Recent and ongoing efforts

Updates on Emergency Accommodations 

Latest update: May 2 Municipal Update | Emergency Accommodations

Six modular units, an accessible modular unit, and a number of support units - for a total of nine units - have been installed on the western portion of the Centennial Pool parking lot accessed from Cogswell Street.

This site will accommodate 38 individuals, based on single occupancy.

An occupancy permit was issued on April 14 for 36 of the residential rooms. An occupancy permit for the barrier-free accessible unit (consisting of two bedrooms) and commercial kitchen is expected for May 3.

Timing for placement of individuals is determined by the province's service provider.

View all municipal updates and statements regarding emergency accommodations, as well as issues and actions related to homelessness in our region.

Temporary Overnight Shelter

Overnight accommodations available on a nightly basis until June 30 for those experiencing homelessness.
Status OPEN from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m.
Status OPEN from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m.
Location: Brunswick Street Mission | 2107 Brunswick St.

Recent Efforts Timeline

Winter 2021/22
  • The Province of Nova Scotia has extended a temporary overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness until June 30. The Brunswick Street Mission site is open from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m., replacing the temporary overnight shelter that had been operating at the Pavilion on the Halifax Common. 

  • The Province of Nova Scotia is operating a temporary overnight shelter at The Pavilion on the Halifax Common until March 31. The municipality is supporting the province by providing access to this facility.

    The temporary overnight shelter will be open each night from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. 

  • On March 1, 2022, Regional Council voted to redirect $206,000 from education to funds that support purchasing and maintaining modular units.

  • The municipality finalized its work to provide bedroom spaces at the Dartmouth modular unit site, including commissioning work to ensure all systems are operating properly and safely. 

    • Occupancy was approved for the four modular bedroom units on Jan. 13, 2022; and the provincial service provider, Out of the Cold, facilitated placement of individuals on Jan. 16. 

    • Occupancy of the modular unit to accommodate the two barrier-free bedrooms and single washroom was received on Feb. 8 and turned over to the service provider.

  • On Jan. 11, 2022, Regional Council approved an additional $1.2 million in spending to purchase and install modular units at the Halifax and Dartmouth sites, as well as address suitable temporary housing to address needs of unhoused residents.

Fall 2021
  • On Nov. 9. 2021, Regional Council approved allocating $3.2 million dollars towards the purchase, installation and maintenance of modular units, at two sites, to accommodate unhoused individuals in our region (see the report here). This is in addition to the $500,000 approved by Regional Council for emergency accommodations during the Aug. 31 meeting (see the report here).

  • The Executive Panel on Housing, announced in November 2021, is a provincial initiative. All inquiries should be directed to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Summer 2021
Rapid Housing Initiative

The municipality has been allocated more than $20 million through the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative program which will result in 137 units of new permanent, affordable housing.

  • In late 2020, Regional Council approved the funding for three affordable housing projects by Adsum for Women and Children. Mi’Kmaq Native Friendship Centre, and the North End Community Association for a total of 52 affordable units.  The projects will include a focus on people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness including urban Indigenous people, women and their children, Black Canadians as well as people with physical disabilities. Work on these three projects is expected to be complete by the end of the year and occupied by March 2022. View the staff report. 

  • Round two came to Council at the end of August 2021 with the approval of 85 units including the conversion of non-residential building in North Dartmouth through the Affordable Housing Association of NS; 8 modular homes on the Akoma site outside of Dartmouth; and 12 apartment units in West Chezzetcook with Souls Harbour. View the staff report.

  • Visit the Rapid Housing Initiative webpage for more information

Other Efforts
  • As housing insecurity continues to be an issue in the region, work with community partners and other levels of government has significantly accelerated, and collaboration has expanded to help address both affordable housing and homelessness.

  • There are a number of recent affordable housing initiatives approved by Regional Council, including:

    • Secondary & backyard suites
    • Affordable housing surplus land category
    • Multi-year tax relief for non-profit organizations
    • Affordable housing grant program
    • Waiving of municipal related construction fees
  • Other ongoing efforts to support affordable housing include:

    • Housing & Homelessness Partnership
    • Affordable Housing Work Plan
    • Rental Registration By-Law
    • Shared housing
    • Clustered tiny homes Short-term rentals
    • Land-use regulation
    • Cogswell District project
  • The municipality continues to address regulatory and service barriers for people experiencing housing insecurity such as removing fees, tax relief and donation of municipal land for affordable housing projects and installing public washrooms.

  • The municipality is currently developing a long-term strategy to guide the municipality’s response to homelessness.