Media Release

March 13, 2015

Retrofits Modernize St. John's Social Housing Properties

A complete interior and exterior retrofit is currently underway on four social housing homes on New Pennywell Road in St. John’s. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has awarded a $530,000 contract to Can-Am Platforms and Construction Ltd., to carry out the work.

“These renovations are part of the substantial modernization and improvement work that has been literally changing the face of social housing throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We are pleased to see the positive impacts this is having for tenants and their communities.”
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

The four vacant units are contained in two duplex buildings. The upgrades will include reducing the three-bedroom homes to two-bedrooms, to reflect the current demographic needs of smaller families and single adults. The buildings will receive new roofing, siding, windows, doors, and complete renovated interiors, including new flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, and ventilation systems, plumbing and electrical systems. The work is expected to be completed later this spring.

Since 2007, close to 77 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation units province-wide have received modernizations and improvements.

For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation programs, visit: www.nlhc.nl.ca/.

QUICK FACTS

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is investing $530,000 to completely retrofit four social housing homes on New Pennywell Road in St. John’s.
  • The upgrades will include reducing the three-bedroom homes to two-bedrooms, to reflect the current demographic needs of smaller families and single adults.
  • Since 2007, 77 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s rental units have received modernization and improvement that will extend the life of the properties.
  • NLHC is the province’s largest landlord, with 5,584 affordable rental units province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca

Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca