Final Dedication Ceremony in Fort Saskatchewan: families receive keys to their homes as Habitat for Humanity completes the 16 home build that was part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – The 16-home Habitat for Humanity build that was started in 2017 as part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project has now been completed. Habitat supporters celebrated alongside the families who received keys to their homes on Canyon Road. Over 1,600 volunteers spent a combined total of 31,550+ hours on the 16 homes. The new homeowners will pay affordable mortgages with payments tailored to their income and that will never exceed 25 percent of their household income.

“We are thrilled to be completing the build here in Fort Saskatchewan,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The community has banded together to help their fellow citizens attain affordable home ownership, and they should be proud of what they have accomplished over the course of this project.”

The first Habitat build in the Fort was completed in 2008, and since that time, Habitat has served 39 families in the community. Under the leadership of Mayor Gale Katchur, the City of Fort Saskatchewan has been a tremendously supportive partner of Habitat and proponent of affordable home ownership.

“The City of Fort Saskatchewan is thrilled to see these final few homes from the Carter Build finally finished and going to local families,” said Mayor Gale Katchur. “We are happy to have worked with Habitat for Humanity on this build and look forward to many more years of positive collaboration.”

Habitat for Humanity thanks everyone involved in helping families gain access to affordable home ownership. The key presenters for these homes were Dow Chemical Canada, End of the Roll, and Qualico.

We kicked off the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project!

On March 5th, we kicked off the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project at ReStore South. The project runs from March 5th until June 5th. We are empowering local faith communities to recruit 600 volunteers to help us build homes and volunteer in our Prefab Shop and in our ReStores. The Kick Off was an absolute blast and Habitat is thankful for all who were involved.

 

Four families receive keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes – only four homes left in 16 home Habitat development.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN (Oct. 18, 2018) – Four local families had been working hard over the past year and a half to earn the keys to their new Habitat homes. The families each put in 500 hours of sweat equity and will be paying an interest-free mortgage to Habitat with payments no more than 25 percent of their household income. The Habitat mortgage affords the families more disposable income for building a brighter future for their children.

“It’s encouraging to see how the community has rallied around this project,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Each family is now in a position to build equity with each mortgage payment they make. They no longer need to decide between paying the rent and buying winter clothing for their children. This is a huge win for the community as a whole.”

The Government of Alberta began partnering with Habitat in 2006 and continues to work toward a province where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home.

“I am proud of our government’s support for the Habitat for Humanity Carter Build,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “Providing safe, affordable housing for those who need it is part of creating an economy that works for everyone. To the four families who are moving in today: welcome home.”

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has 25 Habitat homes serving families in the community.

“It’s a pleasure to celebrate the dedication of four more homes from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Habitat for Humanity build,” said Mayor Gale Katchur, City of Fort Saskatchewan. “On behalf of the community, it is truly a joy to see so many more people getting the hand up that they need and deserve.”

Habitat for Humanity thanks everyone involved in helping families gain access to affordable home ownership. The key presenters for these homes were Canadian Tire, Shell Canada, REALTORS® Community Foundation, and ladies who participated in Habitat’s 2018 Women Build.

 

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Local family receives keys to Habitat for Humanity home – the third family to benefit from the Habitat program in the community.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Dave, Stephanie, and their children proudly received keys to their Habitat home in Rocky Mountain House. The home ownership opportunity was made possible by a strong local committee, volunteers, donors and a generous donation by the Cote family in memory of the late Honourable W. Helen Hunley. The local Habitat committee spearheaded the fundraising for the home on 53A Avenue that was renovated by local volunteers.

“It’s been a very rewarding experience to mobilize volunteers and donors to raise funds and complete this home renovation,” said Clark Bertagnolli, Project Leader, Friends of Habitat Edmonton – Rocky Mountain House. “What’s even more rewarding is that a local family now has a bright future ahead of them.”

The project in Rocky Mountain House was completed by local volunteers and a local committee, and is overseen by Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“All of us at Habitat are delighted to celebrate alongside Dave, Stephanie, and their children, as well as the local Habitat committee here in Rocky, who have done an incredible job of engaging the community to renovate this home,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are so grateful to them for addressing the need for affordable home ownership in their community, and helping us to ensure that families can succeed.”

