HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Local family celebrates the beginning of a promising future!

Edmonton, AB — Habitat for Humanity supporters and a well-deserving Edmonton family celebrated as a backhoe turned the soil for their new Habitat for Humanity home in Edmonton’s Rutherford community. Billy, Siobhan and their five children simultaneously used ceremonial shovels to officially kick off the construction of their new home.

“Habitat is all about serving families. Yes, we build houses, but our real focus is providing families with an opportunity to provide a bright future for their children,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When families have a safe decent place to live, they thrive. They move from living from paycheque to paycheque to building equity.”

Habitat relies on the goodwill of volunteers and community partners. The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity over the years.

“Finding quality, affordable housing is especially challenging for large families,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “We truly appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s continuous efforts to find housing solutions so that a spacious, comfortable home can be built for this family.”

Habitat is also thrilled that Delcon Group has made this opportunity available for Billy, Siobhan, and their children through a generous donation.

“Delcon Group is pleased to provide a ‘hand up’ to a local family through Habitat for Humanity,” said Bill Winter, Vice President, Delcon Group. “We are grateful to participate in this build by providing the lot for a beautiful home to be built by volunteers, and we’re excited that this deserving family will be able to set roots in the Rutherford community.”

Habitat for Humanity homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. Partner families must invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” as the down payment for their home. However, these home ownership opportunities are not possible without the support of dedicated volunteers and donors. Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Students bring playground to Aurora Place

Students erect playground at Aurora Place

St. Albert, Alberta-A group of five grade 9 students from Buffalo Head Prairie School made a special trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Aurora Place development. As part of a woodworking and construction class, the students built the playground at the school and transported it piece by piece to the development. Today the students reassembled the playground in the heart of the development.

“Habitat is so grateful for this group of students who are learning not only construction skills, but what it means to give to community,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “This is the second time that we’ve had a group from Buffalo Head Prairie School down to give our developments a place for children to meet and to play with each other. This playground is more than just a place for children to hang out; it is a place where they’ll develop community.”

The first 20 of the 30 families are currently living in the development. When completed, Aurora Place will be home to approximately 60 children under the age of 18.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat Edmonton wins 6 awards at National AGM

Habitat Edmonton takes home 6 awards from national AGM

Habitat for Humanity Canada held its Annual General Meeting on May 4th. As a result of our volunteers, community partners and staff, Habitat Edmonton took home 6 awards:

  1. Outstanding Tithe Contribution. Our “tithe” contributions to Habitat Canada goes towards building homes overseas. For every home we build locally we build one overseas.
  2. SHE Award for Outstanding Health & Safety. This award recognizes the affiliate who has established a safety management system specific to all activities within their operation that address safety, health of employees/volunteers, and protection of the environment.
  3. Green Building Award. The Award recognizes the affiliate who has reached the highest Energy Efficiency building standard for their province and incorporated sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact during construction and occupancy.
  4. ReStore Innovation Award. This Award recognizes ReStore STAFF and VOLUNTEERS for their leadership, accomplishments and innovation with their front line volunteers, within their affiliates and community.
  5. ReStore Sustainability Award. This Award recognizes the ONE location within the Habitat for Humanity Canada ReStore community that has demonstrated leadership in the area of environmental sustainability from a ReStore perspective.
  6. Affiliate Award of Excellence (Large Urban – 541K+). The Award recognizes affiliates for extraordinary accomplishments in advancing Habitat for Humanity’s mission.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat for Humanity accepts five homes from big-hearted Home Builders.

Edmonton, AB — Capital Region business leaders and dignitaries gathered at the Delta Edmonton South to celebrate the fourth annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region. Special guests addressed the business leaders and the need for continued growth in affordable housing. The Habitat Day campaign has resulted in over $5 Million in assets since its inception in 2010. This year capital region builders will donate a total of five homes: three in Edmonton, one in Leduc and one in Stony Plain.

Leading the way for the fourth straight year, Christenson Developments and Landmark Group of Companies once again announced that they would each provide a home to Habitat. On board for the first time were Brookfield Residential, Dolce Vita Homes and Pacesetter Homes (in partnership with Qualico, who partnered last year with Sterling Homes). Five families will benefit from the generosity of these local home builders.

“Habitat homes would not be possible without the support of the community,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The capital region home builders are not only business leaders, but wonderful champions for building homes and hope for well-deserving families. Every year I’m amazed at both the great minds and big hearts of capital region home builders. They understand the importance of the sustainable Habitat model and their generosity has helped 19 families in four years and has helped us continue to grow our program.”

Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. When they pay their monthly mortgage payment, Habitat is able to reinvest those funds into building more homes.

Habitat’s home ownership program would not be possible without the support of dedicated donors and volunteers. The sustainable Habitat program is contingent upon forward-thinking community leaders and the participation of the community at large – including donors and volunteers. Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing and is thrilled that local home builders have made Habitat Day in the Capital Region a huge success!

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Historic milestone reached: homeownership becomes a reality for two Métis families at the Elizabeth Métis Settlement

Elizabeth Métis Settlement, Alberta – Two Métis families received keys to their Habitat homes on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement. The families are the first to own their own homes on a Settlement in Alberta. The milestone demonstrates how the commitment of partnerships – private, public and charitable – can work together to achieve greatness.

“Everyone needs an affordable place to live,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I’m especially proud of the forward-thinking leadership of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement and their commitment to making affordable homeownership accessible to their members. Many partners have been involved in making this project successful, and Enbridge has led the way with a significant contribution. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with everyone involved in this ground-breaking initiative.”

“Habitat for Humanity’s ability to bring the right partners together and tailor projects to community needs makes these kinds of achievements possible,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Habitat deserves to be commended for seeking new opportunities for creating more affordable housing, and our government looks forward to continue working with them.”

“The City of Cold Lake is very excited to celebrate this historic occasion alongside the Elizabeth Métis Settlement and Habitat for Humanity,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, City of Cold Lake. “We are excited that these two families will now experience the joy of home ownership and we look forward to seeing many more families becoming home owners on the Settlement.”

“We are honoured to partner with Habitat for Humanity in support of their commitment towards making home ownership a reality,” said Kirk Byrtus, Vice President Pipeline Control, Enbridge. “Congratulations to those families of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement receiving their new homes.”

The Habitat Métis families purchased their homes at market value from Habitat for Humanity, but pay an interest-free mortgage. Their payments are never more than 25 percent of their income. The interest-free mortgage is what makes Habitat homes affordable. Since Habitat homes are paid for up front through financial donations, gift-in-kind construction material and volunteer labour, the families’ mortgage payments are then reinvested into building more Habitat homes on the Settlement. This makes Habitat’s program sustainable.

Habitat for Humanity engages in partnerships in order to build strong, vibrant communities where families have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. Habitat also worked hard to make homeownership on a settlement a reality for Métis families on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat Edmonton launches new website

Wow! We are so glad to finally have a great new website. We trust our new site will be an informative, interactive, user-friendly experience. Check out the “Where We Build” page to find out exactly where we’re building and how you can help us build homes and hope for well-deserving families. If you live in northern Alberta, you can check out our Friends of Habitat Edmonton page, located in the “About Us” drop-down menu.

Our Events page will keep you up to date with a vast array of different events taking place at Habitat Edmonton.

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Thank you for your continued support as we provide a “hand up” to hard-working families in need.