More affordable housing is within reach in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since an Aug. 4 sod-turning ceremony has kick started construction of two new Habitat for Humanity homes in the central Labrador community.
“By working together with our community, non-profit and private sector partners, we can help bring stability, self-reliance and hope through housing to many more people," said Lisa Dempster, minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation,
Dempster attended the ceremony, along with representatives of other levels of government including Labrador MP Yvonne Jones
“This investment will create two new homes for deserving families — homes they can proudly call their own,” Jones said. “This is something our government is, and will always be a proud to work for."
The town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay donated the land for the homes and an equally cost-shared investment of $170,000 between the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador helped pay for the construction.
Sandra Whiffen, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador, said the program is about mobilizing volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership.
"It's a hand up, not a hand out, where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live," she said.
A news release from the province said by the end of 2019, the federal and provincial governments will have contributed approximately $1.7 million in funding to Habitat for Humanity homes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.