Living in Downtown HRM – The Darkside


Don’t blame one government official or even a whole council, Legislature or House of Commons.

Blame decades of them.

My lifetime. Nationwide,  few real issues, especially ones that affect lower income bracket individuals, get past this phase.

” Let’s roll up our sleeves, get the pen out and write a cheque for another report”

Homelessness is a killer.

I’ve been homeless.

Drug addiction .. mental illness .. family tragedy .. I’ve been homeless. Three times in my life. It sucks.

It’s a killer.

Once one has been homeless it’s next to impossible to ever see that person again as the job creator. The economic stimulator. The tax payer.

I was all that way more than I was ever homeless. But be clear.

I was homeless three times in my life for years at a time and like thousands and thousands of Canadians today, about 100 bucks a month away from being there again.

In the 2016 municipal election our Mayor , well intended, announced bold measures to deal with the affordable housing crisis in the HRM.

Housing is a Provincial power.  Responsibility. I believe what the Mayor was referring to was the Centre Plan.  More on that later.

We were told there was a plan. That there is a plan.

Or is there a plan really?

In 2015, we learned that Twelve percent of the municipality’s population is in extreme housing need. That’s 46,000 people who are spending 50 percent or more of their income on housing.

Almost every fact that local politicians or agents of the government or the media quotes us today on housing and homelessness comes from the United Way and Housing and Homelessness Partnership .

Numbers and talking points for the last two years gleaned from  FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2020

I’m going to presume that Pad Mapper, the group that put this current report out included of the HRM and not simply peninsular Halifax.

Is that safe? Maybe it’s not safe but I am going to go with it anyway.

In October 2017  HRM get’s into tenth spot for pricey pads.

That’s a four position jump from March 2017.

And a seven position jump since February.

Winters back is broken

Going into a new season in a new year and I am pretty excited about it.

New Years for me is always February 04. It’s my way of remembering and honoring my Brother Eric.  His Birthday.