Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Red Cross struggles to house people displaced by emergencies

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways:

  • Households are being migrated to campgrounds, hotels, and AirBnBs also used by visitors.
  • According to a Red Cross official in Nova Scotia, families displaced by the blaze, flooding, or other crises have problems finding a place to live.

The Canadian Red Cross is working to find housing in Nova Scotia for displaced people.

Generally, the Red Cross can find temporary housing for people who have lost their houses due to a crisis such as a fire or a flood. But the accommodation problem and low hotel vacancies due to tourism make that challenging or impossible.

Bill Lawlor, director of Atlantic government and strategic considerations for the Red Cross, says the circumstances began to decline in late May.

“We feel the crunch during most tourism seasons, but this year has been like none other in my 24 years with the Red Cross.”

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The Canadian Red Cross is working to find housing in Nova Scotia for displaced people

Several displaced Nova Scotians, especially in the Halifax Regional Municipality, have been located at AirBnBs and campgrounds. 

But campgrounds and AirBnBs are loading up with tourist season, too.

“The nature of our job is very last minute, and that’s when you drive into challenges. We have little or no challenges if it’s a Monday or Tuesday afternoon. But once we come close to the weekend … we definitely have challenges,” said Lawlor.

Source – CBC News

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