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Released August 29, 2011



Upgrades Announced for Social Housing Units in Corner Brook

The Crestview Avenue neighbourhood in Corner Brook will be extensively revitalized through an additional $1 million in renovations and improvements, made possible by the Provincial Government. This investment is another step in Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s ongoing redevelopment plan of this west coast neighbourhood.

“Through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s modernization and improvement program, significant inroads have been made in addressing the social housing needs of the future,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “This is particularly the case in the Crestview Avenue neighbourhood where buildings and units are receiving substantial upgrades. At the end of 2012, our government will have completed renovations on nearly half of the 24 buildings in this neighbourhood, as well as a significant number of other affordable social housing unit upgrades throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Each investment is an example of our government’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading the over 5,500 provincially-owned housing units throughout the province.”

The Provincial Government investment announced today will enable Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation to replace the windows, siding, doors and roofs in four buildings the Crestview Avenue neighbourhood, as well as undertake significant painting improvements in another seven.

“I am delighted to see this investment being made by the Provincial Government, as it will give these homes a much longer life-span and increase the comfort for the residents of Crestview Avenue,” said Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West. “I commend the Provincial Government and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation on moving ahead with its redevelopment plan for this community.”

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.

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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