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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

December 16, 2011 09:58 ET

Program Enables Avalon and Burin Homeowners to Renovate Their Homes

Provides updated quality housing for families

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - A total of 812 homeowners with low incomes throughout the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas renovated and repaired their homes this past year under a $3.5 million investment in the Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP). The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation made the announcement today.

"The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed to these investments," said Minister Penashue. "More than 800 homes have been renovated, providing updated quality housing for families while contributing to the economic and social well-being of Newfoundland and Labrador's communities."

"The Provincial Home Repair Program continues to meet its mandate for providing a cost-effective means for homeowners with low-incomes to make essential repairs," said Minister Hedderson. "Seniors in particular have benefitted from the program, as it helps them undertake renovations and repairs which may allow them the option of staying in their own homes."

The types of repairs that can be undertaken with a PHRP loan or grant include upgrades to heating, electrical or plumbing systems, and renovations and retrofits to deteriorated structures, foundations, windows, doors, roofing or siding. Applicants are assessed in the order in which they are received and priority is given to emergency repairs. Applicants must be bona fide homeowners with annual incomes of $32,500 or less. The PHRP has provided over $200 million to assist approximately 50,000 low-income households throughout the province, since it began 36 years ago.

In September 2008, the Government of Canada committed to a five-year investment of more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness to address the needs of low-income Canadians, those at risk of homelessness, and the homeless. This included a two-year renewal of the Affordable Housing Initiative and renovation programs until March 31, 2011 with a commitment to consult on the use of the investments for the 2011-2014 period.

On August 16, 2011, the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced a combined investment of close to $41 million under the new Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 agreement. Following the signing of this agreement, the provincial government through NLHC extended PHRP for another three years.

The provincial government is investing an additional $12 million in PHRP over the next three years, for a total provincial investment of $24 million. This increases the total PHRP budget for program years 2011-2014 to $36 million. This investment directly supports the goals of the Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released by the provincial government in August 2009 outlining a long-term vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping to create healthier communities.

The PHRP serves an average 2,500 households annually, mostly in rural communities throughout the province. A maximum grant of $5,000 is available to homeowners on the island while in Labrador a maximum grant of $6,500 is available. Homeowners whose repairs exceed these levels may apply for a low-interest repayable loan of up to $10,000 ($13,000 in Labrador).

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

Contact Information

  • Jason Card
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 699-0470
    jasoncard@gov.nl.ca

    Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Jenny Bowring
    Communications Manager
    Newfoundland Labrador Housing
    709-724-3055
    jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

    Katherine LeBlanc
    Consultant, Marketing & Communications
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    902-426-6581
    krleblan@cmhc.ca