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!

Winner of Habitat Edmonton’s Women Build 50/50 Cash Raffle

 

The winning ticket for our 50/50 draw is D-845, who won a total of $9,175! The winning ticket was drawn on December 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm at 8210 Yellowhead Trail NW. Congratulations to the lucky winner.

 

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton announces their new CEO to lead the organization through transition.

(Edmonton) – Today, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is excited to announce the hiring of the organization’s new President & CEO, Ann–Marie Reddy who will take over the reins from interim President & CEO, John Caputo, who has played a critical role in a new era of improved stakeholder engagement and consultation. Ann-Marie Reddy will assume her role on January 18, 2021 and brings 20 plus years of senior and executive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial management, marketing and business development. Her expertise lies in building strong foundations in organizational development, relationship building, performance and operational management.

On behalf of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and all of our stakeholders, I am pleased to welcome Ann-Marie as the new leader of our organization, and to the Habitat family. Ann-Marie will join Habitat at a critical juncture as we work towards the end of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to explore new methods of serving even more families in northern Alberta. Her skill set, experience, and extensive education will be great assets, especially with the upcoming formation of our Community Advisory Council.”

– Chris Bruce, Chair of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Winston Churchill once said, ‘we made a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’. I want to thank the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Board of Directors for giving me an opportunity to be part of something so amazing. Supporting Edmonton and the surrounding community as we work towards building a better future for potential homeowners.”

– Ann-Marie Reddy, incoming President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Ann-Marie brings a leadership style that will enable her to instantaneously connect with our partner families, employees, stakeholders, donors and volunteers. Her positive attitude and people-first mindset will be a great asset in delivering the Habitat program to families in need of affordable home ownership.

– John Caputo, interim CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

ReStore to open in Sherwood Park on January 19, 2021.

We are pleased to be opening a ReStore in Sherwood Park on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 am. The ReStore is a 20,000 sq. ft. store located at 7 Streambank Avenue. Regular business hours will be Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

We’re looking forward to serving you in Sherwood Park!

 

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