Nova Scotia announces $6 million to fund nearly 200 affordable rental units

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's government is announcing $6.4 million to build nearly 200 new affordable housing units.

The money is part of a $35-million package unveiled last month for 1,100 new units to address the lack of affordable housing across the province.

The government said today in a news release the $6.4 million will go toward affordable rental units in Kentville, Lantz, Halifax and Cole Harbour.

One-hundred units will be built as part of an affordable housing development in Kentville, 40 units will be built within an 85-unit development in Lantz and 38 homes will be built inside a 100-unit development in Halifax.

The province says the homes will rent for at least 20 per cent below market value.

The government says it has also issued a call for partnership involving a proposed 15-unit affordable housing project to be built on provincial land on Circassion Drive in Cole Harbour.

About $400,000 of the $6.4 million will be transferred to five community housing groups across the province, while $190,000 will fund upgrades at three Portal Youth Outreach Association shelters, in Kentville, Windsor and Middleton. Another $84,000 will be used for upgrades at two Halifax shelters — Metro Turning Point and Barry House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2021.

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