Finding affordable housing that is safe, secure and accessible is a challenge throughout Nova Scotia for many, especially those living on low incomes or with a disability. In response, more and more community groups are forming to learn about and to take action around the issue.

Building on last year’s people’s school and community think tanks about housing needs, the Extension Department at StFX will co-host a People’s School on May 11th to explore ways to build the research capacity of community groups to provide evidence about local needs and support their housing goals.

Extension is working in partnership with the Strait Richmond Housing Group, and the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS), to plan the People’s School on Housing Needs: From Research to Action.

Participants will learn about various ways to gather and use information from researchers such as Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor at Cape Breton University; Fred Deveaux, Executive Director of the Cape Breton Community Housing Association; and Peggy Vassallo, Health Promoter, Public Health. They will also have an opportunity to share experiences about their initiatives and what resources may be available to help community groups get started.

The Extension Department and its partners are looking for a broad cross-section of groups and individuals interested in community-driven housing to attend on May 11th. The people’s school will be held at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (lunch provided). Numbers are limited. To register, go to “2019 Registration” at www.stfxextension.ca

 

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