Released February 19, 2008
New Affordable Housing and
Shelters Renovations across
The residents of Botwood and Peterview will benefit from three new housing developments in these central Newfoundland and Labrador communities, thanks to an investment of more than $2.4 million, through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Agreement which is cost-shared 50/50 with the Federal and Provincial Governments. In addition, shelters in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Gander and Marystown have been able to renovate or upgrade their facilities and continue providing assistance to victims of family violence throughout the province, through an investment of $236,000 from the federal/provincial Shelter Enhancement Program.
The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Provincial Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) and Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, made the announcement today.
"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to create affordable housing for those who need it most in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as across Canada," said Minister Hearn. "These projects will give low and middle income Newfoundlanders and Labradorians access to safe, quality affordable housing and help them build a stronger future."
"Creating new affordable housing units and renovating existing shelters is an excellent example of what can happen when governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors come together in partnership," said Minister Skinner. "We’ve been able to build stronger communities, with healthier choices that can provide individuals with dignity, hope and a place to call home."
Ship Cove Homes Inc. is the private sector developer for three seniors duplexes (six two-bedroom units, one is fully accessible) being constructed in Botwood. The development is being funded with $210,000 through the Affordable Housing Program. Construction on Ship Cove Homes began in October 2007 and was completed in January 2008.
Another 12 seniors’ apartments (10 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units, two of which are fully accessible) are also being developed by the non-profit organization, Botwood Senior Citizens Housing Committee. The project will receive $1.2 million in Affordable Housing Program funding, with construction anticipated to be completed by April 2008.
In Peterview, 10 one-bedroom apartments for seniors and individuals with physical and intellectual challenges are being developed by non-profit sponsor,Your Strength is Our Strength Club Inc. The project will receive $1 million in Affordable Housing Program funding. The developer also received $10,000 directly from CMHC in Seed Funding to assist during the initial planning stages. In addition, CMHC provided mortgage loan insurance toward this project which has assisted the proponent to create this affordable housing development. Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2008 for completion by October 2008.
The Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement involves investments of over $40 million in the creation of affordable housing units in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal renovation programs are administered and delivered by Newfoundland Labrador Housing. The Shelter Enhancement Program is cost-shared 25 per cent by the provincial government and 75 per cent by the federal government.
Three facilities were assisted under the Shelter Enhancement Program in 2006-07, and have now completed their renovations. The shelters that will benefit from a $236,000 federal/provincial investment are:
Federal/provincial home renovation programs provide financial assistance to ensure that housing occupied by low-income households meet basic health and safety standards. These programs assist with home modifications and adaptations to enable seniors and persons with disabilities to live independently in their own home, near family and friends. They also help with funding to improve or create shelters for victims of family violence and preserve housing for people who are at risk of homelessness.
Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Agreement
The Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement involves investments of over $40.9 million in the creation of affordable housing units in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Breakdown of combined contributions of the two governments is as follows:
In Newfoundland and Labrador, federal/provincial home renovation programs are delivered by Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) on a cost-shared basis. In Newfoundland and Labrador, most components of the federal RRAP program are referred to as the Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP) which is cost-shared 62/38 per cent by the provincial and federal governments.
Provincial Home Repair - Homeowner
Provincial Home Repair - Persons with
Provincial Home Repair – Emergency Repair
The Emergency Repair Program assists low-income homeowners to make emergency repairs required for the continued safe occupancy of their houses. Only those repairs urgently required to make a house safe are eligible for assistance. Financial assistance is available in the form of a grant $5,000 per unit ($6,500 in Labrador).
Provincial Home Repair - Rental/Rooming House
Provincial Home Repair - Shelter Enhancement
Provincial Home Repair - Conversion RRAP