As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, the Extension Department at StFX will co-host a People’s School on Affordable Housing on March 24th in partnership with the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS).
The purpose of the People’s School is to build awareness about the current state of affordable housing in Nova Scotia, and to initiate a broader conversation about what communities can do collectively to make a real difference in the lives of people living on low incomes.
Since it was created in 1928, the Extension Department has hosted numerous people’s schools on different topics including health, the economy and the Antigonish Movement.
Extension Director Phil Davison said, “Throughout our 90 year history the Extension Department has focused on promoting economic self-reliance and social well-eing through adult education and collective action. At particular times, affordable housing has been a key area of our work. We look forward to partnering with AAHS to create space for people to discuss and analyze the situation today.”
Colleen Cameron, AAHS Chair, said, “We know from our experience with the first phase of Riverside Estates that affordable housing transforms and enriches people’s lives. We’re looking forward to sharing our unique community-centred model, learning with others, and hopefully inspiring action.”
Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova, stated, “The cost of making sound investments in affordable housing is dramatically less than the cost of ignoring the social consequences of housing insecurity. I am pleased to see the benefits of our National Housing Strategy extend not only to our nation’s largest cities, but to the inspiring work of groups such as AAHS, which serve the needs of small towns and rural communities.”
The Extension Department and the Society are looking for a broad cross-section of groups and individuals interested in affordable housing to attend on March 24th. The people’s school will be held at St. Ninian Place, Antigonish, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided). Numbers are limited. To register, go to “Events Registration” at http://www.stfxextension.ca