Media Release

October 21, 2015

 

Additional $1 Million Furthers Upgrades to Labrador City Social Housing

The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was in Labrador City this morning (Wednesday, October 21) to provide an update on progress made on a three-year Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) revitalization project that has so far seen $2.2 million allocated to the Cavendish Crescent neighbourhood. Premier Davis was joined by Nick McGrath, MHA for Labrador West.

"The second phase of this three-year neighbourhood revitalization includes a $1 million investment that will see 18 additional homes receive interior and exterior renovations. This is in addition to the $1.2 million investment in phase one of the project, which was announced in April and is now almost completed. The modernization and improvement work undertaken in Labrador West, and throughout the province, has made a visible difference to social housing properties and helped to create stronger, healthier neighbourhoods in which people are proud to live."
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The contract for phase two of the project was recently awarded to E.J.B. Contracting Ltd. The contract for the third phase is scheduled to be awarded in fiscal year 2016-17. When completed, a total of 56 homes in the Cavendish Crescent neighbourhood will have been renovated.

"Providing safe, comfortable homes for individuals and families in greatest need is an important first step toward social and economic stability. It gives people the opportunity to focus on building a better life for themselves and their families."
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

The renovation work includes complete exterior building renovations, including siding, window, door and roofing replacement, as well as some interior upgrades, such as electrical, plumbing and new heat recovery ventilation systems for all units. The anticipated completion date for phase two of the project is early in the new year.

"It is great to see such a significant investment in the Cavendish Crescent neighbourhood. Our government has committed to improving the lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and these upgrades are certainly making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Labrador City."
- Nick McGrath, MHA for Labrador West

Since 2007, close to 77 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation units throughout the province have received upgrades.

"We are pleased with the pace of renovations and upgrades to Newfoundland and Labrador Housing properties completed, and underway, throughout the province. Such improvements contribute to the social well-being of neighbourhoods, while ensuring our housing developments continue to be viable in the long term."
- John Ottenheimer, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

NLHC is the province's largest landlord, with 5,584 affordable rental units province-wide. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation owns and maintains 250 social housing residences throughout the Labrador region.

For more information on NLHC programs and services, visit: www.nlhc.nf.ca/programs/programs.html .

QUICK FACTS

  • Phase two of a three-year revitalization and renewal plan for the Cavendish Crescent social housing neighbourhood in Labrador City has begun.
  • The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was in Labrador City this morning (Wednesday, October 21) to provide an update on the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation revitalization project, which has so far seen a total of $2.2 million allocated for upgrades to the neighbourhood.
  • Phase one of the project was announced in April, and is now almost complete. A contract for the third and final phase of the revitalization is expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2016-17.
  • When all three phases are completed, a total of 56 homes in the Cavendish Crescent neighbourhood will have been renovated.
  • Since 2007, about 77 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation units province-wide have received upgrades.

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3581
heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca
Donna Ivey
Special Assistant, Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3551
donnaivey@gov.nl.ca
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Seniors, Wellness and
Social Development
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca
Linda J. Walsh
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 691-2960
lindajwalsh@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca