Funding announced for 3 affordable housing projects in Halifax

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A trio of organizations in Halifax will be the first in Nova Scotia to benefit from the federal government's Rapid Housing Initiative.

Through a virtual announcement Monday morning, Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of Children and Social Development, announced a federal investment of $8.7 million to help ensure three projects are sustainable.

The Nova Scotia government is contributing $1.8 million.

"Adequate, safe, accessible and sustainable affordable housing is a significant challenge," said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.

"The Rapid Housing Initiative means that we'll see quick action on projects that will help women and children (Adsum House), Indigenous people (the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre) and African Nova Scotians (the North End Community Health Association)."


Adsum House will receive $4 million to build 25 units. The Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre is getting $2.9 million for 17 units and the North End Community Health Association $1.2 million for 10 units.

More Nova Scotia projects could be announced as more Rapid Housing Initiative plans come out.

Adsum House is planning to build units on land it owns in Lakeside.

Almost a third of the apartments will be accessible and the building will use passive solar power to increase energy efficiency. It'll be permanent housing for women for families and for trans and gender non-conforming persons.

Submissions for the funding were put together quickly. The deadline to finish the construction projects is the end of 2021.

The Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre's project will provide emergency shelter and permanent housing for its urban Indigenous clients at a property it owns on College Street.