Media Release

March 28, 2013

Improvements to Social Housing in St. John’s

The Provincial Government continues to deliver on a commitment to renew social housing. Investments are being made to modernize and improve a number of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) properties in St. John’s.

Two contracts, valued at $306,000, have been awarded to G.S. Hunt Ltd. to complete renovations and upgrades to 18 affordable social housing units, including:

  • $238,000 for interior and exterior renovations for two duplexes on New Penneywell Road, with work scheduled to be completed this summer; and,
  • $68,000 to install heat recovery ventilation systems in 14 units on Algerine Place and Eagle Court by late spring.

“Our government is supporting work to modernize and improve social housing to ensure it meets the needs of individuals and families,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “These efficiency upgrades and renovations are helping address the demand for affordable family homes, and I look forward to seeing the work completed.”

Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future provides $10 million for NLHC’s Modernization and Improvement Program. Since 2003, the Provincial Government has invested approximately $105 million in the annual Modernization and Improvement Program to upgrade social housing properties, province-wide.

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.

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Media contacts:

Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 699-5668
edmoriarity@gov.nl.ca 
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca