Housing Wage: Lunenburg and Queens Counties

In July 2019 the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released their report, “Unaccommodating: Rental Housing Wage in Canada”. This report maps rental affordability in neighbourhoods across Canada by calculating the “rental housing wage,” which is the hourly wage needed to afford an average one bedroom apartment without spending more than 30% of one’s earnings.  Nationally, the rental housing wage is $22.40/hr for an average priced two-bedroom apartment and $20.20/hr for an average priced one-bedroom apartment.  For Halifax, it is slightly higher at $22.57/hr for the average two-bedroom apartment.

Unfortunately housing market data is not collected for our region, so it is not possible to determine the average costs of rental units by size.  However, 2016 Census of Canada data for our region does provide us with some information about housing in our communities, including rates of core housing need and the average monthly shelter costs for both renters and owners, which provide a sense of the housing situation across our communities.  Read the report to see the housing wage required to afford the average rental and home costs in our region.

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Short Term Accommodations: Status Reports

As the Short Term Accommodation (STA) market continues to grow in our region, the rental hosing market is feeling the pressure. To support understanding about the extent to which the STA market is influencing availability and affordability of rental housing in our region, we have prepared STA status reports for each of our Towns and Municipalities.

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Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of Minimum Housing Standards in Nova Scotia

How effective are current minimum housing standards in municipal units across Nova Scotia in achieving the outcomes intended?  What are the opportunities to improve the standards and living conditions for residents?
These are some of the questions addressed in this research report recently completed by Nikolas Wensing, a Master’s of Planning student from Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture and Planning.

One Page Overview of the Research Project

Full Report: Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of Minimum Rental Housing Standards in Nova Scotia

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Evaluating Minimum Housing Standards in NS

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Deepening Our Understanding of Rural Housing Needs

Housing coalitions, community stakeholders and municipal units covering Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings, and West Hants Counties recently completed a housing needs assessment.  This collaborative project has produced a series of reports to support further understanding of the complex and diverse housing challenges encountered in our rural communities and are intended to support innovation and action.  Learn more here.

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Housing Alternatives: What could work here?

We’ve been curious what housing alternatives could our communities support?  We did some digging and have pulled some options together that we believe could work.  Check them out, here:

2018 Housing alternatives for Lunenburg County FInal_2

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Lunenburg and Queens Counties Households, Housing and Income: Census Highlights 2006-2016

SSHAC is pleased to share our Census Highlights report about households, housing and income in Lunenburg and Queens Counties. The report (available as a combined report, or as individual reports) looks at Census data from 2006, 2011, and 2016 to help support our understanding of housing related issues in our communities.

HHI 2018

Households, Income and Housing 2016

Lunenburg County

Chester 2016 Profile

Mahone Bay 2016 Profile

MODL 2016 Profile

Town of Lunenburg 2016 Profile

Town of Bridgewater

Queens County

RQM 2016 Profile

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Canadian Institute of Planners Recognizes SSHAC Housing Needs Assessment with Social Planning Award for Planning Excellence Merit

IMG_20170823_110150Award for Planning Excellence Merit
2017
Project Name: South Shore Housing Action Coalition Housing (SSHAC) Needs Assessment
Company:David Harrison Lt. and TEAL Architects+Planners Inc.

South Shore Housing Action Coalition Housing Needs Assessment is one of the first comprehensive community-based assessments in Nova Scotia. This project was based on the presumption of a need for affordable housing for six municipalities in Nova Scotia’s South Shore and was commissioned in order to better understand the short and long-term housing needs of these municipalities.

The jury found that this study identified actionable projects that each of the six assessed municipalities could initiate and use to advocate for safe and affordable housing methods such as emergency shelters, transitional or social housing, affordable rental and affordable home ownership.

This report emphasized the impact that Municipal governments have on housing type and affordability in their jurisdictions and is being recognized with an Award of Merit for effectively moving from a needs assessment to an action plan and in highlighting affordable housing as a substantial and current issue all across Canada.

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