Who is the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia?


The Housing Trust of Nova Scotia was founded in 2009 to address the increasing challenges facing low to moderate-income households in finding affordable housing in many HRM neighbourhoods, especially ones near established and emerging business centres in walkable communities.

Our original intent was to build and manage affordable multi-family rental buildings utilizing a “mixed-income” model and targeting a 50/50 mix of affordable and market-rate units. In 2021, the Housing Trust pivoted to an acquisition strategy to accelerate its impact and maximize the number of units it stewards for the community.

Since its founding, its board members have been leaders in the private real estate sector, with expertise in real estate finance, law, development, architecture, and property management. This depth and breadth of experience and knowledge are an advantage in building a strong non-profit housing provider. Over time, the board added expertise in environmental sustainability. It’s now actively engaged in succession planning to represent the community better and respond to emerging opportunities while maintaining its focus on skills and expertise.