Housing study helping groups plan next steps, set priorities
Initiative examined housing in Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings counties and West Hants
“lots of behind-the-scene work is happening as CHOICE and partners use the information gathered to establish their next steps and priorities.”
Identifying priorities and actions for the western region regarding safe and affordable housing is part of the idea behind a proposed gathering in Yarmouth of regional stakeholders. SHYFT Youth Services is the project proponent for this event, which would be a continuation of the housing needs assessment process, Vacon said. A funding application has been filed and a response likely will come in the next few weeks, she said.
The housing initiative – which looked at the housing picture in the counties of Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings, as well as the western part of Hants County – began in the fall of 2017 with a public survey. There also were two more specialized surveys.
One of the initial findings was that housing insecurity and the risk of homelessness are prevalent across the region. Housing insecurity was found to be more pervasive than many people might have thought.
More than a year after the project was launched, Vacon says those involved in it “are working to strengthen partnerships across the region in hopes that it will result in additional infrastructure ... helping to address the availability of affordable housing.”
Denise Vacon, health promoter with Public Health Services, takes notes during a stakeholder session held last year in Yarmouth as part of a project that examined the housing picture in western Nova Scotia.