Working for the South Shore Housing Action Coalition (SSHAC), a non-profit affordable housing advocacy group comprised of volunteers across 6 municipalities, David Harrison
and TEAL completed a comprehensive investigation of housing needs in the area. After collecting demographic data from sources such as Stats Can, Housing NS and CMHC the team conducted focus group interviews, community engagement sessions and met with all 6 municipal councils in the region. The final report contained a community housing profile for each municipality featuring the data collected, a pilot housing project for each community which leveraged existing resources, and an “Idea Bank” of various housing ideas. The plan follows a philosophy of leveraging community resources to take action on affordable housing opportunities.
Funding for the project was provided by Housing Nova Scotia and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This project received the “Best Comprehensive Plan” award from the Atlantic Planners Institute “Planning Excellence Awards” in 2016.