Affordable housing would make a huge difference in the quality of life of less fortunate members of the community and a plan is in the works that could help many of them.

Open Arms executive director John Andrew says the organization recently acquired the former Kentville Christian Reformed Church building and 3.5 acres of land on Oakdene Avenue for an affordable housing development. The plan is to offer lower-than-market rent rates for low-income earners.

“It’s very taxing on people to be put in that place of having to worry about where they’re going to live month-to-month,” Andrew said. “If we can put a dent into that then we’ve done something very good and we’ll be overjoyed.”