HfH Edmonton’s Blog: It’s Ho-Ho-Home for the holidays for nine families in the largest Habitat build in Canadian history.

Edmonton, Alberta – Nine families and a large contingent of guests braved the elements to proudly receive keys to their new Habitat homes at Neufeld Landing, the largest Habitat build in Canadian history, located in Edmonton’s Rutherford community. The families will all be neighbours in a nine-plex, a first build of its kind for Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton. The new homeowners will join the 16 families who moved into their Neufeld Landing homes in September. The development has 39 homes in various stages of construction yet to be completed.

The Government of Alberta continues to help Habitat address the need for affordable homeownership in the Province through continued support of the Habitat program.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing affordable housing options to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors. “We’re proud to support Habitat for Humanity Edmonton in their continued efforts to bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

“Habitat is extremely proud of our Neufeld Landing build,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Our many donors and volunteers have made this vision a reality. We’re so pleased that another nine families will get a ‘hand up’ into ownership of a modest home with an affordable, interest-free mortgage.”

The major supporters of these nine homes are the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton Cornerstones, ATB Financial, CGC, ENMAX, Dulux Paints, End of the Roll, Genstar Development Company, Qualico and Scotiabank.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Stony Plain family will be home for the holidays in home made possible by Sterling Homes and Habitat for Humanity.

Stony Plain, Alberta – Sterling Homes in partnership with Qualico took the lead role in providing a home to Habitat for Humanity for a Stony Plain family in need of affordable homeownership. Sterling Homes pledged to donate the home to Habitat during the 4th Annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region, and it is the third home donated to Habitat by a Qualico company.

Miles Kohan, VP, Sterling Homes, said, “Sterling Homes is thrilled to be presenting our second key to a well deserving family. Habitat for Humanity is truly a hand up not a hand out and all of us at Sterling and Qualico value our partnership with this charity. It is making a great impact on the affordable housing crisis in our communities. We understand that home ownership makes a huge impact on families giving a healthy sense of pride that spills into their communities. Sterling and Qualico are very pleased with our dedicated staff who are involved with Habitat’s team building initiatives, giving them an opportunity to work on site with habitat’s construction team as they build new dreams.”

The Government of Alberta continues to help Habitat address the need for affordable homeownership in the Province through continued support of the Habitat program.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing affordable housing options to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors. “We’re proud to support Habitat for Humanity Edmonton in their continued efforts to bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, says, “The stability that the Habitat program offers to families is transformational. Amanda and Sean and Devin will notice a big change once they move into their beautiful home and get set up. Their monthly mortgage payments will be less than their rent, and every payment is equity for their family. The Habitat home ownership model works well, and will enable them to get back on their feet again.”

The “hand up” by Habitat for Humanity allows partner families to build equity in a home and to discover the sense of stability in living arrangements and conditions. The interest-free mortgage payments never exceed 25 percent of the families’ household income, which means more disposable income to spend on necessities and activities for the family. A requirement of the Habitat program is that families spend 500 hours of “sweat equity” into building their own home, the homes of their neighbours, or working in Habitat ReStores.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat Day co-founder, Christenson Developments, hands over keys to a family for the fifth time in as many years.

Stony Plain, Alberta – A Stony Plain family received keys to a new Habitat home from Christenson Developments. The home builder pledged to provide a home to Habitat for Humanity during Habitat Day in the Capital Region this past April. Christenson Developments was one of three home builder companies who spearheaded the Habitat Day program back in 2010. The Stony Plain home is the fifth home they have donated in as many years.

“Christenson Developments is very proud to continue our company’s legacy of giving by donating a home to Habitat for Humanity for the fifth time in as many years,” said Peter Dirksen, VP, Christenson Developments. “We are so pleased that another hard working Edmonton family will benefit from affordable home ownership. It is truly a delight to present a family with a key and know that the future looks brighter because of programs like Habitat for Humanity.”

The Government of Alberta continues to help Habitat address the need for affordable homeownership in the Province through continued support of the Habitat program.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing affordable housing options to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors. “We’re proud to support Habitat for Humanity Edmonton in their continued efforts to bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

“The Habitat program simply changes the trajectory of families’ lives,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Our capital region citizens should be very proud to live in communities where business leaders are proactively addressing housing issues and making change possible.”

Habitat families partner with Habitat by committing to work 500 hours as the down payment for their home. Once families move in to their new home, they pay interest-free mortgage payments that are never more than 25 percent of their household income. This allows them to build equity with every payment and to allocate funds to enriching their children’s lives and providing a solid foundation for the future.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Dolce Vita Homes in partnership with Beaverbrook Developments donates home to Habitat for Humanity for second consecutive year.

Spruce Grove, Alberta – For the second year in a row, Dolce Vita Homes in partnership with Beaverbrook Developments has made homeownership possible for a deserving family. Last year they donated a home in Leduc and this year the home is nestled in Spruce Grove. The home was pledged during the 5th Annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region this past April, when five home builders announced they would each donate a home to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“Habitat for Humanity represents a great opportunity for Dolce Vita Homes to give back to the community in which we work and live in,” said Stewart McAndrews, President, Dolce Vita Homes. “It makes the Dolce Vita family of employees, contractors and suppliers extremely proud because the program represents so many of the same family values that we believe in like stability, pride of ownership, security and strength of family. If, as a homebuilder, we can help to contribute to the growth of these values, then we not only feel obligated but honored to help the deserving families. The Habitat for Humanity model is sustainable and will help families grow economically, socially and academically for years to come. It’s a great program that touches all involved in a positive meaningful way.”

Sustainable, affordable housing is a priority for the Government of Alberta, who supports Habitat for Humanity, whose affordable home ownership model has proved to work across the province.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing affordable housing options to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors. “We’re proud to support Habitat for Humanity Edmonton in their continued efforts to bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

“Dolce Vita Homes and Beaverbrook Developments have been tremendous supporters of Habitat’s work in our capital region,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Over the past two years they have helped two families break the cycle of renting. As these families pay their interest-free mortgage back to Habitat, the funds will be used to build more homes in Leduc and Spruce Grove. This gift will continue to help families for many, many years to come.”

Making the transition from renting to home ownership will be a great opportunity for Landon and her son. “This is a great opportunity for us, as a full time working mom this is finally our chance to get a manageable step up and help volunteer for others in the same circumstance,” said Landon. “I’m looking forward to moving into this new home to have something stable for my son.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat International surpasses ONE MILLION FAMILIES served worldwide!

Habitat for Humanity has served over 1 million families (representing 5 million people) across the world. Please CLICK HERE for press release from Habitat for Humanity International!

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Kikino Metis Settlement Partnership

Historic sustainable housing partnership between Habitat for Humanity, Alberta and Kikino Metis Settlement.

Edmonton, Alberta – Habitat for Humanity, the Government of Alberta and the Kikino Metis Settlement had reason to be excited as they signed the M.O.U. to kick off the Habitat build with Associate Minister David Dorward on hand to announce the project. The Sustainable Housing Partnership will help families become homeowners on the Kikino Metis Settlement through Habitat for Humanity’s affordable home ownership program. Habitat’s program empowers qualified families to build equity in their own home through an interest-free mortgage in which payments are never more than 25 percent of their household income. Habitat staff, local volunteers and partner families have begun the construction of two duplexes at the Kikino Metis Settlement.

The Government of Alberta has witnessed the reliability and sustainability of Habitat’s program for many, many years and has seen the success of a pilot home ownership project for eight families on the Elizabeth Metis Settlement. The Government will support pilot by partnering with the Metis Settlements General Council and Habitat for Humanity.

“I was very pleased to be here today to celebrate the important partnership between Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and Kikino Metis Settlement,” said David Dorward, Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations. “Our government is pleased to help support projects like this through our Long Term Arrangements with Metis Settlements, to help build affordable and sustainable housing for families in these unique communities.”

The Metis Settlements General Council is confident that the Sustainable Housing Partnership will be successful and will make a tremendous difference for families living at the Kikino Metis Settlement. The Council is committed to improving their members’ access to affordable home ownership, and the success of the Habitat program on the Elizabeth Metis Settlement demonstrated that the Sustainable Housing Partnership is a step in the right direction.

“Safety and security starts at home,” said Stan Delorme, Vice-President, Metis Settlements General Council. “Providing safe, secure and affordable housing for Settlement Members is a fundamental part of creating long term sustainability in the Metis Settlements.”

“Habitat for Humanity was thrilled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kikino Metis Settlement,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I’m so pleased that four families will have the opportunity to build equity in their own home and future on the Settlement.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Second Successful Partnership

Aboriginal families receive keys as Habitat and Métis Capital Housing Corporation complete second successful partnership.

Edmonton, AB — Three Métis families are entering a new phase of life thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the Métis Capital Housing Corporation. The families are first-time homeowners, and have 10 children between them. Habitat volunteers and staff had worked diligently to renovate the families’ beautiful homes in Edmonton’s Londonderry and Calder communities.

“Housing is so vital to every human being on the planet, and it’s even more important that it is affordable,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “These three families have transitioned from renting to building equity in their homes and contributing to the tax base. They are building a strong foundation for their future and the future of the community at large.”

These homes mark the completion of a second successful project in partnership between Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Métis Capital Housing Corporation. In 2011, the two organizations embarked on a pilot project of five homes and, as of today, completed a total of 10 homes rebuilt or renovated for Métis families.

“The Métis Capital Housing Corporation is proud of the partnership with Habitat that provides home ownership opportunity to low and modest income Metis families,” said Darlene Lennie, CEO, Métis Capital Housing Corporation. “It’s a win-win for both organizations!”

The Government of Alberta continues to support the role that Habitat for Humanity plays in bringing affordable home ownership to communities.

“The Government of Alberta is pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity and help provide safe, affordable places to live,” said Jeff Johnson, Alberta Seniors Minister. “There is a direct link between housing stability and a person’s health and well-being. Having homes of their own will help these families thrive.”

The advantage to owning a Habitat home is that families pay an interest-free mortgage and their payments never exceed 25 percent of their income. As their down payment, each family must contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” by working on building their home or the homes of their neighbours. Every payment made by these families will be used to build more Habitat homes.