Members of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS) are doing their happy dance after being awarded the $100,000 grand prize in the 2017 national Aviva Community Fund competition.

The Society’s Housing for Hope initiative was one of 14 grand prize winners announced on December 5th at a countdown event at the People’s Place Library. During the online competition, two million votes were cast for 504 projects across the country.

AAHS Chair, Colleen Cameron, credits the people of Antigonish and others across Canada and beyond for the win. “We wouldn’t have made it into the finals without their help,” Cameron said. She also recognized the support of the town and county of Antigonish, Housing Nova Scotia, the Bergengren Credit Union and the Sisters of Saint Martha.

AAHS will use the award to create a Community Room in Phase 2 of Riverside Estates for residents to meet and to build relationships with the broader Antigonish community.

A Community Room is one of three key ingredients in the Society’s vision of building community while creating affordable housing for people living on low incomes. The other two include the Community Navigator position and the Tenant Advisory Group.

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