The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are making a significant cost-shared investment in housing throughout the Province.
Eight families will soon be moving into newly constructed affordable housing units on Froude Avenue in St. John’s. The $1.5 million housing investment is cost-shared between the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador under the National Housing Strategy.
The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC),via live video stream, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable John Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) viewed the new homes today.
The eight-unit building includes four wheelchair-accessible, two-bedroom units on the main level, and four two-bedroom units on the second level. Universal Design features were used throughout the building and include items such as ‘no step’ level entry building entrances, widened exterior and interior doors and hallways, lever-type door handles, grab bars and minimal flooring transitions.
Energy efficiency was also a key element in the design and construction of the building. These homes exceed the energy performance requirements in the National Building Code and meet the Provincial Government’s ‘Build Better Buildings’ policy.
The remaining $17 million in funding will support additional investments on repairs to NLHC social housing units in 2021-22, including vacancies requiring major repairs in order to be available to new tenants. This includes repairs to reopen 10 homes in Labrador West and three homes in Nain for families in need.
“Safe, stable and affordable housing – a place to call home – is essential to the social, financial and physical well-being of individuals, families and our communities. Investments in our social housing will ensure that this important public asset will be available to those most in need today, and well into the future.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home and today’s announcement brings us a step closer to making that a reality. We’re proud partners in making these important investments that will go a long way for families in St. John’s and across the province. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”
Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and
Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
“Nothing is more important than a home. St. John’s families work hard and deserve a safe and affordable place to call home. The collaboration shown between the Government of Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador demonstrates a commitment to that belief. Together we are building a generation of new, permanent housing that we can all be proud of.”
Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Natural Resources and
MP for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl
“We look forward to welcoming our new families to our community. Continued investments in repairs, including energy efficiency and accessibility modifications to better serve our province’s aging population, are key elements in the long-term sustainability of our social housing portfolio.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
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