News Release: Groundbreaking Ceremony

For Immediate Release

Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador holds groundbreaking ceremony for new build project in St. John’s, NL

St. John’s NL – Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador is excited to announce we broke ground on a three-unit home kicking off the construction phase for this project. The new homes will be located in the City of St. John’s. With a projected possession date of fall 2024, the homes will serve three lower income working families from the St. John’s area in need of a safe place to call home.

“The need for affordable housing has never been greater and families are struggling more than ever. Working together with our community partners, we will help lower income working families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. We are pleased to be starting our new build project that will become home for three families along with our funders in collaboration with the City of St. John’s” Sandra Whiffen, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity NL.

“Announcements like today showcase the strong partnership between our government and Habitat for Humanity,” said the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “We are committed to providing safe and secure housing that will support hardworking, middle-class families and strengthen the growing community of St. John’s. I am pleased to see the work of our National Housing Strategy come to life through programs such as this.”

In March 2023, the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada announced an additional $25 million investment to build 500 new affordable homes across Canada over the next three years. This brings the total federal investment in Habitat for Humanity to $80.8 million through the Government of Canada’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund. “We recognize that safe and affordable housing is key to improving health and social outcomes for individuals and families. Today we are very pleased to celebrate and partner, once again, with Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador to develop two more new Habitat homes here in St. John’s. These new dwellings will provide opportunity for more families to build a stable and secure future through affordable homeownership.” Honourable Paul Pike, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.

“On behalf of the City of St. John’s, I would like to congratulate Habitat for Humanity on breaking ground on this significant project. The City was pleased to provide the land for this affordable housing project, which provides many social and economic benefits. There is power in partnerships, especially when it comes to a complex issues such as affordable housing. The City looks forward to continuing to work with Habitat for Humanity into the future, as well as other government and community partners, to address the housing needs of our residents.” Mayor Danny Breen, City of St. John’s, NL

“CIPH and the entire membership are thrilled to be involved in a very rewarding partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada. I am so proud to say that this home will be the start of a new life for a Habitat family where they can feel safe and the children can grow up with pride and dignity. I am also proud to state that CIPH and its members take a leadership role in addressing the need for affordable housing by providing modern hot water heating and plumbing products that are good for the environment and energy efficient. We are a good association, we do good things that are meaningful, and we indeed make a difference because of our selfless giving, stated Ralph Suppa, President of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating.”

About Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador

Habitat for Humanity NL is a registered charitable organization dedicated to helping families across our province build better lives through affordable homeownership. Habitat for Humanity NL builds homes in partnership with qualifying lower income, working families. Habitat for Humanity NL has been active since 1994 and has since built over 65 homes in Newfoundland and Labrador with the help of dedicated donors and volunteers. For more information, please visit

Media contact
Sandra Whiffen
Executive Director/CEO
Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador
Office: 709 753-5743 ext 2

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