Kendall Worth with a follow up on an earlier story about a family pushed out of their home and the neighborhood they love because of a huge rent increase.
Roving reporter and anti-poverty advocate Jodi Brown meets up with Crystal, a public housing tenant in Halifax who has a sad and way too common story to tell about public housing waiting lists.
More about widespread heating issues at Greystone Drive public housing units in Spryfield, and the Housing Authority’s apparent inability to fix it once and for all. “Maybe nobody cares because we are not as well off as everybody else. That’s almost how I feel,” one of the affected tenants says.
It took contractors working for the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority 36 hours to restore heat in a 6-unit building in the Greystone Drive area in Spryfield. The Housing Authority blames the high winds of the January “weather bomb” for causing the furnace problems. Problem with that response is that it wasn’t windy when the furnace died.
The state of public housing in Nova Scotia at times is terrible. There is no other way to describe it. Last week I drove to Sheet Harbour and met Brent and Donna, very nice people who deserve better than having to call and call again for somebody to deal with a backed up septic tank, or to have mould simply spray painted over. We hear these stories a lot, and we go check them out when we can.
It is terribly important that we support the few people in Nova Scotia who are on welfare and/or live in public housing who speak out publicly about the conditions they face, not only for what they have to tell us, but also for the simple act of saying it. They are examples and inspirations, what they do is crucial. Jodi Brown is one of these people, and this Weekend’s Video is about her unexpected encounter with both welfare and public housing. One day you have a job, then you get sick, next thing you have $56 grocery money for an entire month.
Check out Jodi Brown’s video for a glimpse into the horrible living conditions faced by two seniors both in their late sixties who live in a public housing unit in Halifax.
Barry Walters’ rent in a public housing apartment building for seniors went up from $285 per month when he first move in in late 2015, to a whopping $812 today. It”s all the Feds’ fault, says Housing Nova Scotia. Well, that’ doesn’t really help me, Walters says.
Tenants of social housing in Spryfield and elsewhere are tired of waiting for repairs, and are resuming their countdown to a full blown rent strike. Liberal MLA Brendan Maguire is offering his full support to the group that issued the strike call.
Tired of waiting for repairs and tired of promises, public housing tenants in Spryfield and elsewhere are talking about a rent strike.