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January 28, 2010

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

Four New Accessible Units for Cashin-Froude Redevelopment

The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing (Housing), today announced a $639,000 contract for Enercon Builders Inc. to construct four new semi-detached social housing units on Vickers Avenue in St. John's. The investment is part of an ongoing $6-million redevelopment of the Cashin Avenue-Froude Avenue neighbourhood whose properties are among the oldest social housing in Canada.

"I am pleased to announce the construction of these four new residential units on Vickers Avenue," said Minister Hedderson. "I have already heard of how the redevelopment of other social housing properties in this neighbourhood has benefited the lives of residents. This is another example of the commitment that Housing and the Williams Government have made to improve our province's housing portfolio."

The four units will be contained in two adjacent one-level buildings, each with one fully accessible unit and one partially accessible unit with a regular bathroom and kitchen. All of the units will have flushed, easy-access 36-inch wide entrances, as opposed to the standard 32-inch door width. The project will include landscaping, tree planting and rebuilding sidewalks and roadways. The anticipated completion date for this project is September 2010.

"It is truly heartening to see this redevelopment of the Cashin-Froude neighbourhood move ahead at such a steady pace," said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, MHA for St. John's Centre. "I am proud to be part of this government which has put forward a vision and a plan to help this social housing community and others throughout our province reach their full potential."

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. This project is being funded through the federal Housing Trust Funds.

Upgrades and repairs for the overall Cashin-Froude Redevelopment are also part of Housing's annual Modernization and Improvement program. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government is investing $14.55 million for building, renovating and retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
Veronica Hayden
Executive Assistant for
Honourable Shawn Skinner, MHA for St. John's

2010 01 28                                                    11:25 a.m.

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