Province, feds announce $762,000 for housing

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The provincial and federal governments are spending $762,000 to renovate 34 social housing units in St. John's.
The money - part of the federal economic stimulus program - is part of $2 billion across Canada for housing projects according to a news release sent out today.
"Our government is committed to giving a hand-up to Canadians who need some help," said federal minister responsible for Newfoundland Peter MacKay. "In these tough economic times, Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing Canadians not only with safe, affordable housing, but also with the jobs and opportunities they need, so they can strengthen and contribute to our communities."
Provincial Transportation and Works Minister Tom Hedderson said that the money is part of $27 million committed in this year's budget for housing projects.
"Our commitment to provide lower-income households with quality, safe and affordable housing is continuing," said Minister Hedderson. "This renovation announcement is another example of how Newfoundland Labrador Housing has used its federal-provincial funding to make the most of upgrading our social housing portfolio throughout the province and to ensure that we have viable housing options for future generations."
The money will be used to do work like replacing roofing and siding, windows and doors, and the interiors of the units. The government said the renovations will extend the useful life of the units.

Geographic location: Canada, St. John's

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  • Chantel
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Cue the poor-bashers and bring in the wild generalizations...