Robert’s Arm gets new affordable housing

Rudy Norman
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Robert’s Arm will be the site for new affordable housing, thanks to key investments by the local community and the Federal and Provincial Governments.

Representatives from the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador were on hand in Robert’s Arm last week for the opening of the new expansion of Interfaith Seniors Manor in that community.

The facility was already home to a number of units designed to be affordable living options for seniors who need assistance, but still would like to live independently in the community.

Interfaith Seniors Manor has been operating in the town of Robert’s Arm for the past 25 years. The non-profit complex has undergone two major expansions since that time, and has become a vital asset to seniors of that town and region.

Last week, those gathered celebrated the official opening of four new two-bedroom supportive living units. The latest expansion was funded through an equally cost-shared $500,000 investment from the Federal and Provincial Governments through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement for Investments in Affordable Housing 2011-2014. The funding is administered through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC).

“With investments in housing projects like these ones, our government is contributing to the economic growth of Newfoundland and Labrador and creating jobs,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in an issued release. “At the same time, we are ensuring that families and seniors living on low income and people with special needs can benefit from affordable and supportive housing.”

The Manor previously received $1.3 million through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which was also equally cost-shared by the Federal and Provincial Governments, enabling them to add 10 seniors’ units to their facility in 2010. Together with the most recent expansion, the manor’s total capacity is now 35 units.

“This project is another success story that is moving the Provincial Government closer to achieving its long-term goal under the Provincial Social Housing Plan of providing quality affordable homes for those in need throughout our province,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “Having this facility enables people to get the support they need while remaining in their own community and maintain the support of family and friends.”

Lloyd Colbourne, Mayor of Robert’s Arm, is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for Robert’s Arm Interfaith Seniors Manor.

“We are delighted with the great support we have received from the Federal and Provincial Governments to make this dream a reality,” he said. “We recognize the need in our area for supportive and affordable living accommodations where people with complex needs and senior citizens can live safely and comfortably in the community.”

Organizations: Federal and Provincial Governments, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, Federal and Provincial Governments.Representatives Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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