Released September 21, 2005

NLHC spends $82,000 on modernization and improvement projects in the Burin peninsula area

St. John's - Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) will spend approximately $82,000 in repair and modernization and improvement projects in the Burin peninsula area throughout 2005/06. Joan Burke, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), and Clyde Jackman, MHA for Burin Placentia West, made the announcement today.   

"With approximately 5,700 units province-wide, NLHC recognizes the importance of allocating budget dollars in the most fiscally responsible manner possible," said Minister Burke. "The corporation's planned approach to its refurbishment requirements, helps to ensure that social housing dwellings with the greatest repair needs are addressed first, providing tenants with safe and comfortable homes and, extends the useful life of the properties."

The work, which began in June 2005, is now finished and was completed by NLHC's own seasonal modernization crew. The project covers a total of 20 units on Brown and Keats Avenue in Grand Falls-Windsor. The repairs included replacement of exterior doors, windows, eaves, roof sheathing and shingles.

Refurbishments and repairs are being completed on approximately 100 units throughout the Burin peninsula regional office area and include the following:

  •  oil tank replacement - Smallwood Crescent, Marystown
  •  replacement of windows and steps and minor interior upgrading - Price Avenue, Lawn
  •  exterior upgrading of foundations and walls and window replacement - Fairview Avenue, St. Lawrence
  •  replacement of exterior siding, windows, flooring and walls - Malcolm Boulevard, Grand Bank

"I'm very pleased to see this work going ahead," commented Mr. Jackman. "In addition to the improvements for clients, the investment benefits the Burin peninsula economy by generating revenue to local suppliers, so everyone wins."   

Much of the upgrading began in June and will be completed throughout the 2005/06 fiscal year. The repairs are being completed by NLHC's own work forces from the Marystown Office. This work is part of NLHC's long-term preventative maintenance plan whereby each year the condition of all non-profit housing property is assessed, and maintenance and modernization needs are determined.

For further information contact:

Jenny Bowring
(709) 724-3055