Lunenburg girl renovating college bus to make it her new household

Kim J. Clark

Fed up with the high charge of rental housing, a Lunenburg, N.S., woman is renovating a former school bus to make it her lasting home.

Dayle Crouse moved out of her most new rental in May perhaps for the reason that she was searching for one thing lesser, and fewer high-priced. When she couldn’t find a new location in her price range, she made a decision to spend the summer months residing in a tent at a campground with her two kids.

When not at her task at a espresso roaster in Lunenburg, Crouse has been functioning on correcting up the bus, which has included gutting the interior. The following move will be insulating the floors, ceiling and partitions to make the bus winter-welcoming.

Crouse told CBC Radio’s Mainstreet she understands lots of people today with properly-having to pay, entire-time positions who are struggling to come across cost-effective housing in the province.

“I see so several persons on Facebook and they’re like, ‘Get a job, quit mooching,’ … and which is not the issue,” she claimed.

“I just want them to know this is influencing their neighbours, their little ones, their spouses, persons with mental health and fitness difficulties, and housing is health and fitness.”

Crouse has been gutting the inside of the previous South Shore Regional Faculty Board bus, which has involved ripping up the floors. (Emma Smith/CBC)

Acceptable housing fees have been as soon as a providing place for living in Nova Scotia, but prices have spiked in modern years amid a housing stock that has not saved up with population advancement.

Advocates and tenants have been sounding alarm bells more than the point out of the housing marketplace, such as during the new provincial election. 

The concern captured extra public attention in mid-August when Halifax law enforcement pepper sprayed and arrested protesters in the city’s downtown as officers cleared dozens of tents and temporary shelters from encampments in neighborhood parks and inexperienced spaces.

Crouse reported all levels of government have to have to think about creative options to the affordable housing shortage.

What the city is executing

Lunenburg Mayor Matt Risser said the demand for housing in Lunenburg exceeds the provide.

“I assume it truly is certainly very regrettable that folks are acquiring to do these varieties of issues to find satisfactory and very affordable housing,” he claimed.

Risser claimed housing is a provincial accountability, but the town is doing what it can to assistance out.

“It is really a complicated and difficult difficulty and you will find no panacea,” he mentioned. “The main way that we as a municipality can handle this is as a result of planning and zoning and land use, and that’s what we are carrying out.”

Risser explained the city just lately redid its municipal planning method, land-use bylaws and ancillary regulations. He reported these steps will permit for an improved provide of housing in Lunenburg, everything from large-density, mid-rise units to accent dwellings in set up neighbourhoods.

Province thinking of extending rent regulate

Nova Scotia’s housing minister, John Lohr, reported previous week his authorities is thinking about extending rent regulate beyond the present-day point out of crisis.

“We’re on the lookout at what possible remedies there are, I am on the lookout at that,” Lohr informed reporters next a cabinet meeting Thursday in Halifax.

Mainstreet NS11:48Hear from a Lunenburg resident who is earning her individual residence from an previous college bus

Dayle Crouse purchased an old university bus previously this summer and programs to be dwelling in it with her son sometime upcoming yr. 11:48

“I am pretty worried about what I feel are egregious increases in rent and we’re wanting at all of our choices.”

Lohr said he carries on to fulfill with stakeholders and will take into account all opportunity avenues to assistance.

Crouse bought the bus at an auction and started renovating it previous month. (Emma Smith/CBC)

Crouse explained she’s invested the previous two decades studying how to renovate “schoolies.” She likes the idea of dwelling off-grid and using up a scaled-down footprint, but she’s not confident she would have taken the leap and bought a faculty bus if rental rates ended up more reasonable. 

“It is difficult to make the leap when you have a security web. I had no security internet,” she reported. 

Regulations around dwelling in a bus complete-time range relying on in which you are living in the province, and Crouse admits she has a lot more investigation to do about the procedures in Lunenburg. 

She’s setting up to spend the winter in a cottage and carry on renovating the bus. She hopes it will be ready by following summer season.

“If this fails, nicely, so what?” stated Crouse. “Since I have almost nothing else anyway so let’s just do it, with wild abandon.”

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