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August 26, 2010

The following is being distributed at the request of Newfoundland Labrador Housing:

Minister Officially Opens New Seniors Complex in Paradise

The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, today announced the official opening of 10 new affordable units for low-income seniors in Paradise.

"I am pleased to announce the Williams Government’s support for this new complex," said Minister Hedderson. "This important investment, in partnership with the private-sector developer, is another example of our commitment to meet the needs of our province’s low-income seniors."

Karwood Contracting Ltd. recently completed the mixed-residency complex on Cormorant Place, thanks to a $350,000 Provincial Government investment through the Housing Trust Funds toward the cost of 10 of the 16 units for low-income seniors. The units are contained in a two-storey apartment complex. Two of the 10 two-bedroom units that were funded by the Provincial Government are fully accessible.

"The Town of Paradise is experiencing substantial growth, and along with that growth, comes an increase in the demand for affordable housing options particularly for seniors," said Paul Davis, MHA for Topsail.  "I welcome this new construction and look forward to building on this initiative with continued strategic investments by our government throughout the province."

"I would like to thank the Provincial Government and Newfoundland Labrador Housing for their significant contribution toward this $2.6-million facility," said Greg Hussey, President of Karwood Contracting Ltd. "This project will help this vibrant community better serve its seniors who live on fixed incomes and are in need of safe and comfortable housing that is within their financial means."

This work is in keeping with the goals of the Williams Government’s Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities. As part of Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the Provincial Government is investing $27 million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding over the coming fiscal year.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267

Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland Labrador Housing

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


2010 08 26                                                      10:15 a.m.


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