Wolfville offers displaced man a cash fix, but he just wants to go home

Jennifer Hoegg and Wendy Elliott
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Brown keeps a path shoveled to his old home at 14 Gaspereau Ave. since he hopes to access his belongings soon.

 Peter Brown isn’t sure he wants to take Wolfville up on its offer of financial compensation.

"I'll talk to my lawyer," he said Feb. 7. "They gave me ten days to decide."

Meanwhile Brown keeps a path shoveled to his old home at 14 Gaspereau Ave. since he hopes to access his belongings soon.

The Wolfville man was forced out of his rental unit in December, when power was shut off to the main building on the property, after the town determined it was unsafe.

After Rev. Barry Marrison advocated for Brown at the Feb. 4 town council meeting, Pyrcz said council didn’t think it possible for Brown to return to his rental unit, but the town wants to help.

Read more about the meeting here

 “Council authorized me to offer a transitional fund in the neighbourhood of $200 to $250 a month to help him transition into a new sustainable housing situation. That would last for six months,” Pyrcz said.

The CAO said a legal opinion obtained by the town was that the cost of re-establishing electricity might not be recoverable through a lien on the property, which is up for tax sale in March.

 “After that we can’t guarantee Mr. Brown would have access to the property,” Pyrcz pointed out.

Speaking on Feb. 7, Morrison said he got the sense at last week's town council meeting that Brown was caught between the town and his landlord through no fault of his own. He pointed out a compassionate community can make a big difference.

"It's not about assigning blame, but accepting responsibility and acting appropriately. The landlord has a huge responsibility."

Brown expressed his appreciation for the advocacy of Rev. Barry Morrison and legal aid lawyer David Daniels.

"It's good to have people behind you," Brown stated.

Geographic location: Wolfville

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