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
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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Keeping In Touch is Back

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.

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And the Award for Best Comprehensive Plan Goes To…

On November 16th, 2016, David Harrison and TEAL Architects were awarded the Atlantic Planners Institute Award for Best Comprehensive Plan, for the South Shore Housing Action Coalition’s Housing Needs Assessment. Learn more about the awards, at

See the Housing Assessment Report, here.

API Award

From left: Nathan Rogers, LPPANS President; Sam Murphy, API President; David Harrison of David Harrison Ltd; Ross Grant of TEAL Architects and Planners Inc. 

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2017 Provincial Election

Make Housing an Election Issue

On May 30th, Nova Scotians go to the polls.  During this campaign, let’s make Housing an issue!  In partnership with the Shelburne County Housing Coalition, we have created a fact sheet about housing and what action the provincial government could take to improve access to safe, healthy and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians.  Check out the fact sheet, here.

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