Rooming houses are disappearing in Halifax, and negative media coverage of this crucial type of affordable housing has contributed to its disappearance, says professor Jill Grant.
Now that the North End Community Health Centre has moved to new quarters on Gottingen Street, the Johanna B Oosterveld Centre, often referred to as the JBO, is lost to the community. Many local groups used that space for meetings, press conferences, panels and other activities. Nancy Hunter. who used to teach a yoga class there, believes it’s part of a trend and wonders what we can do to stop it.
Call it rural gentrification. Lucasville, an African Nova Scotian community near Lower Sackville with a proud 200-year history is slowly being erased. But this time at least we have some good news to report. It appears that the stubborn issue of shrinking community boundaries will finally be addressed.
Tenants of Harbour City Homes on Brunswick Street don’t know that their landlord is up to. Last summer the not-for-profit was forced to sell nine buildings and 34 affordable housing units were lost to the North End. Are things going better now? Having a seat on the Board of Directors would answer such questions, tenants suggest. Right now the company isn’t talking.
ACORN Nova Scotia asked municipal candidates in North End Halifax, Dartmouth East, Dartmouth Centre and Spryfield where they stand on issues that matter to people who live in poverty. Things like affordable housing, slum landlords, and pay day loan sharks. Here are their responses.
Some excellent points were made at a well-attended press conference organized by low income people in the North End on the topic of poverty and the municipal election. It fell a bit on deaf ears, though, as just one reporter and one municipal candidate made an appearance.
Some questions ACORN Nova Scotia suggests you should ask as you chat with municipal candidates this Fall.
North End condos are standing empty. These same condos are pushing long time residents out of their neighborhood. Acorn Nova Scotia says, why not rent them out for a rent people can afford?
How racist planning shaped the development of the north end and how the influence of the development industry over city is preventing meaningful action to reduce gentrification in the neighborhood.
The government walking away from Bloomfield is a disastrous blow to affordable housing. North End gentrification will continue unabated.