Media Release

April 27, 2015

Retrofits Continue for Watson Street Social Housing

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has awarded a $224,000 contract to Newfound Roofing Ltd. to undertake exterior renovations and electrical upgrades to six social housing homes on Watson Street in St. John's.

"Since 2007, close to 77 per cent of the province's social housing units have received upgrades. 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 the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

The homes will receive new roofing, siding, windows, doors, and ventilation and electrical upgrades - including the installation of heat recovery ventilation systems (HRVs). The improvements will also include new bathroom, kitchen and laundry light fixtures and exhaust fans throughout the units. The anticipated completion date for this work is October 2015.

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

QUICK FACTS

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing is investing $224,000 to provide exterior and interior renovations to six homes on Watson Street, St. John's.
  • Since 2007, 77 per cent of NLHC'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