Affordable, Supportive Housing
We believe housing is a primary need, other issues that may affect an individual can be addressed once housing is secured. It's because of this that we proudly own and operate two affordable, supportive apartments, providing a home to 31 individuals and ending years of chronic homelessness.
We believe in supporting people in a nonjudgemental environment while promoting compassion and dignity. We believe in a harm-reduction model that enables us to serve people experiencing multiple barriers.
Abraham Maslow, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs 1943
On May 14, 2012 our 19-unit apartment building opened. After opening, a contest was held, allowing our first tenants to name it. The winning submission, "The Rebuilding", was selected for what it represents - the tenant insightfully chose this name because the space represents where they are ‘rebuilding’ their lives.
The Rebuilding - est. 2012
Currently, The Rebuilding is a supported apartment complex for 19 individuals who identify as male or are gender diverse. It offers individual housing for tenants referred from the community "by name" list. Employees are available to support tenants on a 24/7 basis and are on-site daily. The rooms are a selection of bachelor and one bedroom units. The rooms come fully furnished, some meals are provided, free coffee, a milk program, a common room and shared laundry, as well as internet and telephone access.
The Rebuilding interesting facts (2019)
• The average age of a tenant at The Rebuilding is 54
• The tenants at The Rebuilding rely heavily on the food resources in the community, but this past year, we added our volunteer led Adopt-a-Meal program
• The Nook Espresso Bar & Lounge has a unique token program (customers purchase tokens to be used by anyone who needs a meal). They ensure that tokens are delivered to the tenants so they can visit the restaurant and have a free meal.
Food security now exists at Herring Cove Apartments because of Joan's Table, a volunteer led "adopt-a-meal" program run by a mother and daughter team.
Joan's Table Quick Facts
- They just served their 500th meal
- Have over 180 volunteers now
- Have donated over $14K to Shelter NS
Herring Cove Apartments - est. 2015
Herring Cove Apartments is a supported living environment for individuals who identify as male or are gender diverse and are experiencing long term alcohol dependence and have a history of homelessness. We provide supported, affordable housing to up to 12 people in the form of shared apartments, enabling our tenants to create a sense of community.
Through intensive 24/7 on site support, tenants are able to develop personal goals related to meaningful daily activity, social relationships and networks. Tenants are also given assistance with medication management, support to ensure rent and bills are paid and crisis intervention. We offer minimal barrier, high tolerance housing in a harm reduction environment. With a goal of eviction prevention, employees support individuals with long term alcohol dependence for whom traditional recovery methods have not been successful.
In 2019, we introduced the "eating healthy is living happy" life skills/meal program to the tenants. It teaches skills such as grocery budgeting, prepping and cooking a meal. The result is that tenants learned about healthy meal choices while socializing with one another.
Herring Cove Apartment Advisory Committee
• Jim Graham, Executive Director Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia
• Robin McNeil, Deputy Chief of Police Halifax Regional Municipality
• Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia
• Claire McNeil, Dalhousie Legal Aid