More than 100 low- to moderate-income Nova Scotia families are getting help to make major repairs to their homes under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, announced today, Aug. 5, an investment of $3.1 million that will help to bring about 115 older homes in the province up to current health and safety standards. To date, the total amount invested in the home preservation component of the affordable housing program is $6.5 million. “This program helps address the health and safety needs of low- to moderate-income households by ensuring their homes meet current standards,” said Mr. Morse. “It allows families to keep homes that may have otherwise been lost to them.” “We are pleased to be making this investment to help low- to moderate-income individuals and families in Nova Scotia maintain a quality standard of living,” said Mr. Regan. “This program ensures the preservation of affordable housing units that might not otherwise be available for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the country, but some of the oldest homes. Funding under the Home Preservation Program will help more home owners make major repairs, such as structural work to replace foundations or framing, or to update heating, plumbing, or electrical systems. Including today’s announcement, more than $18 million has been committed by the provincial and federal governments for the construction or renovation of more than 450 units in the province. With the recent signing of the second phase of the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement, the total funding committed to affordable housing in Nova Scotia stands at $56.18 million by 2008. Information on the Home Preservation Program and the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .