Media Release

April 5, 2012

Revitalization of St. John’s Social Housing Neighbourhood Continues

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) continues the revitalization of the Cashin Avenue neighbourhood with an investment of $977,000 to renovate and remodel an eight-unit social housing building.

“These renovations will see major remodelling of the building and will help create social housing spaces that will be an excellent fit for this vibrant neighbourhood,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “This work is a key part of the ongoing revitalization plan for this area that has also included substantial renovations to Froude Avenue Community Centre, the construction of four accessible homes, and renovations to many more units.”

G.S. Hunt Ltd. has been awarded the contract to carry out work on the building located at the corner of Vimy Avenue and Cashin Avenue.

In keeping with the goal of the Provincial Social Housing Plan – Secure Foundations, to improve the quality of NLHC homes, this work will address current demographic needs. The four units in the Cashin Avenue wing will become two-bedroom units with a third bedroom being converted into a laundry room. Three of the four-bedroom units in the Vimy Avenue wing will become three-bedroom units, which will create space for laundry facilities. A fourth unit will be made fully accessible with ramped entry, wider doors and hallways, and an accessible kitchen and bathroom.

The building will receive complete interior and exterior renovations, including new siding, windows, doors, interior walls and floors, new kitchens and bathrooms, and new electrical and ventilation systems. The anticipated completion date for this work is November 2012.

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.

NLHC 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
709-729-3015, 699-0470
jasoncard@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca