Media Release

October 13, 2017
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Habitat for Humanity Families in Corner Brook Celebrate New Homes

The Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada celebrated two new Habitat for Humanity homes today for families in Corner Brook. The three-bedroom homes are the result of a $170,000 contribution through the 2014-2019 Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) made the announcement. They were joined at the event by the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, and the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and MHA for Humber - Bay of Islands.

Those attending the announcement celebrated with the Bellows and Quehe families at a home dedication ceremony. Both families have been living in their new homes since summer 2017.

By the end of 2017, the Federal and Provincial Governments will have contributed over $2 million in funding to Habitat Newfoundland and Labrador through IAH, and created 30 homes for people with low-to-moderate incomes throughout the province.

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“For 23 years, the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has been a proud Habitat for Humanity partner, providing access to safe and affordable housing to those in need. Today, we are very happy to join them in celebrating with the Bellows and Quehe families whose dreams of homeownership have become realities.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We recognize that by working together with community partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, we can continue to increase affordable housing options, improve services and build stronger futures for families and communities. I am delighted that these families can now enjoy the pride of home ownership.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

“Our government is dedicated to working in partnership with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to build the sort of safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy, sustainable communities. The investments in these new homes will make a real difference in the lives of two families, a place they can proudly call their own.”
Gudie Hutchings
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

“This is an exciting day as we celebrate with these two families their ownership of two new Habitat for Humanity homes. Our community has come together to help provide this dream and I thank all the volunteers and donors for helping to make this a reality for them.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and MHA for Humber - Bay of Islands

“Today, we are acknowledging the active role these families have played in building strength, stability and security for their families. Habitat for Humanity’s Affordable Homeownership Program is made possible through the generosity of our volunteers and donors. Their time, energy and financial support have started two more families on the road to meaningful and lasting change for them and future generations.”
Miranda Gosse
Board Chair, Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador

“Habitat is amazing! It allowed me to really know what I can achieve, and has given me and my girls a place to call home, a place to build memories and a future. Thank you for this great opportunity.”
The Bellows family

“Habitat is an amazing organization. It has provided our family with the opportunity to own our own home. For us, that is the world. We have stability, peace of mind and, most importantly, a place to raise our family. Thank you, Habitat.”
The Quehe family

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Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca

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

Natalie Chavarie
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-4262
nchavari@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Sandra Whiffen
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador
709-753-9076, 709-753-9380
swhiffen@habitatnl.ca

Kristina George
Government Members Office
709-729-5036
kristinageorge@gov.nl.ca