Transportation and Works
December 4, 2009
following is being distributed at the request of
Newfoundland Labrador Housing:
Undergoing Exterior Renovations
The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister
of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for
Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing), today announced
that Shears� Electrical and Construction has been
awarded a $32,000 contract to upgrade eight housing
units in Fortune.
"Work is underway throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador to bring our social housing
properties back on track and this is another project in
that direction," said Minister Hedderson. "Maintaining
the long-term reliability and quality of the province�s
social housing stock is a firm commitment of the
Williams Government as indicated in our social housing
plan released in August."
The work involves roofing renovations
to eight units located in two social housing buildings
on Brunette Avenue. The anticipated completion date for
this project is early 2010.
"I am pleased to see these renovations
take place on Brunette Avenue," said the Honourable
Darin King, MHA for Grand Bank. "I am also pleased to be
a member of a Provincial Government that puts
investments in social housing high up on its agenda."
This work is in keeping with the goals
of the 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.
These current upgrades and repairs are
part of Housing�s annual Modernization and Improvement
program. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our
Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will
invest $14.55 million for building, renovating and
retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the spring, the federal and
provincial governments announced a joint investment of
$93 million to build new, and renovate existing,
affordable housing throughout the province over the next
two years. Overall, the provincial contribution is $50
million, with the Federal Government contributing a
further $43 million.