Wolfville man left homeless accepts town's rental subsidy
Peter Brown offered $250 for six months towards new apartment
A Wolfville man has accepted the town's offer of a six-month rental subsidy after being left homeless when his power was wrongfully disconnected before Christmas.
Earlier this month, Wolfville town council offered a $250 subsidy to help Peter Brown transition into a new apartment.
The electricity at Brown's converted garage rental unit was shut off in December after a dispute between the landlord and the town.
An unattached house on the property was condemned as a dangerous building by the town, and the electricity shut off, despite Brown's apartment not being on the order to vacate.
I would prefer [to stay] but that's not the way it turned out- Peter Brown
Brown is glad to have a new place, but disappointed he can't return to live at the place he's rented for more than two years.
"I would prefer [to stay] but that's not the way it turned out," Brown said. "So the place I got now is a nice place. I'm relieved to have it over."
A custodian at Wolfville Baptist Church, Brown lived in the facility's basement for a month before moving in with a stranger.
No legal requirement
There had been various quotes on what it would cost to reconnect Brown's apartment, with new pole and wiring coming in at around $5,000.
Nova Scotia Legal Aid had previously sent a letter to council asking it to pay for the new line, but Brown's lawyer David Daniels said the town didn't believe they had a legal obligation.
"Because the town didn't do this initial work to see what would have been required to allow Peter stay there, the town claims it can't do the work and also put it as a first lien against the home," Daniels said.
Brown said after the subsidy runs out he'll need to budget more carefully and look for a third part-time job to pay the increased rent on his new place.