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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Canadian Institute of Planners Recognizes SSHAC Housing Needs Assessment with Social Planning Award for Planning Excellence Merit
Award for Planning Excellence Merit
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.
After a bit of a hiatus, we are pleased to share that our newsletter, Keeping in Touch is back! Check out the latest edition, which includes, highlights from work we’ve been involved, an article about Tiny Homes and responses to our questions about housing from provincial election candidates along the South Shore.