Released August 31, 2011

Froude Avenue Community Centre to Receive Extension and Upgrades

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is inviting tenders for an extension and upgrades to Froude Avenue Community Centre in St. John’s, with work anticipated to start this coming fall.

“This project will enable Froude Avenue Community Centre to continue the good work it does in a bigger and more accommodating space,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “These upgrades are part of the long-term revitalization of the Cashin Avenue-Froude Avenue neighbourhood that Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation began in 2008, already resulting in improvements to the quality of services and programs being provided to neighbourhood families.”

The work will include the construction of an extension to the community centre to enhance the use of the multi-purpose room, along with exterior upgrading of the windows, doors and siding. Froude Avenue Community Centre is one of eight community centres and affiliated neighbourhood centres supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation throughout the province.

“This community centre has been particularly active and successful in delivering programs and services to tenants from pre-schoolers to seniors,” said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Natural Resources and MHA for St. John’s West. “Along with all residents who benefit from these programs and services, I look forward to seeing these improvements and the further enhancements they are certain to provide.”

Since 1985, the Froude Avenue Community Centre has been a welcoming environment for families living in social housing units and helps them reach their full potential. Residents of Froude Avenue, Cashin Avenue, Vimy Avenue, Vickers Avenue, Campbell Avenue, Mundy Pond Road and St. Theresa’s Court can benefit from education and empowerment opportunities which include Community Kitchen, Healthy Baby Club, and Homework Haven.

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 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