Province pronounces cash for shelter beds, housing initiative

The Nova Scotia authorities introduced this week two initiatives geared toward addressing the province’s rising homelessness downside.

The strikes are being welcomed by group staff, whilst some proceed to push for everlasting options like extra inexpensive housing.

On Tuesday, the province stated it will spend $350,000 to add 15 new beds to the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre’s North Park shelter in Halifax. That may improve the entire variety of beds designated for Indigenous women and men on the shelter to 40.

“We’re grateful for the chance to broaden the helps obtainable to assist our group,” Pam Glode-Desrochers, govt director of Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, stated in a press launch. “We sit up for the continued partnership with the province to help probably the most susceptible in our group.”

Final 12 months, the province dedicated $1.8 million to housing initiatives within the Halifax space, together with cash that may assist pay for 17 items being constructed by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

On Wednesday, the province additionally introduced $100,000 to develop a proposal for a community-based, everlasting housing challenge for as much as 100 ladies and kids known as the House for Good Centre. The work will embrace deciding on a web site, the preliminary design and making a fundraising plan.

As of Might 11, in line with the Inexpensive Housing Affiliation of Nova Scotia, there have been 450 folks experiencing homelessness in Halifax, 235 figuring out as males and 199 as ladies. It is a drop from the 490 in December. 

Miia Suokonautio, govt director of the YWCA Halifax, stated the province is in a housing disaster that must be fastened. (CBC)

A 2019 Statistics Canada report discovered that one of many main challenges for ladies who had fled abuse and have been in a shelter was discovering inexpensive and ample long-term housing. Almost one in 5 returned to dwell with their abuser.

One of many goals of the House for Good Centre shall be to offer ladies with a everlasting residence, in line with Miia Suokonautio, the chief director of the YWCA of Halifax, one of many challenge proponents.

“It is actually about constructing a multi-use house that features housing,” stated Suokonautio.

Suokonautio stated House For Good Centre is not going to solely be providing inexpensive housing it will likely be a group hub.

“We actually wish to see a excessive class ladies centre within the metropolis that may haven’t solely housing however function a group drop-in house, ladies’s useful resource centre, probably youngster care, perhaps a social enterprise, so many various issues.”

Suokonautio stated homelessness is a gendered expertise and there are some segments of the inhabitants extra affected than others.

“Once we speak about ladies housing, we all know that African Nova Scotian and Indigenous ladies and trans ladies are disproportionately impacted throughout the felony justice system,” she stated. “For us that is actually about numerous ladies and women. It is for Black ladies, it is for Indigenous ladies, it is for trans ladies, it is for younger ladies.”

Suokonautio stated it is hoped the House for Good Centre shall be just like YWCA initiatives in bigger cities, resembling Vancouver. Suokonautio factors to a low-income housing challenge in Vancouver primarily for single moms and households. It supplies 32 items and requires residents to submit monetary paperwork yearly to be eligible.

“The primary, second, third and fourth factor is we’d like housing. We’d like extra items. We’d like inexpensive items. We’d like protected items,” stated Suokonautio. “Good inexpensive housing must be obtainable for all people as a result of that is how we’ll make a constructive contribution to our collective group.”

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