Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Announces It Will Not Move Forward with Spryfield Development

The sale of land will help fund construction in other communities in Nova Scotia.

After careful consideration, the Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Board of Directors has made the difficult decision not to move forward with the affordable housing development known as Habitat Way in Spryfield. The project included plans for 52 residential units and up to seven backyard units.

After analyzing the construction costs of Habitat Way, it became clear that the project is not financially viable for our non-profit organization. Habitat for Humanity is not immune to the rising costs of home construction. The cost of building infrastructure and the land’s density rules, which do not allow for developments larger than duplexes, contributed to the high cost. The development would impose an unsustainable level of debt on Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia, preventing the organization from pursuing other building opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s priority is ensuring that its partner families are set up for success in their new homes. Partner families volunteer 500 hours and pay an affordable, no-down-payment mortgage – geared to their income – to buy their home at fair market value. The high costs of Habitat Way would make it impossible for partner families to build equity in their homes.

While this decision was difficult to make, it is important that Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia takes on projects that set up its partner families for long-term success through affordable homeownership. No individual donor dollars have gone toward the work that has been done on Habitat Way.

The property off Drysdale Road and River Road will be sold, and the sale of the land will help Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia to undertake new projects that better fit its needs and those of its partner families.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our staff, consultants, volunteers, donors, partners and Board of Directors for the time, energy and extraordinary effort put into the Habitat Way project. Your commitment to helping families in Nova Scotia achieve affordable homeownership is inspiring, and we look forward to partnering with you as we work toward a better future.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia remains dedicated to building affordable homes in Nova Scotia and advocating for affordable homeownership. We see the need for more affordable and deeply affordable housing units in Nova Scotia, and we are committed to working alongside government, for-profit and not-for-profit partners in the province to address this gap.

We will continue to look for new land and financially viable opportunities to build affordable housing in the province, and we will continue to advocate for affordable homeownership and the strength, stability and independence it provides for families in Nova Scotia. If you would like to contact us about building opportunities or partnerships, please contact us at donna@habitatns.ca

For Media Inquiries, please reach out to Caleb Freeman, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Manager of Marketing and Communications at caleb@habitatns.ca

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