The Town of Rocky Mountain House has been a supporter of Habitat’s work in the community.

“Families are the heart of our community,” said Mayor Tammy Burke. “On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain House town council, I am thrilled to welcome the family to their new home and thank Habitat for Humanity for its ongoing presence in our community as a partner in providing safe, affordable housing for our residents.”

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton thanks each and every member who has served on the Rocky Mountain House committee for their leadership and commitment to helping families achieve strength, stability, and independence in Rocky Mountain House.

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Sterling Homes, in partnership with Qualico, presents a family with keys to their new Habitat home in Fort Saskatchewan.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – Janelle and her sons proudly received keys to their Habitat home, the 21st Habitat home in Fort Saskatchewan. The home ownership opportunity was made possible through a generous donation by Sterling Homes, in partnership with Qualico, their third donation since the beginning of the Habitat Day in the Capital Region campaign.

“Sterling Homes believes that home ownership creates stability, independence and pride,” said Brent Bommes, General Manager, Sterling Homes”. “Sadly, this is often not attainable for lower income families. Giving back to the community that provides us with our livelihood is not only communally responsible, it creates good will as well as a positive corporate and community culture.”

“An affordable home is so integral to a family’s well-being,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I want to commend and thank the leadership at Sterling Homes and Qualico and all their staff who made it possible to provide Janelle and her sons with an opportunity to change their future through the security that stable housing provides.”

The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat since 2005, and has made it possible for many Albertans to access affordable home ownership through the Habitat program.

“Our Government is proud to support Habitat for Humanity,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s belief that everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. This home dedication is not just symbolic, it is an important and exciting new start for a family. Welcome home.”

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has been a strong supporter of Habitat’s work in the community.

“It’s a pleasure to see another Habitat for Humanity home being dedicated in Fort Saskatchewan,” said Deputy Mayor Gordon Harris. “It’s especially wonderful to see Sterling Homes donating this house and proving they too are dedicated to helping local families get a hand up.”

Habitat thanks Sterling Homes, Qualico, and everyone involved in helping Janelle and her family to achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership.

 

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Carter Place Home Dedication Ceremony! June 28, 2018

It was a beautiful day at Carter Place as 11 families received keys to their new homes! Here’s a few photos of the event!

Home is now a reality for 21 parents and 47 children who received keys to Habitat homes that were started during the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

CARTER PLACE, EDMONTON  –  Eleven families (21 parents and 47 children) accepted keys to their new Habitat homes in front of Habitat supporters and volunteers. The homeowner families have worked 500 hours building their homes, and will begin paying an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of their income. The affordable mortgage structure will help them build equity and will create more disposable income to allocate toward necessities and savings.

The Carter Place development was named in honour of former US president Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn, who worked hands-on the homes in July of 2017. When completed, the development will be home to 58 families.

“The Habitat program has been successful in Edmonton just as it is in every other community in the world,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat Edmonton. “The model has been proven to provide families with the boost they need to cross from renting to owning. Once they own their own home families have a freedom to save and plan for the future – a life that was previously unattainable for them.”

The Government of Alberta has been a supporter of Habitat Edmonton’s work in the province and was a supporter of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Everyone should have a safe place to call home,” said Denise Woollard, MLA for Edmonton – Mill Creek. “That’s why we launched our Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy to build affordable housing across the province. We are proud to support this project and applaud Habitat for Humanity and their many partners for creating new affordable homes for Albertans.”

The City of Edmonton continues to support Habitat’s work for local families and was also a supporter of the Carter Work Project and Mayor Iveson, City Councillors and staff built alongside families.

“Today’s dedication is a huge win for our city, said Councillor Michael Walters, City of Edmonton. “It’s a proud day for all Edmontonians when eleven families receive keys to their new homes. Access to affordable housing is vitally important to the health of our city and the quality of life of our citizens, which is why partnerships with groups like Habitat are so essential. I’m delighted that the City was able to work with Habitat so that homes could be built for families to grow and thrive.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these 11 homes were: Cabico by Gem Cabinets, Cameron Homes, Christenson Group of Companies, Enbridge, Graham Construction, Lowes, Halstead International, Schneider Electric, Stanley Black & Decker, and a key was presented on behalf of Habitat volunteers by Walley Linnemann.

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