New Affordable Housing and Shelters Renovations across Newfoundland and Labrador



    ST. JOHN'S, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - The residents of Botwood and Peterview will
benefit from three new housing developments in these central Newfoundland and
Labrador communities, thanks to an investment of more than $2.4 million,
through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Agreement,
which is cost-shared 50/50 with the Federal and Provincial Governments. In
addition, shelters in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Gander and Marystown have been
able to renovate or upgrade their facilities and continue providing assistance
to victims of family violence throughout the province, through an investment
of $236,000 from the federal/provincial Shelter Enhancement Program.
    The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf
of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Provincial Minister
Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) and Human Resources,
Labour and Employment, made the announcement today.
    "The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to create
affordable housing for those who need it most in Newfoundland and Labrador, as
well as across Canada," said Minister Hearn. "These projects will give low and
middle income Newfoundlanders and Labradorians access to safe, quality
affordable housing and help them build a stronger future."
    "Creating new affordable housing units and renovating existing shelters
is an excellent example of what can happen when governments, as well as the
private and non-profit sectors come together in partnership," said Minister
Skinner. "We've been able to build stronger communities, with healthier
choices that can provide individuals with dignity, hope and a place to call
home."
    Ship Cove Homes Inc. is the private sector developer for three seniors
duplexes (six two-bedroom units, one is fully accessible) being constructed in
Botwood. The development is being funded with $210,000 through the Affordable
Housing Program. Construction on Ship Cove Homes began in October 2007 and was
completed in January 2008.
    Another 12 seniors apartments (10 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units,
two of which are fully accessible) are also being developed by the non-profit
organization, Botwood Senior Citizens Housing Committee. The project will
receive $1.2 million in Affordable Housing Program funding, with construction
anticipated to be completed by April 2008.
    In Peterview, 10 one-bedroom apartments for seniors and individuals with
physical and intellectual challenges are being developed by non-profit
sponsor,Your Strength is Our Strength Club Inc. The project will receive
$1 million in Affordable Housing Program funding. The developer also received
$10,000 directly from CMHC in Seed Funding to assist during the initial
planning stages. In addition, CMHC provided mortgage loan insurance toward
this project which has assisted the proponent to create this affordable
housing development. Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2008 for
completion by October 2008.
    The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement
involves investments of over $40 million in the creation of affordable housing
units in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    In Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal renovation programs are
administered and delivered by Newfoundland Labrador Housing. The Shelter
Enhancement Program is cost-shared 25 per cent by the provincial government
and 75 per cent by the federal government.
    Three facilities were assisted under the Shelter Enhancement Program in
2006-07, and have now completed their renovations. The shelters that will
benefit from a $236,000 federal/provincial investment are:

    
    Libra House   Goose Bay   10 beds   $150,000   new siding and roofing

    Cara House    Gander      12 beds   $ 57,000   upgraded the electrical
                                                   & new doors

    Grace         Marystown   12 beds   $ 29,000   painting and window
    Sparkes                                        replacement.
    House
    

    Federal/provincial home renovation programs provide financial assistance
to ensure that housing occupied by low-income households meet basic health and
safety standards. These programs assist with home modifications and
adaptations to enable seniors and persons with disabilities to live
independently in their own home, near family and friends. They also help with
funding to improve or create shelters for victims of family violence and
preserve housing for people who are at risk of homelessness.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

       Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Agreement

    The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement
involves investments of over $40.9 million in the creation of affordable
housing units in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Breakdown of combined contributions of the two governments is as follows:

                                  Phase I         Phase II
                               Contributions      Contributions
         Federal                 $15,140,000      $5,310,000
    Newfoundland & Labrador      $15,140,000      $5,310,000
         Totals
         (greater than)          $30,280,000      $10,620,000


    Phase I
    -------

    Objectives:

    - To increase the supply of affordable housing in Newfoundland and
      Labrador.
    - Housing must be affordable for at least 10 years.

