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St. Margaret's Bay, NS

St. Margaret's Bay Sustainable Housing Workshop

Sponsored by Transition Bay and the Seniors Association
Held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Luke's United Church

SMB Sustainable Housing LogoVibrant communities recognize the need for sustainable housing which is accessible and affordable by both younger and older generations. John McKee of the Seniors Association Housing Committee commented “We live in a prosperous, beautiful area of the province, yet there is almost no affordable rental accommodation for seniors or young people – we need to do something”.

Young people, single parents, empty nesters and seniors living on modest or fixed incomes with family ties to the community who might wish to stay or settle in the area cannot find affordable accommodation and are obliged to live with extended family or move elsewhere in the Province.

To address the need for accessible and affordable housing in our community, Transition Bay and the Seniors Association of St Margarets Bay jointly sponsored a community workshop to explore ways that can encourage the development of attractive, economical and sustainable housing that the whole community can be proud of.

The keynote speaker for the event was Jim Mustard, a Councillor from the Municipality of Inverness County in Cape Breton who has been instrumental in implementing new and innovative approaches to the development and financing of affordable housing in Cape Breton with an emphasis on community involvement.

Following Jim's presentation, and presentations by others with knowledge of community housing development, the group was asked to put their heads together in the afternoon to come up with potential solutions that are practical and would enhance our community.

Over 70-people from SMB and area attended the workshop and contributed to the results. Many of the group have volunteered to continue and have the motivation, skills or resources necessary to make this goal a reality, especially those with backgrounds in the development, construction or financing of both market and affordable housing.


David Wimberly of Transition Bay and John McKee of the Seniors Association agree to work together toward affordable & sustainable housing for seniors and youth.

Click here to see the Workshop Photo Gallery

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