Released November 13, 2009

Hoyles Avenue Housing Units to be Renovated

An $888,000 contract has been awarded to completely retrofit an eight-unit Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) building on Hoyles Avenue in St. John’s. The Honourable Tom Marshall, acting Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing, and Bob Ridgley, MHA for St. John’s North, made the announcement today.

“This is a very significant investment and a necessary one that is in line with the Williams Government’s long-term vision for social housing,” said Minister Marshall. “This particular building is part of our aging housing portfolio that requires appropriate work to continue to meet the needs of low-income families and individuals.”

The contract was awarded to Kelloway Construction. The work will include the replacement of roofing, siding, windows and doors, and a complete retrofit of the interior, including the replacement of flooring, drywall, doors, kitchens and bathrooms. The anticipated completion date for this project is June 2010.

“There’s been quite a lot of construction on the social housing portfolio in my district this past year,” said Mr. Ridgley. “It’s good to see this progressive move to modernize and to address the housing needs in our community.”

Recently, the federal and provincial governments announced a joint investment of $93 million to build new and renovate existing affordable housing throughout the province over the next two years. Overall, the provincial contribution is $50 million, with the Federal Government contributing a further $43 million.

These current upgrades and repairs are part of Housing’s annual Modernization and Improvement program. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will invest $14.55 million for building, renovating and retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

This work is in keeping with the goals of the recently released Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities.

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