    Program:

    - Funding under this agreement will be used for the creation of
      affordable housing.
    - Funding is available to private developers and non-profit organizations
      interested in developing housing for low- to moderate-income families,
      seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special
      needs.

    Administration:

    - The program is administered by Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing).
    - Housing is responsible for the selection of affordable housing
      projects.

    Financial Provisions:

    - Maximum CMHC funding under the agreement is $15.14 million which was
      matched by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in previous
      spending.
    - Funding is available at $35,000 per unit, including federal and
      provincial dollars.


    Phase II
    --------

    Objectives:

    - To increase the supply of affordable housing in Newfoundland and
      Labrador.
    - Housing must be affordable for at least 10 years.

    Program:

    - Funding under this agreement will be used for the creation of
      affordable housing.
    - Funding is available to private developers and non-profit organizations
      interested in developing projects for low-income families, seniors,
      non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.

    Administration:

    - The program will be administered by Housing.
    - Housing is responsible for the selection of affordable housing
      projects.

    Financial Provisions:

    - Maximum funding under the agreement is $10.62 million which is funded
      50/50 by CMHC and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
    - Funding is available at $100,000 per unit, including federal and
      provincial dollars.


                                 Backgrounder

                 Federal/Provincial Home Renovation Programs

                          Newfoundland and Labrador

    In Newfoundland and Labrador, federal/provincial home renovation programs
are delivered by Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) on a cost-shared
basis. In Newfoundland and Labrador, most components of the federal RRAP
program are referred to as the Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP) which is
cost-shared 62/38 per cent by the provincial and federal governments.

    Provincial Home Repair - Homeowner

    This program provides funding assistance to eligible low-income homeowners
who own and occupy substandard housing and enables them to undertake emergency
repairs or to bring their dwellings up to a minimum level of health and
safety. Financial assistance is available in the form of a grant
(non-repayable loan) to a maximum of $5,000 per unit ($6,500 in Labrador).
Repairs exceeding this level may be addressed under a repayable loan of up to
$10,000 ($13,000 in Labrador).

    Provincial Home Repair - Persons with Disabilities/Seniors

    This program provides funding to homeowners and landlords to modify
existing buildings to accommodate low-income persons with disabilities or to
pay for minor home adaptations that will enable low-income seniors to live
independently in their homes. Financial assistance is available in the form of
a grant (non-repayable loan) to a maximum of $7,500 per unit. Repairs
exceeding this level may be addressed under a repayable loan of up to $10,000
($13,000 in Labrador).

    Provincial Home Repair - Emergency Repair

    The Emergency Repair Program assists low-income homeowners to make
emergency repairs required for the continued safe occupancy of their houses.
Only those repairs urgently required to make a house safe are eligible for
assistance. Financial assistance is available in the form of a grant $5,000
per unit ($6,500 in Labrador).

    Provincial Home Repair - Rental/Rooming House

    This program is targeted toward non-profit community-based landlords of
affordable housing, to pay for mandatory repairs to units and beds occupied by
low-income tenants. Funding is based on cost of eligible repairs and number of
eligible units within a project. Grant funding is $24,000 per unit in
Newfoundland ($26,000 per unit in Labrador).

    Provincial Home Repair - Shelter Enhancement

    This program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing
shelters for victims of family violence and in acquiring or building new
shelters and second- stage housing, where needed. Up to $24,000 per unit or
bed unit is available to improve existing shelters ($36,000 per unit in
Labrador).

    Provincial Home Repair - Conversion RRAP

    This program provides financial assistance for the conversion of
non-residential property into units or beds to create affordable housing for
low-income households. Landlords may receive up to $24,000 per unit in
Newfoundland ($36,000 per unit in Labrador).
    




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Jenny Bowring, Communications
Manager, Newfoundland Labrador Housing, (709) 724-3055, jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca;
Dawn L. Ring, Consultant-Communications and Marketing, Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation, (709) 772-5973, dring@cmhc.ca; Ed Moriarity, Director of
Communications, Human Resources, Labour and Employment, (709) 729-4062, (709)
728-9623, edmoriarity@gov.nl.ca


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