The Provincial Government, through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), is steadily moving forward with the development process for key infrastructure projects that will increase access to affordable housing and provide support for those experiencing homelessness.
The NLHC has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a prime consultant to oversee the design and construction of a 40-unit affordable, residential apartment complex for low-income households in Pleasantville. Located on the corner of Charter Avenue and St. John’s Place, the 40-unit building will include one and two-bedroom units at an estimated cost of over $13 million. Plans for NLHC’s new residential complex will also include retail and supportive services space on the ground floor to better serve residents. The facility’s design will focus on seniors and persons with disabilities, exceeding local accessibility standards and including Universal Design features throughout the property. Energy efficiency will also be a key element of the building design.
The request for proposals can be accessed by visiting www.merx.com/govnl (Reference Number 0000258998).
The NLHC recently appointed Woodford Architecture as the prime consultant to oversee the design and construction of the new integrated health, housing, and supportive services hub in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at an estimated cost of over $30 million. The new hub will include 30 emergency shelter beds, 20 transitional beds and 20 self-contained supportive housing units, along with access to integrated supports, treatment and services for individuals experiencing homelessness. This next phase of the project will advance detailed design and site considerations, as well as provide ongoing opportunities for public consultation. To learn more about the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Hub, visit hvgbhub.ca.
Access to safe housing is an important social determinant of health. Last month the Provincial Government unveiled a five-point plan designed to increase the availability of housing that is affordable in Newfoundland and Labrador, and this week released an inventory of vacant provincial land in the St. John’s metro region that can be made available for the development of purpose-built rental housing that is affordable.
“We are excited to be moving forward with these two important development projects. The 40-unit complex in Pleasantville will provide a safe, affordable and appropriate place to call home for seniors and persons with disabilities in the St. John’s area, while the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Hub will provide critical housing, treatment and wrap-around supports to individuals experiencing homelessness in the area.”
Honourable Paul Pike
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
“The design of a new integrated health, housing, and supportive services hub in Happy Valley-Goose Bay will integrate critical services into the new facility, such as income support, housing search services, health services and mental health and addictions supports. The Provincial Government is bringing services to meet people where they are so that we can address barriers faced by those experiencing homelessness and intergenerational trauma.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
“I am very pleased to see progress being made with the 40-Unit Affordable Housing Complex in St. John’s. Providing access to supports to maintain housing stability are fundamental to the social, financial and physical well-being of all individuals, families and our communities. It is essential that our focus remain on helping Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have safe, adequate and affordable places to call home.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville
“I am pleased this next phase of the much needed integrated health, housing and supportive services Hub in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is now underway. This project is based on three years of technical design by front-line organizations working in Lake Melville and across the province. The upcoming public consultation will be important for explaining these design solutions and enhancing community partnerships.”
MHA for Lake Melville