Media Release

January 11, 2012

Renovations Underway at Froude Avenue Community Centre

Major renovations are now underway at the Froude Avenue Community Centre, as Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has awarded a contract valued at $511,300 to Diversified Construction Ltd.

“These renovations will give Froude Avenue Community Centre patrons, staff, volunteers and board members an improved space,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “This work is a key part of the ongoing revitalization of the Cashin Avenue-Froude Avenue neighbourhood and these enhancements will help serve the future needs of the community.”

The work will include an extension to the community centre’s multi-purpose room along with exterior renovations including new windows, doors and siding. The project is scheduled to be complete in July 2012.

“Everyone who avails of the programs and services offered at the centre are delighted these renovations are taking place,” said Bob Dawson, Executive Director, Froude Avenue Community Centre. “Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has been making steady progress with revitalizing the neighbourhood and these new renovations will certainly complement that momentum.”

Froude Avenue Community Centre is one of eight community centres and affiliated neighbourhood centres supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation throughout the province. Since 1985, this multi-purpose facility has provided recreational, health, educational, social and vocational programs to more than 450 people. Programs include After School Drop-in, Homework Haven, Computer Program, Community Kitchen, and Public Health Nursing Clinic.

The administrative office for the centre is operating from 26 Froude Avenue while renovations are ongoing, and programs are being offered at various locations in the area.

A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, outlines a long-term vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of people with low incomes and helping create healthier communities. Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador also allocated $25.9 million for social housing infrastructure, including $10.4 million for maintenance and $12 million for renovations and improvements.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,573 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Jason Card
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
729-3015, 699-0470
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Bob Dawson
Executive Director
Froude Avenue Community Centre