Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development

June 13, 2017

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

Premier Ball Congratulates Shelter Staff on Successful Operations

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Perry Trimper, Minister of Service NL and MHA for Lake Melville, on behalf of the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, joined staff and clients of the Housing Hub emergency shelter in Happy Valley-Goose Bay today for an open house celebration and to congratulate them on their achievements.

The shelter is managed by the Nunatsiavut Government and has been in operation since December 2016 with assistance through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s Supportive Living Program. This program provided in excess of $4 million in 2016-17 to non-profit, community-based organizations and groups in Labrador, including the Housing Hub shelter, to prevent and end homelessness and foster long-term housing stability.

“Strong partnerships are crucial to effectively address the diverse housing needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Thankfully, we have extraordinary community partners whose knowledge and background help to develop safe housing options that provide supports and services to our most vulnerable and at-risk populations.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“With the help of staff, and the support services provided, some individuals who used the shelter are now permanently housed. Providing stable housing is our long-term goal as it can positively change people’s lives by increasing the possibility for them to succeed through education, employment and other opportunities.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

“We offer our sincere thanks to the shelter staff, volunteers and the community for their efforts to ensure this vital service was established in time to assist those experiencing homelessness in the area through the cold winter months. With your help people are provided opportunity, dignity and support needed to rebuild their lives.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
Minister of Service NL and MHA for Lake Melville

“I am very pleased the Nunatsiavut Government, in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, has been able to lead the way in the opening of the first emergency shelter within the province. I commend the staff and community partners who are there to support individuals who are homeless and/or require supports with housing and provide a welcoming and supportive environment.”
Greg Flowers
Minister of Health and Social Development, Nunatsiavut Government

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Premier Ball with Deputy Michelle Kinney of Nunatsiavut Government at the Housing Hub shelter in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, June 13, 2017.

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Children, Seniors and Social Development
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Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

Bonnie Learning
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville

Bert Pomeroy
Nunatsiavut Secretariat

2017 06 13                             3:35 p.m.