Special Mortgage Offer: available to all families in the Habitat program prior to October 1, 2019.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has provided a hand up to over 730 families since 1991 through an affordable home ownership program. This success was accomplished through the hard work of volunteers, donors, staff and other stakeholders who have invested their time and resources into building a great Habitat affiliate. In 2019, Habitat embarked on developing a mortgage model that would benefit partner families while providing Habitat with a greater degree of financial stability. The results were a new mortgage model moving forward (after October 1, 2019) and an optional Special Mortgage Offer that we believe provides the best path forward for families.

To ensure that every partner family in the Habitat program prior to October 1, 2019 is presented with the option to voluntarily upgrade their mortgage, Habitat is sending them letters to outline a Special Mortgage Offer for their consideration. There is no obligation or pressure for families to choose the Special Mortgage Offer. All families who entered the program prior to October 1, 2019, have been grandfathered into one of Habitat Edmonton’s former mortgage models. Families in former mortgage models can explore whether this Special Mortgage Offer is the right fit for their family, or to simply continue with the mortgage model they have for as long as they remain in the program.

The Special Mortgage Offer was developed because Habitat Edmonton realized that most families would benefit by transitioning to a model that provides healthier benefits and alleviates inherent risks, such as an increase in monthly payments due to increased household income.

Benefits of the Special Mortgage Offer include:

  • No down payment.
  • Access to shared home market appreciation with no risk of depreciation. Former models offered limited or no access to shared market appreciation.
  • An affordable monthly payment that remains the same throughout the entirety of each mortgage term (capped payments for each 5-year term). In our legacy mortgage model (mortgages signed between 1991 and 2018), a family’s income is assessed each year and their monthly payments are adjusted accordingly.
  • A preferred interest-rate on a first mortgage with a bank, and an interest-free second mortgage held by Habitat for 20 years.
  • Building a credit history with a financial institution.

Moving forward, Habitat will continue to explore mortgage models that will continue to provide our partner families with a life-changing experience through an effective, beneficial, sustainable, and affordable home ownership program.

For more information: communications@hfh.org

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and Habitat for Humanity celebrate alongside four families who receive keys to their affordable homes

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA.  Four local families have a reason to celebrate as they received the keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes in Grande Prairie. The generosity of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies helped to complete the four homes. The remaining four homes in the 8-home project are also nearing completion.

“It is a true joy for Habitat and our supporters to see hard-working families step into affordable home ownership,” said John Caputo, Interim President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, the Habitat that oversees the program in Grande Prairie. “Our families volunteer 500 hours in the community, and once they are in their homes their monthly payments cover their mortgage, taxes, insurance and program/condo fees, and those payments never exceed 30 percent of their household income.”

Habitat for Humanity has many homes in the community of Grande Prairie with much thanks to the City of Grande Prairie, who has supported Habitat by helping to locate and acquire land.

“As ongoing supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the City is elated to be part of yet another Home Dedication for the most recently completed home build in Grande Prairie,” said Mayor Bill Given. “The coordination between all the groups and organizations – Habitat for Humanity, the City of Grande Prairie, Government of Alberta, CMHC, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, and our local contractors – truly validates how working together can help our community grow and prosper. We know this project will create long-lasting and positive impacts, and are proud of Habitat for Humanity’s continued work in our community.”

As a forward-thinking, community-minded organization, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has invested in local home ownership opportunities through the Habitat program. Their generous gift of $980,000 has funded the construction of eight homes.

“Grande Prairie has a strong Rotary history,” said Tyla Savard, President, Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. “Rotary is about connecting with community, being a part of community, and in turn creating opportunities to generate and support positive community impact. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie is honoured to work with Habitat for Humanity and all the project partners to bring the dream for many families to have their own home to reality.”

In this non-traditional Habitat build, Habitat collaborated with a local build, KCM Group of Companies. This special partnership includes a local builder who will build the homes, which will allow families to be in their homes even sooner.

“Welcome Home! KCM Construction and all their trade partners who proudly worked on this project are pleased to welcome each of the four families to their new home and to their new community,” said Andrea Coleman, Accounting Manager at KCM Construction. “We want to congratulate Habitat for their mission to provide affordable homes to deserving families here in Grande Prairie.”

Habitat for Humanity is excited to see the progress on the houses and to welcome the final four families to their new homes when the project is completed. Habitat thanks all supporters, specifically, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies. There are still four homes available to qualifying families in the community. For more information about the available homes, please contact Hetti at hetti.huls@gmail.com.

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Habitat Edmonton works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. The Habitat program in Grande Prairie joined with Habitat Edmonton in 2011. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit HFH.org.

