This report highlights survey results from the visibly homeless population, predominantly engaging with the formal shelter system in the urban core of Peninsula Halifax on the night of April 24, 2018Read More
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.
This report summarizes the use of emergency homeless shelters in Halifax. The first section contains an overview of the shelter system, size of the shelter using population and the demographic characteristics of shelter users. The second section examines patterns of shelter use, chronic and episodic homelessness and a discussion of inflow/outflow.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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
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.
by AHANS, Grant Wanzel
There is much to be done but there is much that can be done immediately. The Province will find a willing, knowledgeable and capable partner in the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia.Read More