Funds announced for social housing in Colchester County

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TRURO - The provincial and federal governments are investing in low-income housing.

A $4-million investment during the next year will allow for repairs and upgrades to the homes of people living in social housing.

Funding is through the Canada-Nova Scotia Social Housing Agreement and work will begin soon across the province.

Of the funds announced, $330,000 has been allotted for building upgrades, $50,000 for health and safety and $50,000 for accessibility for projects in the Cobequid region including East Hants, Cumberland and Colchester counties.

Elizabeth MacDonald, spokeswoman for the provincial department of Community Services, said some of the projects announced in the Cobequid region will take place in Colchester County.

"The plans are still being finalized for the exact work and details will be available soon," said MacDonald.

"The tenders are supposed to be going out any day now."

The three categories of repairs and upgrades are:

- Building upgrades: To repair and replace deteriorated roofs, windows, doors, siding upgrade older heating systems, and improve public-area flooring seniors' buildings.

- Health and safety: Improvements such as replacing sprinklers, ensure buildings continue to meet fire regulations and upgrade fire alarms designed to warn seniors about fires.

- Accessibility: To upgrade public corridors, exterior walkways and parking areas.


Organizations: Community Services

Geographic location: Colchester County, Cobequid, East Hants

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