Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says people living in homes managed by a housing authority should be able to expect regular maintenance and repair.
Today in the Legislature, Dunn introduced the Safer Homes Act. This Bill would requires housing which is operated or managed by a housing authority to be regularly maintained and to satisfy any minimum standards prescribed by any applicable by-laws.
Dunn says a lot of people who live in these properties are seniors who only want to live independently, on a fixed budget, and who deserve to also be proud of where they live.
“It may be a door not working properly, or something more serious and it can become very frustrating to people living in these areas,” says Dunn. “This may seem like a small change in how we maintain yards and buildings, but it means the world to the people who are living in these places.”
New Glasgow resident Nancy Terris is thankful someone is standing up for her and other people living in her community.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to walk out your door and see the same lightbulb, one required for safe entry, that hasn’t been changed for three months,” said Terris. “Even worse when you report the incident time and time again and nothing is done.”
Dunn is hopeful that this bill will raise the standard for housing authorities across the province.
“Everyone deserves to be proud of where they live- let’s make it a priority for this government,” says Dunn.
The Bill can be found on the Nova Scotia Legislature website.