ANTIGONISH: The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) has received $40,400 from the Building Vibrant Communities Fund to support its efforts to create socially sustainable housing for people living on low incomes.

The funding comes from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. In a letter confirming approval of the Society’s proposal, Minister Leo Glavine said: “All Nova Scotians deserve the opportunity to grow and succeed. The Government is committed to supporting programs and initiatives that not only alleviate the effects of poverty, but also enable Nova Scotians to exit poverty entirely.”

“We are pleased to work in partnership with the province of Nova Scotia to provide social support for the tenants of Riverside Estates through the work of our Community Navigator Carleton MacNeil,” AAHS Chair Colleen Cameron said. “The funds will enable us to continue to build community and the capacity of tenants to bring about change in their lives so they are able to break the cycle of poverty and live well.”

In addition to providing salary support for the Community Navigator, the funds will be used to put in place a comprehensive monitoring system, including capturing stories of changes that occur when people living on low incomes are in safe, affordable, accessible housing. The society will also do educational outreach, sharing its learnings with other affordable housing organizations, community groups and all levels of government.

The 14 one and two-bedroom apartments at Riverside Estates, the first affordable housing initiative of the society, are now fully occupied. AAHS continues to explore new ways to achieve its vision of having sufficient socially, environmentally and financially sustainable affordable housing for residents of the town and county of Antigonish who live on low incomes.