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 committed 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.
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 2017-18
The current Board benefits from membership hailing from a broad range of backgrounds, each with a history of commitment to affordable housing issues:
Ella Brown, Treasurer
Kathy Moggridge, Chair
Sharon Murphy, Lifetime Member
Grant Wanzel, Lifetime Member
Decent, affordable and sustainable housing is a basic human right and the first step toward personal, social, economic and cultural well-being and empowerment. The foremost concern of the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia (AHANS), is the affordability, accessibility, and sustainability of the Province's housing stock as a whole.
The mission of AHANS is to promote access to decent and affordable housing through its development and construction, retention and upgrading in all parts of the Province.
AHANS aims for strategic impact on all of Nova Scotia's housing: urban & rural, private & non-profit, by being inclusive, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary.