COMMUNITY SERVICES–Affordable Housing Program Moving Into HighGear Low-to-moderate income earners in Nova Scotia will soon have moreaffordable housing options thanks to several new projects plannedunder the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement thisfall. “We expect a lot of activity from the program this fall,beginning with the announcement of a Metro-based affordablehousing project in the coming weeks,” said David Morse, Ministerof Community Services. Mr. Morse explains the department has been working inconsultation with community agencies, non-profit organizationsand the private sector over the past year to identify areas ofneed across the province and develop criteria for the program. “Nova Scotia has a unique housing profile and we want to ensurethe program addresses our needs and benefits as many individualsand families as possible,” said Mr. Morse. “The result is a made-in-Nova Scotia program that will create or renovate a significantamount of affordable housing in our province.” The minister said that the first project under the AffordableHousing agreement is an example of the housing that will becreated or renovated. The newly constructed 15-unit apartmentcomplex in the Annapolis Valley opened its first five units inAugust and the remainder will be ready for occupancy in November. “This is just the beginning,” said Mr. Morse. “We want to createother new rental housing projects in areas of need throughout theprovince and will be issuing a proposal call to gauge interestfrom potential developers. We’re moving the program into highgear and look forward to working with our community partners tostrengthen the affordable housing supply in Nova Scotia.” The five-year, $37.26 million Canada-Nova Scotia AffordableHousing agreement, signed between the province and the federalgovernment last fall, is an important first step in addressingthe need for affordable housing in the province.