The Honourable Paul Pike, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, today announced the official opening of four new affordable homes on 30 Mesher Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Minister Pike and MP Jones were joined at the announcement by Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville.
Total funding for the new development is approximately $787,000 in equally cost-shared federal and provincial funding, through the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Bilateral Housing Agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
Built by Churchill Construction Ltd., the four-unit building includes two fully wheelchair-accessible, one-bedroom units on the main level and two one-bedroom units on the second level. The main floor units include roll-in showers, wheelchair accessible kitchens and ‘no step’ entrances.
Universal Design features are incorporated throughout the property and include items such as widened exterior and interior doors and hallways, and lever-type door handles and faucets. Energy efficiency and sustainability are also key elements in the design and construction of the building.
“Today’s announcement is a great example of how we can work together with our federal and municipal partners to expand the supply of safe, stable and affordable housing here in our province. Access to such housing is a key social determinant of health, and promotes social and economic inclusivity.”
Honourable Paul Pike
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. By working closely with partners, we are creating four units of affordable housing for those who need it most throughout Labrador. Today’s announcement is a step forward in our ongoing efforts to deliver meaningful results and increased affordability for Canadians. This is just one of the many ways our government’s National Housing Strategy is ensuring no one is left behind.”
Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
“Access to housing is a human right and is essential to one’s sense of dignity, safety and inclusion. This project is yet another example of what can be achieved when all orders of government work together. Through this collaboration with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Federal Government is taking concrete steps to help ensure that the most vulnerable people living in Labrador have safe and affordable housing that allows them to thrive.”
Member of Parliament for Labrador
“I am pleased to see that the new four-unit building on Mesher Street has been completed and is ready for occupancy. Congratulations to the Federal Government and the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation for advancing this project under the National Housing Strategy, and to Churchill Construction for its construction skills and expertise.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Labrador Affairs
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
“The completion of this important project now represents the start of new lives for the four families that will occupy these units. I am excited for the new tenants and want to recognize the financial contribution of the Provincial and Federal Governments, and the quality work by Churchill Construction Ltd.”
MHA for Lake Melville
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