Halifax developers make apartments available to Syrian refugees

Yvette d'Entremont ydentremont@hfxnews.ca
Published on January 4, 2016

MLA Labi Kousoulis, left, and Wadih Fares announce apartments for refugees at the Lord Nelson Hotel Jan. 4.

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METRO HALIFAX - A number of Halifax area developers have made 16 vacant apartment units available to Syrian refugees who may come to the region.

Halifax Citadel-Sable Island MLA Labi Kousoulis announced the news on Monday in the company of local developers who are part of the initiative.

The vacant units will be made available for one year and are located around Bedford, Clayton Park, Spryfield and south end Halifax.

The combined annual rental value of the 16 units is $200,000.

Most of the donated apartments are two- or three-bedroom unfurnished units. Kousoulis said the donation was for the units themselves.

Utilities will be covered by the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), the department of immigration or the refugee families.