Released August 19, 2008

Renovations for Forsey Place Homes Nearing Completion

Social housing residences at Forsey Place in Mount Pearl have been undergoing significant exterior renovations this summer. The work is being completed by G.S. Hunt of Bell Island, which was awarded a $277,000 contract by Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing).

"The renovations currently underway are an example of our government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians," said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister Responsible for Housing and Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. "Since receiving additional funding from the Provincial Government, Housing has begun a revitalized Modernization and Improvement Program across the province, improving the life-span and value of the infrastructure."

The upgrades and improvements are being made to 13 properties and include new roofing, siding, windows, doors, front and rear steps as well as removal and replacement of current privacy fencing. Residents will also see updated ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems for their homes.

"These ongoing upgrades and renovations of social housing throughout the province will help revitalize many neighbourhoods, and generate tremendous additional economic benefits to the housing industry overall," said Steve Kent, MHA, Mount Pearl North. "I am very pleased that residents of Forsey Place will benefit from these latest improvements."

This renovation project is expected to be completed by the end of September 2008. Newfoundland Labrador Housing is the province’s largest landlord, and is responsible for the management and maintenance of approximately 5,500 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide. Over 2,800 of these rental houses are located in the metro St. John’s and Mount Pearl area alone, and serve approximately 7,000 people.

This past year, Housing has spent $10 million, and completed extensive exterior work on over 500 dwellings throughout the province. These renovations were a result of the significant $27.5 million funding increase, over five years, which the Provincial Government announced last year.

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Media contacts:

Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 699-7903 

Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland Labrador Housing