NDP introduces two bills on Affordable Housing
May 13, 2016
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016
Halifax, NS – This morning, the NDP Caucus introduced two new pieces of legislation to promote the development of more affordable housing across Nova Scotia. This legislation is very important as the Liberals have underspent the housing budget by millions of dollars.
“The Liberals underspent the budget for affordable housing by millions of dollars last year while there are thousands of people on the waitlist. This is completely unacceptable,” says Marian Mancini, NDP Community Services Critic.
The first bill says that if the province gives money to a developer for affordable housing, then the affordable housing must be in place for at least 15 years. Currently developers are able to use money they receive for affordable housing to build developments and within a few years return the units to market prices.
“The NDP’s plan will require developers who receive money to build affordable housing to actually build and maintain affordable housing,” says Mancini.
The second bill empowers municipalities to negotiate affordable housing as a public benefit when they are negotiating for development agreements. This bill amends the Municipal Government Act and the HRM Charter.
“Our plan will empower municipalities to include affordable housing requirements as a public good in development agreements – giving municipalities the power and flexibility they need to expand affordable housing,” concludes Mancini.
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