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Family Priced Out Of Rental Market On N.S. South Shore Forced To Live In Tents – Halifax | Globalnews.ca

Family Priced Out Of Rental Market On N.S. South Shore Forced To Live In Tents – Halifax | Globalnews.ca

A campground in Lunenburg, N.S., is the only makeshift home Jessica Smith and her family could find after months of searching.

“We had a short-term rental from October until June 1. So, from October 2021 until now, we’ve been looking for a rental,” Smith said.

Smith is a lifelong South Shore resident and says even with a full-time job as a continuing care assistant, she’s priced out of the rental market.

“Rent has gone up drastically. If anything is available, it’s short-term or there’s a lot of Airbnbs happening right now, or there’s just not places big enough, suitable, for a large family,” she said.

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Smith decided to publicly share the struggle her family is facing because she knows there are many others in similar positions.

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“The government and everybody needs to be aware of what’s actually happening. They need to try to get something in place for families that don’t have a home and don’t qualify to buy a home. They need to hear us,” she said.


Jessica Smith says she’s sharing her story to highlight the housing problem.


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The community is rallying behind the family with support and widespread efforts to find them suitable housing.

“A stranger … reached out to me and she has gathered up a lot of people that are donating stays at Airbnbs, she’s promoting small businesses as well. So, every day she’s trying to get a small business to donate something, and then…

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