2012, Nov. 2012

Housing Nova Scotians: A Fresh Look, Mar. 2011

Halifax Community Plan 2011-2014