Released August 25, 2011

St. John’s Social Housing Neighbourhood to be Revitalized

The Provincial Government, through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, is investing $1.4 million to revitalize the Brophy Place neighbourhood of St. John’s with a series of upgrades to the neighbourhood’s affordable social housing units.

The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Len Simms, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, were joined by board members, staff and tenants of the MacMorran Community Centre to make the announcement.

“I am delighted to see this investment in this vibrant neighbourhood, which will greatly improve the homes, as well as significantly enhance the comfort for the families of Brophy Place,” said Premier Dunderdale. “It is clear, based on the volume of affordable social housing that has been upgraded over the past two years, that our government is committed to providing and improving affordable housing throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for those with the greatest need.”

The Brophy Place neighbourhood consists of 72 units contained in nine buildings that were constructed over 30 years ago. This new investment is providing major long-term upgrades, such as new siding, windows, doors and roofs needed on six buildings that had received partial upgrades, along with complete exterior replacements on the remaining three. The modernization and improvement work will also include the upgrade of electrical and heating systems, and kitchen cupboards and bathrooms.

“The work announced today represents a significant investment on behalf of our government in this neighbourhood and is yet another example of the significant effort and resources we have invested throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in maintaining and improving social housing,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “All in all, this work will ensure that these homes will be in good shape for many years to come.”

A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released in August 2009, outlines a long-term vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping to create healthier communities. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,573 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

“We are delighted to have Premier Dunderdale here today to make this announcement and we applaud the Provincial Government for making such a significant investment in our community,” said Jim Crockwell, Executive Director of MacMorran Community Centre. “This investment will undoubtedly enhance our community and improve the quality of lives of our residents.”

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador also allocated $25.9 million for social housing infrastructure, including $10.4 million for maintenance and $12 million for renovations and improvements.

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Media contacts:

Glenda Power
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Milly Brown
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 631-8477

Bradley Power
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 699-5707

Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

Jim Crockwell,
Executive Director
MacMorran Community Centre