Released December 29, 2011

Social Housing Renovations Continue in Central

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is renovating 14 social housing properties in three central Newfoundland towns through contracts totalling $142,000.

“Through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, the Provincial Government is making significant progress in renovating and repairing social housing throughout the province,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “This work will upgrade and modernize properties and is an investment in the future of our communities.”

A contract valued at $68,000 was awarded to Norseman Contractors Inc. to upgrade three units in Triton, replacing windows, siding, doors, shingles and ventilation systems. Notre Dame Agencies Ltd. completed $54,000 in renovations in South Brook, replacing shingles, eaves, windows, doors and waterlines on three units.

“It’s very good to see this work getting done in our area and shows Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s commitment to maintaining its social housing portfolio,” said Ray Hunter, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South.

Temple’s Backhoe Services Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at $20,000 to repair weeping tile and foundation walls on eight units in Bishop’s Falls.

“The progress being made in maintaining these structures as viable affordable housing options is commendable,” said Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits. “These repairs in Bishop’s Falls will ensure the properties will be able to meet the needs of future tenants.”

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 create healthier communities. 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.

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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