The lights? Don’t worry about the lights. It’s way too late for that. May 30, 2018

“What’s the housing situation for non-elderly single person households who reside in the communities served by our Rural Advisory Board (RAB)?”

Submitted by: 
J. Grant Wanzel
M. Arch, MRAIC, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, SofA, FofA&P, Dalhousie University, and Director of R&D, AHANS

This study was prompted by a question (above) from our Rural Advisory Board (RAB). Their ‘question’ was said to be straightforward. But nothing is as simple as that. As surely as one thing leads to another, so too did the initial piece evolve into a sequence of relatively focused studies, including: a comparative analysis of four communities (New Glasgow, Kentville, Truro and Lunenburg); followed by a comparative analysis of all of the client communities of the RAB; followed by a case study of Shelburne, NS and its three levels of jurisdiction; thereafter by a clutch of latecomer communities; and most recently via a glance at the labour forces of all of the assembled communities, their rates of participation, -employment, and –unemployment.

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Precarious Housing and Homelessness Across Our Rural Communities March 2018

An initiative of local housing coalitions and stakeholders. Shelburne - Yarmouth - Digby - Annapolis - Kings - West Hants

Report Prepared by: Denise Vacon, Nancy Green, Jennifer Lamrock, Lisa Sally, Nancy Stewart

Throughout the fall of 2017 and winter of 2018 the “Housing: Now and Into the Future” needs assessment was conducted across Shelburne, Digby, Yarmouth, Annapolis, Kings and West Hants Counties in Nova Scotia. The assessment was a collaborative effort among local housing coalitions, community partners and municipal units with the purpose of:

  • Increasing knowledge of affordable and supportive housing needs and issues;
  • Engaging the community to better understand the local housing situation;
  • Generating reports with current data on housing needs relevant to our communities that can be used for planning, service delivery, and funding proposals;
  • Documenting the housing needs of all citizens including vulnerable populations (women leaving domestic violence, youth, seniors, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness).

This interim report presents findings from the assessment which examine issues related to housing insecurity and homelessness in our communities.

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2016 Community Progress Indicators Report

by Employment and Social Development Canada

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).

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Halifax Housing Trilogy

November 2017
Through a trio of studies, we 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’?

  • Housing in Dartmouth North by Juniper Littlefield
  • Community Profiles: A Characterization of Affordable Rental Housing Neighbourhoods by Adriane Salah
  • Reading the Remainder Area by Grant Wanzel
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What to Make of Housing Poverty in Halifax

November 2017
by Grant Wanzel

To readers, we recommend that this paper be read as a whole and for what it is: a broad but sincere effort to identify and understand some of the facts of housing poverty; deepen our appreciation of its lasting and devastating impacts on thousands of individual households and our community as a whole; and finally, to sharpen our resolve to put an end to housing poverty with all possible speed and determination.

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Health & Homelessness in Halifax: A Report on the Health Status of Halifax's Homeless

November 2012

Welcome to the second edition of the Health and Homelessness in Halifax Report 2012 which will hopefully once again stimulate discussion, generate interventions that will reduce homelessness and ultimately improve the health and lives of the most vulnerable population in our city. Improving the system requires an understanding of all facets of the picture by policy makers, service providers and community groups. It is our hope that this Report will serve once again as an effective tool for change. 

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