A Halifax nonprofit has launched a new housing program for young people that will allow three students to return home.
"We are excited to have recently acquired a space, a house, to first provide affordable housing, very affordable housing for young people. Especially students in our community,” said Rob Morris, director of residential programs at Phoenix You Programs.
According to Morris, three of his nonprofit-supported students moved into housing. I'm in the middle of it. Rent is charged at a rate based on the student's income, keeping it affordable.
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``Unfortunately, I have chosen not to pursue further education because I cannot afford post-secondary education. I see people," Morris said.
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Three bedrooms One home is based on individual needs, which also provides support services to its residents.
"This could include financial literacy. It could include basic skills development if needed. Also trained staff here within Phoenix. It could also include mental health support from ,” said Marianne McTag, a focus case worker at the Phoenix Youth Program.
Morris said housing investments will provide support to students for up to five years during their post-secondary efforts.
Both McTague and Morris say the housing crisis has evolved to levels that neither have experienced in their careers.
"We see that shelter systems are fuller at all capacities, whether for youth or the general public. I see more and more people experiencing that," McTague said.
Both hope to have stable, safe and affordable homes so that their three students can focus on their education.
"This allows us to divert attention away from housing, which is a very big barrier," he concludes McTague.
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