Habitat for Humanity Edmonton forms their Community Advisory Council.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA. Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has built homes and served families in need of affordable homeownership for the past 30 years. Through the support of dedicated partners, donors, and volunteers across northern Alberta, Habitat Edmonton has helped more than 750 families find the strength, stability, and independence that comes through affordable homeownership.

Habitat Edmonton is excited to announce that, after a rigorous screening process via a selection committee, they have attracted a group of diverse and compassionate individuals from the communities they serve to be part of the Habitat Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC will provide high-level recommendations to the Habitat Board of Directors in the areas of, but not limited to, affordable housing, industry and innovation, and critical issues affecting Habitat’s communities.

The first meeting took place on June 3, 2021 and the CAC is set to meet quarterly to support Habitat in remaining true to its mission by acting as a liaison to the partner families and communities it serves.

More information about the Community Advisory Council, the Selection Committee, and the application process can be found at HFH.org/cac.

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About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Habitat for Humanity Edmonton brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, visit HFH.org.

Media inquires, please contact:
Kyle Keller Sr. Manager, Communications & Marketing Habitat for Humanity Edmonton communications@

Habitat for Humanity celebrates the completion of a six home project in Edmonton.

Six Habitat homes completed in Edmonton’s Hollick Kenyon community are ready for occupancy.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA. Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has built homes and served families in need of affordable homeownership for 30 years. With a strong legacy of serving families across northern Alberta, Habitat Edmonton has now helped over 750 families find the strength, stability, and independence that comes through affordable home ownership. The six home project in northern Edmonton is now completed, and the landscaping will commence later in the summer.

“We are elated each time a family signs their mortgage and moves into their Habitat home,” said Dr. Ann-Marie Reddy, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Habitat Homeownership allows parents to be optimistic about the future and to focus on their children instead of making ends meet from month to month. When families are ready to graduate from Habitat Homeownership, they sell their home back to us and use their equity to purchase a home on the open market. Their previous home then becomes a homeownership opportunity for another family.”

The Government of Alberta has been a strong proponent of affordable housing and Habitat homeownership in communities across the province. Their contribution of $600,000 of provincial grant funding towards the project in Hollick Kenyon has helped to ensure that local families will prosper.

“My sincere thanks go to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton for its dedication to providing homes for families in need and creating jobs for people in the region,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “These new homes in the Hollick Kenyon community of northeast Edmonton will make homeownership possible for four deserving families. Alberta’s government is proud to partner with housing providers and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to provide more affordable housing across the province.”

Habitat projects are only successful because of community support. The City of Edmonton has been an ardent supporter of Habitat projects since 1991 by helping the charity to acquire land and funding. The City of Edmonton made it possible for Habitat to acquire the land for the six homes constructed in Hollick Kenyon.

“At the City of Edmonton, affordable housing is one of our top priorities,” said Councillor Aaron Paquette, City of Edmonton. We are proud to have donated the land for the six single-family homes being celebrated today. A building project like the one at Hollick Kenyon gives us an opportunity to build an inclusive city where everyone can feel safe and have opportunities to thrive.”

Habitat Homeownership is open to families who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, have at least one child under the age of 18 residing at home, have a good credit score, and a household income between $35,000 and $65,000 per year. No cash down payment is required for the home. Homeowners gain access to market appreciation with no exposure to market depreciation, pay affordable monthly payments based on 50 percent of the value of the home, and are building equity with each payment.

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About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, visit HFH.org.

Media inquires, please contact:

Kyle Keller
Sr. Manager, Communications & Marketing
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
communications@hfh.org
780-974-6470

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton celebrates 30 year of serving families with upcoming Anniversary Build in Spruce Grove.

Two families to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity.

 

SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA.  Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is celebrating 30 years of serving families, and a big part of that celebration is their 30th Anniversary Build, which is happening in the community of Spruce Grove. Habitat plans to build a duplex for two families and anticipates that the project will be underway in mid-July with a mixture of volunteers, staff, and contractors building on site.

The first Habitat project in Spruce Grove dates back to 1999, when a single family home was constructed for a local family. There are now 10 Habitat homes in the community, and these homes have benefitted 15 families.

“2021 is a milestone year for Habitat Edmonton,” said Dr. Ann-Marie Reddy, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are proud of our legacy of serving families over the past three decades, and we’re pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone in the City of Spruce Grove. Many different individuals and groups come together to make Habitat projects successful, and this build will be no exception. We’re looking forward to providing a hand-up to two deserving families when these homes are completed in late 2022.”

Since 2005, the Government of Alberta has supported Habitat homeownership in communities across the province. The $200,000 of funding they have provided for two homes will help Albertan families with much needed stability for years to come.

“There continues to be a need for more affordable housing in the province, and once again, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is stepping up. Once complete, the project in Spruce Grove will become homes for two deserving families. I applaud Habitat for Humanity’s dedication to providing homes for families in need and creating jobs for people in the region,” said Alberta Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon.

Habitat projects are only successful because of community support. The City of Spruce Grove has been an ardent supporter of Habitat projects by helping the charity to acquire land and/or through affordable housing funding.

“Providing affordable housing options to local families will not only support them on their journey to home ownership, but it will also help to build our community, support our economy, and provide us with an opportunity share the many reasons why Spruce Grove is a great place to call home,” said Mayor Stuart Houston.

Habitat Homeownership is open to families who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, have at least one child under the age of 16 residing at home, have a credit score of 650 or higher, and whose household income is between $35,000 and $65,500 per year. No cash down payment is required for the home. Homeowners gain access to market appreciation with no exposure to market depreciation, pay affordable monthly payments based on 50% of the value of the home, and are building equity with each payment.

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About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Habitat brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, please visit HFH.org.

 

Media inquires, please contact:

Kyle Keller
Communications Officer
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
communications@hfh.org
780-974-6470

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s 50/50 Raffle Winner – June 18, 2021

Congratulations to our lucky winner who won a total of $10,000!
Order number: 5F2852
Ticket number: 6207
The winning ticket was drawn on June 18, 2021 at 2:00pm at 14755 121A Avenue, Edmonton.
A special thank you to everyone who participated in our 50/50 online raffle — each entry helps us build homes for families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

Habitat for Humanity build underway in Leduc. Habitat for Humanity and its partners to provide affordable home ownership opportunities to four families.  

LEDUC, ALBERTA.  Construction is underway on two duplexes in the city of Leduc and, as a result, four families will become homeowners by the end of the year. Habitat for Humanity, the Government of Alberta, the City of Leduc, Qualico, and Pacesetter Homes joined together to bring the affordable home ownership project to pass. The homes are under construction in Leduc’s Meadowview community, and eligible families are encouraged to apply for a life-changing home ownership opportunity.

“Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to provide affordable homeownership, and we do this through strategic partnerships,” said Dr. Ann-Marie Reddy, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Habitat and our partners are building homes that will be more than just a place to live. We are building homes to provide much needed stability and independence for parents and children. Thank you to our partners for your forward-thinking and commitment to provide affordable home ownership to families.”

The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 2005, and has made it possible for many Albertans to access affordable home ownership through Habitat for Humanity. They have provided $400,000 in funding for these four homes that will benefit Albertans for decades to come.

“Alberta’s government is proud to support the Habitat for Humanity project in Leduc, which not only provides affordable homes, but also creates jobs for people in the region,” said the Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “This project is as an excellent example of teamwork where non-profit and private sectors, and multiple orders of government are working together to make a difference.”

Habitat is honored to have a strong partnership with the City of Leduc, who has donated the land for the project. Habitat is pleased that the mayor and council see the value of affordable housing and are committed to making it available to their citizens.

“Building community has been council’s primary mission for the last three years, so partnering on this project to provide affordable housing options to Leduc families is a very natural fit,” said Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Creating pathways to home ownership will make a real difference in people’s lives, and we are so pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity, Qualico, and Pacesetter Homes to make this a reality in our community.”

“Pacesetter Homes is grateful to give back to the community of Leduc by helping four families in such a meaningful way,” said Sandra Young, VP of Pacesetter Homes Edmonton. “By collaborating with community leaders like Habitat for Humanity, and building partnerships with the intention of being accessible and inclusive, we are helping more people achieve their goal of home ownership.”

Families interested in owning an affordable home through Habitat are encouraged to visit HFH.org for more details and to start the application process.

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Four families to benefit from partnership between Habitat Edmonton, City of Leduc, Qualico, and Pacesetter Homes.

At the May 17th meeting of Leduc City Council, the City announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Qualico and Pacesetter Homes that will see two duplex homes built in the Meadowview community and made available to eligible families in need of affordable home ownership.

 

Read the full press release here.

Post Secondary Volunteer Challenge – First Semester Winners!

We are very excited to support the Post Secondary Volunteer Challenge initiative that was brought forward by the Students for Habitat Club at the U of A. These brave souls ventured where none had gone before, throwing down the gauntlet, daring other post-secondary institutions to beat them in volunteer hours accumulated over the first semester. Several schools picked that gauntlet up, which made for an exciting race! We have reviewed the stats, added up the hours and have an announcement to make!
…. drum roll ….
The winner of our Post-Secondary Challenge for the Fall 2020 Semester is:
The University of Alberta!
Coming in with a very CLOSE second place is:
Concordia University of Edmonton
And third place is:
Grant McEwan University
All of the schools will receive a certificate for their participation and the first place winners a small prize of appreciation along with bragging rights of course! Ultimately the biggest prize is that all participants have helped us to support the dream of affordable home ownership. We thank everyone involved and hope to have a tight race once again for the second semester!