Antigonish Affordable Housing Society
The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) aims to break the cycle of poverty vulnerable people find themselves in, and to improve the quality of their lives by providing community-supported, high quality affordable and energy-efficient housing, along with provision of supports to tenants to navigate services and facilitate community building among tenants.
Our first initiative, Riverside Estates on Hope Lane, was built in two phases. Phase 1 opened in March 2017; Phase 2 in October 2018. All 14 one- and two-bedroom units are now fully occupied.
Our second housing complex, Appleseed Court, opened in January 2022 with 14 newly build units. Riverside Estates, our first initiative, was built in two stages with the 12 units occupied since 2018. Thirty percent of units are barrier free. Tenants are drawn from Antigonish town and county, and comprise single- and dual-parent families, African Nova Scotians, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, Indigenous People and range in age from infancy to 90-plus years of age. Each complex includes a community room, community gardens and a playground.
The Society continues to explore new ways to address the ongoing need for affordable housing in rural areas of the province.