Province awards contracts for housing upgrades

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More than 20 housing units will get a facelift thanks to contracts awarded today by the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp.

Kevin O’Brien — Photo by Kevin Curley/The Packet

In a news release issued this afternoon, the Crown corporation announced two contracts valued at $336,000 to upgrade 22 social housing homes in St. John’s with home-heat recovery systems to increase energy efficiency.

 “The provincial government recognizes the importance of providing safe and affordable rental housing to families and individuals with low incomes in housing need,” said Minister Kevin O’Brien, who is responsible for the corporation.

“These latest contracts will result in upgrades to housing units and demonstrates our continued commitment and investment into social programs,

 G.S. Hunt Ltd. received one contract for $277,000 for exterior renovations and installation of systems in six housing units in the east end of the city, while Eastern Siding Systems Ltd. was awarded $59,000 to install the systems in a 16-unit building in the centre part of the city.

 The exterior upgrades will include wall, window, door and roofing replacements along with installation of new steps, decks and ramps. The expected completion date for the work is September 2014.

 Eastern Siding’s project is expected to be completed by April 2014.

According to the news release, since January 2013, $10 million has been spent to renovate approximately 450 social housing units throughout the province. To date, about 75 per cent of the units in the province have received exterior upgrades.

Organizations: G.S. Hunt, Eastern Siding Systems

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