About 15 families in Cape Breton will have a new place to call home within the next year through a $2-million investment in family housing. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Jan. 16, that several construction projects will soon be tendered to build semi-detached homes and triplexes in the Sydney area. “Providing good homes is important for healthy families,” said Premier Dexter. “In addition to investing in affordable housing, we’ve taken other steps over the past 18 months to make life better for families. “We have removed the provincial portion of the HST from children’s shoes, clothes and diapers, and introduced the Affordable Living Tax and the Poverty Reduction Tax Credits.” “This investment gives low-income families the helping hand they need to get into safe, affordable homes,” said Community Services Minister, Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “These new homes will provide a platform that will help families live better, healthier lives, and regain their economic independence.” More than $13 million has been invested in social housing in Cape Breton since 2009. “Investments in affordable housing are vital to Cape Breton communities,” said John Aylward with Venture Solutions, a proponent of affordable housing solutions. “I have seen first hand the effect new housing options have on those in need, not to mention the benefits to communities.” To date, under the Affordable Housing Program, more than 1,600 affordable housing units have been created or preserved around Nova Scotia. For more information on these projects, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing .