Nfld. & Labrador

Relief coming for Labrador woman sleeping in car

Relief is in sight for at least one victim of the housing crunch in booming Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Homeless woman

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8 years ago
There may be relief for a young Labrador mother, reports Kate Adach 2:41

Relief is in sight for at least one victim of the housing crunch in a booming central Labrador town.

Nadine Hillier, 23, has been trying for months to secure a place to rent in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Hillier works full-time and qualifies for public housing.  

The woman's struggle was made worse when she ended up having to sub-let, couch-surf, and eventually had to sleep in her car.

Nadine Hillier of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a young mother who was promised an NL Housing unit months ago. (CBC)

"I never really chose to live in the car. It just sort of happened," said Hillier. 

An unstable home life forced her to move out.

Pregnant, and then as a young mother, Hillier found herself homeless. Her young daughter has been staying with her ex.

Hillier said she wishes she could provide stability for her baby. 

"She shouldn't have to be going through this. I should have a house. I should have had a house when they told me I had a house, and that's what's really frustrating here. Every time I go to to see her it's like, 'vroom vroom mommy, I wanna go with you, mommy's house' and stuff like that, right? How are you supposed to explain to a 19-month-old that mommy doesn't have a house? You can't come with mommy now because I have nowhere to take you."

Back in June, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing told Hillier she had been selected for a three-bedroom unit.

Dennis Kendell of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing. (CBC)
Hillier was overjoyed, but the corporation then told her the unit was unfit and needed repairs, so she couldn't move in.

Housing officials said there are currently about 20 people on a waiting list for houses in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, but most cases are not considered urgent.

On Tuesday, the agency confirmed it has a new house lined up for Hillier. 

Spokesperson Dennis Kendell said she can move in next Monday, unless "something out of the ordinary happens."

Hillier told CBC she is ecstatic, but added since she's been told good news before, she's not holding her breath. 


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