Paul Pike says there are hundreds of people on the waitlist for a housing unit and there are 47 new rental housing homes approved for the western region.
Housing Minister Paul Pike says since October the budget for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Commission renovations budget has been boosted with an extra $3 million dollars to handle renovations to 143 vacant units. This includes 12 units throughout the western region and a total of 81 units are ready to move in. There are 32 units in the Crestview area of Corner Brook that have been boarded up. Pike says nothing has been done there since federal funding was not approved last year. He says the application was denied but government is committed to revitalizing public housing in the area and expects to have an update on plans soon. Pike says there are hundreds of people on the waitlist for a housing unit and there are 47 new rental housing homes approved for the western region. He says 7 projects have been approved for the region, including Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Irishtown-Summerside, and Port Saunders. Pike says these projects should get final approval within the next month or two and be shovel ready to start this spring.