Released August 31, 2011

Rabbittown Community Centre to Receive Major Upgrades

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

“I am delighted to see these upgrades taking shape,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “For over 20 years, Rabbittown Community Centre has been achieving amazing results in improving the quality of life of the residents it serves, and these upgrades will enable centre staff and volunteers to continue the good work they do.”

The work will include a new extension for the main entrance of the community centre and remodeling of a multi-purpose room, along with upgrading of the exterior including the replacement of windows, doors, siding and roof.

“Rabbittown Community Centre offers programs and services focused on providing opportunity and support to tenants and their families, enabling them to build on their strengths,” said Bob Ridgely, MHA for St. John’s North. “The centre is the heart of this neighbourhood.”

Since 1986, the multi-purpose facility and its staff and volunteers have provided recreational, health, educational, social and vocational programs to hundreds of families living in social housing units on Graves Street, Empire Avenue, Anderson Avenue, Hoyles Avenue, Algerine Place, Freshwater Road and Cowperthwaite Court. Programs include After School Drop-in, Homework Haven, Healthy Baby Club, Computer Program, Community Kitchen, and Public Health Nursing Clinic.

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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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