Let's Talk Affordable Housing!

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picture of a senior couple enjoying their new affordable home Southwestern Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission is looking at the current state of affordable housing in Nova Scotia and has been mandated to identify sustainable, and actionable long-term solutions to increase the supply of, and access to affordable housing. To help inform its recommendations, the commission wants to hear from you.

Please use the various tools available on this site to share your ideas or send us a written submission at affordablehousingcommission@novascotia.ca.

The Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission is looking at the current state of affordable housing in Nova Scotia and has been mandated to identify sustainable, and actionable long-term solutions to increase the supply of, and access to affordable housing. To help inform its recommendations, the commission wants to hear from you.

Please use the various tools available on this site to share your ideas or send us a written submission at affordablehousingcommission@novascotia.ca.

Share Your Story

Housing is more than just a roof over our heads. It is where we find comfort, spend time with loved ones, raise a family, and lay down roots in our community. Many of us have faced challenges in finding safe, secure, and affordable housing. Despite their best efforts, builders struggle to keep their costs down to create new supply of housing at an affordable price. It is important that we hear these stories so we can be clear of what barriers exist. However, we also want to hear about what is working well so we can leverage these success stories and build solutions that work. 

Please share your success stories and challenges that can help inform the work of the commission. Do not provide any personal information about yourself or any information that could identify anyone. These stories are meant to be anonymous and provide qualitative information to the commission. To share your stories with us click on the button below.


All comments will be monitored and can be removed if they are not relevant to the main theme, use inappropriate language are not in compliance with the moderation policy. 

Thank you for sharing your story with us. We really appreciate it.

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    Blind couple struggle during housing crisis.

    by FamfunJag1, 7 months ago
    My husband and I are both blind. I never imagined we would find ourselves on the brink of homelessness and yet here we are. We have lived in rural Nova Scotia most of our lives and until now have never struggled to find something. We have been faced with numerous obstacles trying to find a home for us and our only child. Being disabled on income assistance with no added supports because our disability for reasons I cannot fathom are not enough to qualify for the added income DSP would provide means all rental units we have looked at to... Continue reading
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    Large Rent Increases - the stories that don't make the front page

    by arkav1, 8 months ago

    I have three multis with a total of 9 units and manage 3 other properties.

    I purchased a triplex last year with one resident living there for 10+ years. The rent over those 10 years had been increased once by $35/mo. All utilities are included in the rent. The unit is dated, but clean and the resident is quiet and takes care of the space. The previous owner did not increase the rent but they also did not spend any money on improvements or minor repairs.

    When I purchased the property, I explained to this resident that I would be... Continue reading

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    Rent Cap = Rent Increase Annually

    by arkav1, 8 months ago

    I have three multis with a total of 9 units and manage 3 other properties.

    Due to the 2% rent cap that has been implemented, all of these properties and residents will see their rent go up this year, where they typically would not. Why? Because my hands have been tied to how much I can increase their rent and I have no other way of recouping my costs as they have substantially increased this past year.

    Costs to everyday maintenance and utilities, insurance and labour have all gone up and increasing rent is the way I can afford to... Continue reading

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    Seniors Housing Authorities need reform

    by Reggie, 8 months ago
    Last year, we were finally able to move my 80 year old brother out of hospital and into a seniors apartment through the Cape Breton Housing Authority. The process was cumbersome, frustrating and eye opening. In spite of there being an available apartment, empty for 10 months, my brother spent 9 months in hospital while we navigated the system! Among many issues was the fact that the Board of the Authority had to approve all applications, yet they did not meet over the summer! This was a 3 month delay. The empty apartment was offered to those on the list... Continue reading
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    Affordable Housing for Young Single Parents

    by EagerInnovation, 8 months ago

    I was 18 when I had my daughter. I was lucky enough to have parents who allowed me to stay in their home. I was able to study part time online through NSCC while I worked part time but the challenge around child care working part time was exhausting. I finally was able to buy my first car and get an apartment with cheap rent at the age of 22. The apartment was ok but it was full of mold and I was bullied for being a young mother by other tenants. I moved back in with my parents when... Continue reading

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    Refugee housing

    by Safe Housing, 9 months ago
    The low housing allowance for new refugee families in Antigonish combined with high rents targeted at per room rates for university students have created a very challenging situation. It is extremely difficult to find affordable housing in a location that provides for easy access to the services that new refugees require for the first two years.

    Perhaps a targeted rent supplement plan for the first two years could be considered.

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    Rural transitional housing for youth and affordable housing for young adults and families

    by hopefulhousing, 10 months ago
    Rural communities such as West Hants / Windsor area require transitional housing / emergency housing support for youth 15-24 who are put at risk when their family situations break down and are without a place to live. Without emergency and transitional housing in the communities a youth lives, we are setting youth up to become victims of sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, street violence, sexual assault, and otherwise to relocate their entire lives (drop out of school, leave the supports they may have, etc).


    There is a shortage of housing and we would like to see more cooperative housing models and... Continue reading

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    Not Enough Rentals

    by kellyjoanne, 10 months ago
    We have a dog and with so little housing stock in the Annapolis Valley we could not find anywhere to rent. We ended up needing to buy a fixer upper that had lots of water damage, heat issues and electrical damage. We were only able to finance part of the renovation to start but it needed to be done for our health. We went without adequate heat for several months. The caps on accessing renovations grants or loans is too low. We have good wages but it doesn't mean we have the funds to be able to finance a whole... Continue reading
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