Released August 31, 2011

Link to Seniors Complex in Norman’s Cove to be Replaced

A storm-damaged bridge that is the main access for emergency vehicles to a seniors complex in Norman’s Cove will be replaced through a Provincial Government investment of $400,000 announced today in the Trinity Bay community.

“Green Mountain Lodge is a valued partner of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation that provides affordable homes to 14 seniors,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “Following the storm an engineering firm recommended that the bridge be replaced due to the structural damage it sustained and concerns around its drainage capacity, so I am delighted to see this investment become reality.”

The bridge access to the 12-unit seniors complex, one of 61 partner-managed housing projects supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, was damaged during Hurricane Igor. However, because the bridge was owned by a Crown corporation, it did not qualify for funding under the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement.

“The residents of Green Mountain Lodge will be relieved to see their bridge replaced as it was a real concern for them,” said Calvin Peach, MHA for Bellevue. “This work is another example of the Provincial Government’s commitment to providing quality service to seniors of our area.”

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.

“The bridge was in bad shape yet essential,” said Clement (Reg) Newhook, Chair of the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Lodge. “The residents of Green Mountain Lodge will find comfort in this announcement.”

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:

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

Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

Clement (Reg) Newhook
Chair, Board of Directors
of Green Mountain Lodge