Media Release

December 21, 2012

Social Housing Renovations Continue in Crestview Avenue Neighbourhood

A major renewal of a Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) neighbourhood in Corner Brook continues as renovations on an eight-unit building near completion.

“With the completion of this project, 94 homes in Crestview Avenue neighbourhood will have been revitalized under this multi-year neighbourhood renewal,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “I am pleased to see the progress made in this neighbourhood, and am confident this work is helping to provide housing that better meets the needs of current tenants, while ensuring a reliable supply of affordable housing for the future.”

R & D Construction Ltd. will carry out the work, valued at $200,000, which includes installing new insulation, siding, windows, doors and ventilation systems. These types of building renovations support the commitments in A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations to improve overall energy efficiency of NLHC units during renovations. It is also in keeping with the commitments evidenced through two separate, yet complementary, action plans focused on climate change and energy efficiency, Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011, and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011.

“I am pleased to see this important renewal work continuing in the Crestview Avenue neighbourhood,” said Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West. “I am proud of the Provincial Government’s commitment to providing quality affordable housing for people with low incomes, and Crestview Avenue is a fine example of the excellent upgrades being achieved across the province.”

Since 2008, approximately $6.7 million has been invested in the Crestview Avenue neighbourhood. The substantial redevelopment also includes a $889,000 renovation and expansion of WestRock Community Centre.

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.

NLHC is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,573 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 699-5968
edmoriarity@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca