Province offering more rent supplements for people waiting for public housing

The province says it's going to spend $18 million over the next three years to create up to 1,500 new affordable housing opportunities through rent supplements.

Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, says rent supplements bridge the gap between what people waiting for public housing can afford and the actual rental costs for units owned by private sector or not-for-profit landlords.

More than a third of the rent supplements will be available for use in the Halifax region, with about 160 available this year.

Three-hundred of the rent supplements will be targeted for use by community agencies that support households who experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, with 60 of them available this year. 

The remaining targeted rent supplements will be determined by Housing Nova Scotia and its community partners in subsequent years.

Housing Nova Scotia says the new rent supplements will help reduce the public housing waitlist by 30 per cent over the next three years.

There are currently about 17-hundred rent supplements in use today, and more than 11-thousand public housing units in Nova Scotia.