About the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is known as Rotary City. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie was established nearly 70 years ago as the first of four local Rotary clubs. Rotary is a strong force in our community. Members of our four clubs – our Rotaract club (post secondary), multiple Interact clubs (high school) and one of two EarlyAct clubs (K – Grade 8) in North America – we engage members of all ages to be community stewards, develop their leadership skills, and create positive change in our world. Rotary is for everyone! Rotary in Grande Prairie has a long, rich history of community building and collaboration to fundraise and give back through such events and projects as the Dream Home Lottery, Stop Hunger Now, scholarships, grant applications, and donations towards projects like Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Rotary in our community, visit www.gprotary.com

Media inquires, please contact:

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

Tyla Savard, President
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie
780-897-4875
tyla@synergypromotions.ca

50/50 Winner from our Annual Golf Tournament on September 9, 2020.

The lucky winner of our 50/50 draw was Andrew Gordey, who won a total of $5,955! The winning ticket was drawn on September 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm at 8210 Yellowhead Trail NW. Congratulations, Andrew!

Ticket #D-103124

Location Closing Sale — ReStore EAST

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is sad to announce that the lease is ending at our ReStore location at 6909 76 Avenue NW, and that the location will be closing. The final day of business will be August 22, 2020.

With change comes the opportunity for BIG savings: this week we are excited to offer a minimum of 25% off the lowest ticket price on all remaining merchandise! (ReStore East ONLY – see block above for sale details).

Although we are no longer able to accept donations at this location, we continue to welcome your donations at all three of our other locations:

8210 Yellowhead Trail NW
16811 106 Avenue NW
4004 99 Street NW

We will be opening a new ReStore location in Sherwood Park later this year. We will keep you posted with information closer to the opening date.

Thank you for your continued support of the Habitat Edmonton ReStores, and especially to those of you who shopped, donated, and volunteered at ReStore East.

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and Habitat for Humanity celebrate the beginning of project in the City of Grande Prairie. Eight affordable homes are being constructed for families in the community.

August 6, 2020

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA.  A Habitat for Humanity project is currently underway in Grande Prairie thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and other partners. Four duplexes are currently under construction by KCM Group of Companies, a local homebuilder and partner involved in the project. Partners and supporters joined to celebrate the win for affordable housing in the community at the construction site. Once the project is completed, eight families will own affordable homes; three of the eight families have already been selected by the Habitat committee.

“Habitat was delighted to celebrate alongside our many partners who have been working hard to build affordable homes for families,” said Chris Bruce, Chair of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, the Habitat that oversees the program in Grande Prairie. “We could not be more proud of our partners for investing in their community through the Habitat program. These homes will serve many families in the coming years.”

The Government of Alberta has supported Habitat for Humanity builds across the province for over a decade and clearly understands the priority of affordable housing.

“Alberta’s government recognizes the demand for affordable housing is growing,” said the Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We are pleased to be a partner on this project giving more families access to affordable housing.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Bill Given, the City of Grande Prairie has been a stalwart supporter of affordable housing.

“The City is extremely grateful to welcome back Habitat for Humanity to our community,” said Mayor Bill Given. “We have been long-time supporters of Habitat for Humanity and are excited to add another one of their builds to our area and see the positive impact it will have on so many lives. The partnership between Habitat for Humanity, the City of Grande Prairie, Government of Alberta, CMHC, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and our local contractor truly demonstrate the power of working collaboratively to support all residents in our community.”

Through a generous donation of $980,000, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has set a solid future in place for eight local families, and as these families succeed and sell their homes back to Habitat, even more families will benefit.

“The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie is honoured to support our community through this project with Habitat for Humanity,” said Tyla Savard, President, Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. “It is exciting to give such an opportunity for families in our community to create an ongoing legacy and to strengthen the community. We are very excited that this project is well underway and look forward to any opportunity that we can roll up our sleeves and pitch in to help out outside of the financial support we have provided. We thank our fellow community partners: the City of Grande Prairie, KCM Group of Companies, and Habitat for Humanity for their part in this project, as our collaboration strengthens our community.”

This special partnership includes a local builder who will build the homes, which will allow for families to be in their homes even sooner.

“KCM has been developing communities and building homes in Grande Prairie for over 30 years and we are honoured to be working with Habitat for Humanity on this much needed project here in Grande Prairie,” said Andrea Coleman, Accounting Manager at KCM Group of Companies. “Pride of homeownership goes hand-in-hand with the embracing sense of community, and we are happy to contribute to assisting local families along their journey of achieving strength, stability and self-reliance.”

Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie are excited to see the progress on the houses and to welcome the families to their new homes upon its completion.

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Habitat Edmonton works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. The Habitat program in Grande Prairie joined with Habitat Edmonton in 2011. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit HFH.org.

About the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is known as Rotary City. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie was established nearly 70 years ago as the first of four local Rotary clubs. Rotary is a strong force in our community. Members of our four clubs – our Rotaract club (post secondary), multiple Interact clubs (high school) and one of two EarlyAct clubs (K – Grade 8) in North America – we engage members of all ages to be community stewards, develop their leadership skills, and create positive change in our world. Rotary is for everyone! Rotary in Grande Prairie has a long, rich history of community building and collaboration to fundraise and give back through such events and projects as the Dream Home Lottery, Stop Hunger Now, scholarships, grant applications, and donations towards projects like Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Rotary in our community, visit www.gprotary.com

For more information, please contact

Chris Bruce, Board Chair
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
chair@hfh.org

Tyla Savard, President
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie
780-897-4875
tyla@synergypromotions.ca

Home in South Edmonton.

