Released December 1, 2011

Affordable Housing Upgraded in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Paulo Ventures Ltd. has been awarded a $179,000 contract to provide exterior renovations to social housing properties in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“These upgrades are among many modernization and improvement projects being carried out annually by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing in communities throughout the province,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “This work is improving and maintaining our existing social housing portfolio, and in the process, is providing families with opportunities to live in comfortable and safe homes.”

The work will include the replacement of siding, windows and roofs on three units on White Crescent. The anticipated completion date for this project is later this month. “I am delighted to see this work taking place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” said Keith Russell, MHA for Lake Melville. “Before long, these units will be given a new life, and tenants will have a more comfortable and modern place to call home.”

A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government 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. 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.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,573 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

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