The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a Federally-funded,
community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness
by providing direct support and funding to communities across Canada.
In Nova Scotia, the HPS programme operates through community-based advisory
boards - for HRM (the CAB), and for rural Nova Scotia (the RRAB). These
bodies are comprised of diverse groups of shelter and service providers,
federal and provincial government representatives, the faith community,
and people with first-hand experience of homelessness.
AHANS serves as the designated 'entity' to both the CAB and the RAB, supporting the work of both committees and administering the HRM and the Rural HPS funding allocations. It is worthy of note that HPS funding has been extended for five years beyond 2014, and that for urban centres the funds will be largely dedicated to a Housing First approach to the most vulnerable homeless.
AHANS soon hopes to announce the launch of Full Circle Renovators, a renovation contractor and our first social enterprise. Full Circle Renovators will provide quality renovation services to the housing sector and create quality, long-term, supportive employment. Our employees will earn a liveable wage and have access both to formal and informal training, life skills, and opportunities for career laddering. The model minimizes risk while addressing social and financial issues. It embraces the ethos of the double bottom line, by measuring performance in terms of financial and social impact and by investing future profits in the social mission of AHANS.
In the mid-1990's, AHANS founded the Creighton/Gerrish Development Association, a partnership of four community-based non-profit organizations. C/GDA's objective was to redevelop most of a city block on Gottingen Street in Halifax as affordable housing and space for community-based institutions. Since then, portions of the block have been developed as affordable rental housing and turned over to member organizations (two projects totalling 30 units). While the balance of the property is being developed as affordable owned housing (two projects totalling 100 or more units) and commercial space. With AHANS in a key role, the award-winning Creighton/Gerrish Development is now into its fourth and final phase.
One in ten people in Halifax is living in poverty. This alarming statistic requires a targeted community investment of time and resources. The newly established Housing & Homelessness Partnership is the starting point to make decent, affordable and sustainable housing a reality for all of HRM's citizens.
The Partnership is a multi-stakeholder coalition working towards ending homelessness and housing poverty in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The Partners include: Housing Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia, Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), IWK Health Centre, Capital District Health Authority (CDHA), and United Way Halifax. The seven Partners have one common agenda: to collectively set priorities and change the landscape for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in housing they can't really afford.
AHANS is pleased to announce that we have been invited to participate in the Council.
The mandate of the HomeWarming Advisory Council is:
To offer a forum for sharing information about the program; both electrical and non-electrical; and to,
Facilitate discussion between the members of the HomeWarming Advisory Council, Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia concerning successes, challenges and opportunities for the program; both electrical and non-electrical.
The program is administered collaboratively by Efficiency Nova Scotia (ENS) and Clean Foundation (Clean). Upgrades to electrically-heated homes are now funded through Emerea shareholders and administered by Clean.
Other Member Organizations Are:
Housing Nova Scotia
Community Society to End Poverty in Nova Scotia
Affordable Energy Coalition
Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Native Council of Nova Scotia