Kadra is ecstatic about her new life at Neufeld Landing, a Habitat development in south Edmonton. She is married to Abdul, and they have two children: Tasleem, their 9-year old daughter, and Hamdi, their 5-year old son. She spoke about family walks, getting to know the neighbourhood, and having great family discussions over food grilled on the BBQ. At their apartment, barbecuing wasn’t possible, but now they can enjoy it all summer long. Also, both Tasleem and Hamdi are avid swimmers who feel at home in water.

Before Habitat, Kadra and Abdul found themselves in a similar situation to many families in Edmonton: trying unsuccessfully to save for a down payment due to high rent costs and other factors. Kadra and Abdul found themselves yearning for a better life without any means of making that life a reality. There was no foreseeable exit from the apartment they had been renting for eight years.

Abdul had a friend whose family was living in a Habitat house, and his friend encouraged them to apply. Kadra and Abdul were both working parents who really wanted to own THEIR OWN HOME. They had little hope that they would be accepted into the program, but they applied any way. Kadra recalled the day they received the call from Habitat Edmonton:

“You have no idea! I was so excited when they told me that they had a house for us! I asked Habitat, ‘are you sure we are accepted?’ We set up an appointment to meet and I didn’t sleep the whole week until we met with them. I called my husband and was screaming on the phone! We’re in! We got a home!”

Kadra was excited to start her 500 hours of volunteering, but some of it was postponed due to COVID-19; however, there was an opportunity to deliver flyers for Habitat, so her and her kids pounced on the opportunity.

“Home ownership is peace of mind,” said Kadra. “Not worrying about getting kicked out, no rent raises, or wasting my money… I can stay in this Habitat house as long as I want and I’m building equity.”

Kadra was speechless when she walked into her home for the first time. She said that words escaped her. She was overjoyed because it was her first home.

“My son was the most excited; he couldn’t run around in our apartment,” said Kadra. “When we moved in, the first thing he did was run around the entire house. He said, ‘Mom, are you going to stop me from running?’ I told him, no! Go!”

Kadra and Abdul thank the many people who made it possible for them to own a home.

She said, “My husband and I couldn’t even have imagined a house like this, but Habitat transformed our lives 100 percent.”

Around the world for Habitat

*Please note that due to COVID-19, all Global Village trips have been cancelled until the end of 2020. 

 

In 2015 two incredible people entered the Habitat for Humanity world: Kerry and Rudy Buchfink. They discovered the Habitat program in 2015 and have volunteered multiple times per year in countries across the world. Since 2015, they have been on a staggering 19 Global Village trips!

Where have they been?

Armenia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Macedonia (x2), Nova Scotia, Nepal, Nicaragua (x2), Poland, Portugal (x3), Prince Edward Island, Trinidad, and the Yukon.

“I’m not sure what we’d be doing if we weren’t building homes with Habitat,” Rudy joked, “We already walk our daughter’s dog 2-3 times a week. If we weren’t building homes we’d probably double that number and take a small vacation once a year.”

Habitat changed their future of dog-walking into building homes for families in need. In 2015, the couple boarded a plane for their first Global Village build, which was in Portugal. The project was a renovation, and Rudy spoke fondly of their first time experience on a Habitat build site.

“When we arrived on site, we saw that [the renovation] was a big job,” said Rudy. “The homes needed everything from trenching to removing the old roofs. We mixed cement in a wheelbarrow and the work was HARD, but the hosts were well organized and so we were making huge progress throughout the day.”

Kerry noted that when they first arrive on site, they immediately notice a language barrier. However, everybody laughed so much while they tried to understand each other that it added a new element of delight to the experience.

“The groups are happy to have you there and they bend over backwards to help YOU in any way they can,” said Kerry.

It was difficult for Kerry to select one trip as a highlight, but she did remember building in Nepal as a neat experience. “Baby goats were born every day on our build site – yes, goats! We also had to take jeeps to the build site because some of the roads were washed out. I’ll remember that build.”

Rudy likewise had a special trip, and that was his trip to Indonesia, “Building the homes was a real community effort. Everyone – even the kids – pitched in to learn construction and to learn English. Habitat helps families get homes; worthwhile homes that they are proud of.”

The couple was surprised by how they were accepted so quickly by people who didn’t even know them – both in the community and on their build teams. It is fair to say that Global Village has changed the Buchfink’s lives as much or more than the impact they have had on the people in the countries they have visited.

 

*Although Global Village trips have been cancelled to the end of 2020 (and, unfortunately, the Buchfink’s September Global Village trip to Romania was cancelled), you can still read up on Global Village to see what is all involved. https://habitat.ca/en/volunteer/build-globally