Media Release

July 31, 2012

Renovations Planned for Social Housing in Nain

Budgell’s Equipment and Rentals Ltd. has been awarded a contract valued at $235,000 to renovate six social housing units in Nain as the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation continues its annual modernization and improvement program.

“Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has made significant improvements and renovations to social housing in Nain over the past five years, including upgrades to social housing in the community and the construction of four new units this spring,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “Through this work, we are realizing the Provincial Government’s commitment to improve the availability of affordable housing in Labrador.”

Renovations include replacing siding, windows, and roofing for one unit and roof replacements on four other housing units. The anticipated completion date for this project is April 2013.

“I am pleased to see continued social housing investments in Nain,” said the Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs. “Our Northern Strategic Plan is a dynamic, cross-departmental strategy and renovation investments like this one demonstrate that the strategy continues to evolve with the changing needs of Labradorians.”

A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, outlines a 10-year vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping create healthier communities. Budget 2012: People and Prosperity 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
709-729-3015, 699-0470
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Carol Ann Carter
Director of Communications
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Labrador Affairs Office
709-729-1674, 631-9505