In March 2023, the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia entered a $20M partnership with the Government of Nova Scotia to build and operate housing designated for healthcare and other skilled workers. The initiative will create at least fifty units of housing in at least three communities.
Each site will be developed with retention in mind to support healthcare workers integration and permanent settlement in communities.
The initiative addresses two pressing social issues, the lack of housing for healthcare workers and the shortage of affordable housing. The Housing Trust will implement its mixed-income model at each location and work with local healthcare organizations to reach eligible residents.
Minister Lohr announced the first project on September 8, 2023. Read more here.
The Housing Trust purchased the Wheelhouse Motel at 31 Knickle Road, Lunenburg. The existing motel will be converted to one-bedroom and studio apartments, and townhouses will be added to the lot. The final mix of unit types and number will be confirmed in the design phase which started immediately after the purchase was confirmed.
Other locations will be announced as they are confirmed.