New Publication Released: "The lights? Don’t worry about the lights. It’s way too late for that."

A new document has been added to the Research, Policy and Development page on our website. The report examines the results of multiple community studies in order to formulate a response to the question "What’s the housing situation for non-elderly single person households who reside in the communities served by our Rural Advisory Board (RAB)?"

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[Closed] Job Posting: Point-in-Time Count/Registry Week Coordinator

JOB TITLE: Point-in-Time Count/Registry Week Coordinator, Halifax, Nova Scotia
TYPE OF POSITION: Term Contract Position ( 9 months )
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hours/week
SALARY: $ 23.00 /hour
POSTED ON: December 13, 2017
CLOSING DATE: January 3, 2018

The Point-in-Time Count Coordinator will plan and execute the Halifax combined Homelessness
Point in Time Count and Registry Week at the direction of the Affordable Housing Association of
Nova Scotia (AHANS) and the Point-in-Time Count Committee. 

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Homelessness Partnering Strategy - 2016 Community Progress Indicators Report

Community Progress Indicator (CPI) Reports allow communities to assess the progress of their collective efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness over time using a set of standard indicators. These indicators are based on information gathered by communities through the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS), and supported by data drawn from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Statistics Canada (National Household Survey and Labour Force Survey). <<download>>

New Reports! Halifax Housing Trilogy

Through our trio of studies, Juniper Littlefield, Adriane Salah, and Grant Wanzel have hoped to deepen our understanding of housing poverty in Halifax. What does it mean to be ‘at risk’: as a household in danger of falling into housing poverty or as a dwelling unit in danger of losing its inherent ‘affordability’?

The Reports were conducted under the auspices of AHANS, on behalf of the Affordable Housing Working Group of the Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

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What to Make of Housing Poverty in Halifax

This Report presents an alternative critique to the conventional wisdoms around homelessness and housing poverty. It argues that CMHC’s CORE need measure under-estimates the extent of housing poverty and makes an evidence-based case for a more inclusive “quality of life” definition. It goes on to argue that “by the numbers”, we have enough “affordable” non-profit-, public- and private-sector rental housing to more than meet our needs. But that while they have every right to do so, many middle and upper-middle income renters are “poaching” in otherwise “affordable” rental housing that is well BELOW their considerable means.

The lessons are: 
1. Housing poverty is an income problem. 
2. While housing poverty is about unbearable Shelter-to-Income Ratios (STIRs). it’s also about stigma, isolation, physical- and mental-heath and addictions problems, food deserts, inaccessible and inadequate services, exhausting travel times, and more. 
3. We must stop eroding our stock of affordable rental housing and address the decades-old shortfalls of public investment community services, facilities and amenities. 
4. We must stabilize, upgrade, protect and sustain our existing stocks of “affordable” rental housing.
5. And, we should encourage the private sector to build more interesting and attractive housing aimed at households in the $50,000/yr+ income brackets and thereby free-up the stock which they are “poaching” at present.

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This report was researched and written in 2016-17 by Grant Wanzel for AHANS as one of its many contributions to the work of the Affordable Housing Working Group of the Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership.