The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) was originally formed in 1993, but was unsuccessful in its efforts to develop an affordable housing project. In 2011, as a result of the work of the Antigonish Anti-Poverty Coalition, AAHS was re-established, and in 2014 it became a registered Canadian charity with a new board of directors. We now have a group of committed volunteers who bring with them a wealth of skills in accounting, building development and management, communications, and community development, as well as rich experience in connecting with people living on low incomes, and being in that situation.
AAHS envisions having sufficient environmentally, socially and financially sustainable, community-supported affordable housing available to residents of Antigonish Town and County who are living on low incomes.
The mission of the Society is to research and develop opportunities to create (i.e. build new or renovate existing) affordable housing and provide social support for the residents of our developments.
We broke ground on our first initiative, Phase 1 of Riverside Estates, during the construction season in 2016. The four-unit building opened for occupancy in April 2017. Phase 2 was completed in October 2018 adding another 10 one and two-bedroom apartments.
We continue to fundraise and seek opportunities and ideas to address the continuing need for affordable housing in the Antigonish area.