Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Affordable Housing

I think we need to be asking the candidates what they're going to do to help community organizations develop affordable housing projects. Women are vulnerable to poverty in Nova Scotia, and the lack of affordable housing is a key feature of poverty. It is destabilizing and it erodes health.

So far the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have thrown a few crumbs at non-profit housing developers -- enough to keep most of them quiet. Meanwhile, the enormous need for better housing is not being addressed in any serious way because community groups aren't able to get the kind of support they would need to make housing projects work. Community groups can't work with the conditions that the two levels of government have imposed, and they can't access enough funding to make a project viable.

How do the candidates running for office propose to correct this problem? Go ahead and ask 'em!

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