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N.S. funded 954 new affordable rental units in last 5 years. Experts say this is far from enough

Housing crisis is increasing demand for lower-cost rentals

Michael Kabalen walks through a construction site that will soon be a neighbourhood of affordable rental units, tucked away on a quiet street in Dartmouth, N.S.

The rows of townhouses on True North Crescent are part of a 32-unit development, built with funding from the provincial and federal governments.

Kabalen, the head of the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia (AHANS), said the units his organization is building are desperately needed in a province that is experiencing skyrocketing rents and low vacancy rates.

Yet housing developments like this aren’t being approved fast enough, he said.

“This project … took months of planning, months of back and forth with all the different levels of government,” Kabalen said. “I don’t think governments are moving quickly enough to have a meaningful impact on the affordable housing crisis.” …[Read More]