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Province says it knows little about its public housing stock, but promises reform

Legislation to overhaul public housing governance is a year or more away, says deputy minister

Nova Scotia’s deputy minister of housing acknowledges the government has little information about the public housing it owns, but he’s committing to address that as his department tries to reduce a wait-list of more than 6,000 applications — almost half of whom are seniors.

Paul LaFleche and other provincial housing officials appeared before the legislature’s public accounts committee on Wednesday. The meeting followed an auditor general’s report last week highlighting a lack of proper oversight and governance of provincially-owned housing.

LaFleche said his department is working on a governance overhaul for public housing, but it will require legislation and dealing with 10 collective agreements across five unions connected to the five housing authorities in the province…. [Read More]