Province Invests in Affordable Housing in Sydney

first_imgAbout 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 .last_img read more

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Afghanistan UN helps Government draw up national strategy to tackle drought

“A sound national strategy to address the problem of drought has become essential not only for agriculture and economic development, but for the survival and the success of the Afghan people,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative Serge Verniau told the gathering in Kabul, the capital. Organized by the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water together with FAO, the workshop on Planning and Management of Water Resources for Drought Management in Afghanistan, which ended yesterday, drew participants from key government ministers and agencies involved in drought management. It analyzed the current drought problem and its agricultural, social and environmental impacts. It also reviewed existing drought management practices, and agreed on the need to set up institutional support, including the creation of a National Drought Committee, making several recommendations for designing a sound national strategy. read more

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