HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Brookfield Residential donates new home to wonderful family with six boys.

Edmonton, AB – Bashir and Fouzia were grateful to receive a “hand up” from Brookfield Residential as they were presented keys to their beautiful Habitat home in Edmonton’s Edgemont community. The couple will now be able to provide a promising future for themselves and their six sons. The home was pledged by Brookfield Residential during the fourth annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region.

“Bashir, Fouzia and their boys are now able to plan their future instead of just dream about it,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When a generous company like Brookfield commits strengthening the communities where they live and work, it causes a ripple effect that touches many, many people. Others begin to ask themselves, ‘How can we better our community? How can we make it a place where dreams are realized?’ This is the significance of what Brookfield has accomplished.”

The Government of Alberta has supported Habitat’s sustainable program for many years and continues to champion affordable housing across Alberta.

“Making sure families can obtain affordable housing is a top priority for our government, which has proudly supported Habitat for Humanity to build nearly 600 home across the province,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes. “We rely on strong partnerships to support our affordable housing programs, and Habitat for Humanity and Brookfield Residential are to be congratulated for strengthening the Edgemont community and bringing home ownership to this family.”

Brookfield Residential has demonstrated the importance of giving back to the community in a way that will benefit families and communities years down the road.

“Brookfield Residential is honoured to have been part of providing Bashir, Fouzia and their beautiful boys with a new Habitat home. At Brookfield, our company believes in the spirit of community. We are very proud of our employees’ hard work in creating a place for Bashir and Fouzia to raise their family, and lead a happy, healthy life,” said Louise Gibson, Vice President, Operations, Brookfield Residential. “We would like to congratulate everyone involved in this project for making Edmonton one of the best cities to call home.”

Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Brookfield Residential for investing in the lives of families through the Habitat program. Their contribution will provide ongoing stability, equity and hope for a family. Since Habitat homes remain in the affordable housing pool, if a family decides to move on, the house is sold back to Habitat and another well-deserving family will be served. Brookfield’s contribution will serve families for years down the road.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Family home for the holidays thanks to Tristate Signature Homes and Habitat for Humanity!

Leduc, AB – The holiday spirit was in the air as Karen and her two children (Gavin and Danielle) celebrated their new home ownership inside a beautiful home made possible by Tristate Signature Homes. This home ownership opportunity will allow Karen to build equity in her home and allow her children to be rooted in the community of Leduc without any fear of relocation. A promising future is in store and just in time for the Christmas season.

“Handing over keys during the Christmas season is very special to everyone at Habitat and to the family,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Even though the family is paying a mortgage, the home is still a gift in many ways. It’s the gift of healthy pride, stability, equity – but most importantly, it’s the gift of hope. This family now has a bright future ahead of them with many fond memories to be made.”

Habitat relies on partnerships with individuals, corporations and governments to effectively run their affordable home ownership program. The Government of Alberta continues to invest in the future of its citizens by investing in Habitat’s sustainable model.

“Our government is proud to support Habitat for Humanity’s affordable home ownership program as it continues to grow in the City of Leduc and communities all across Alberta,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes. “Habitat for Humanity and its partners deserve recognition for once again coming together to bring home ownership to another family during this special time of the year.”

Tristate Signature Homes joined the Habitat Day in the Capital Region family in 2012 when they announced that they would gift a home to Habitat for Humanity. The generosity of capital region home builders has resulted in pledged homes for 19 families. Tristate’s President Arash Vahdaty knows that this gift is important for families, but also for community and his industry.

“Owning a home is a milestone in many people’s lives which provides a sense of pride and fulfillment. Tristate Homes witnesses this every day, and we hope that everyone who works toward home ownership is able to experience it,” said Arash Vahdaty, President, Tristate Signature Homes. “With the donation of this home, we are emphasizing that even as a smaller builder we can support our community in a big way, and encourage the rest of the home building industry to use their skills and expertise to do the same.”

The Leduc Foundation has supported Habitat initiatives in Leduc over the years and they continue to support Habitat by investing in our program.

“It is with great pleasure that Leduc Foundation is participating in the dedication of this Habitat for Humanity home in the City of Leduc,” said Nancy Laing, Executive Director, Leduc Foundation. “To have a local family provided with the opportunity for home ownership is very exciting. It is all that more meaningful that our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is coming to reality during the year of Leduc Foundation’s 50th Anniversary.”

Habitat is grateful to Tristate Signature Homes, the Government of Alberta and the Leduc Foundation for making this home possible for Karen, Gavin and Danielle.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Successful pilot project brings home ownership to a Métis Settlement – first time in Canadian history.

Elizabeth Métis Settlement, AB – Six families received keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement (EMS), marking the end of a successful pilot project by Habitat for Humanity Edmonton (HFHE) and EMS. In total, eight families have become homeowners – the first time in Canada that homeownership has become available on a Métis settlement. The success is due to the forward-thinking Aboriginal community and their willingness to proactively address local housing needs.

“Habitat is proud of our successful partnership launching the first ever Habitat homeownership program on a settlement with the Elizabeth Métis Settlement,” said Carolyn Graham, Chair, HFHE. “Elizabeth has embraced this first-of-its-kind pilot project and, as a result, eight families now enjoy home ownership on the Settlement. This successful project has the potential to transform how affordable housing is delivered to other settlements.”

The Government of Alberta has supported Habitat’s sustainable program for many years and has been a champion for affordable housing in our province. Habitat continues to work towards housing solutions for Aboriginal communities, and the success of this new pilot project demonstrates the transferability and sustainability of their home ownership model.

“Today is historic day and I congratulate the families and the community on this significant accomplishment,” said Minister of Aboriginal Relations Robin Campbell. “These homes reflect a commitment by Premier Redford to ensure safe, stronger families and communities. Through the Metis Settlements Long-Term Arrangements, we are partnering with Habitat to do similar projects in other Settlements as we continue with our building Alberta Plan.”

“Discussions between the Settlement and Habitat were ongoing for many years with both parties determined to make affordable homeownership a reality for Settlement members,” said Irene Zimmer, Chair, EMS Council. “Habitat and our Council signed the historic partnership in January of 2011, and when the opportunity to build four duplexes arose in the summer of 2012, both parties worked diligently to ensure the project’s success. With eight growing families – a total of 15 adults and 25 children – building equity, we cannot help but be excited.”

The homes at EMS are purchased at market value from HFHE. The families’ mortgage payments are interest-free and are 25 percent of their income, and every mortgage payment is equity in their home. Since Habitat homes are funded up front through financial donations, gifts of building materials and volunteer labour, Habitat is able to reinvest the mortgage payments back into affordable housing on EMS. This model enables Habitat to build more homes on EMS and, for members and the community, this is welcome news.

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HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat Edmonton founder wins prestigious volunteer award

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is proud to announce that Dave Hubert, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Founder and first Executive Director, won a 2013 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award in the senior category. Hubert was one of six winners. He is truly a remarkable and inspiring man. Please see photos below.

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HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat, Lafarge, and Stantec win two Alberta Construction Magazine Awards!

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, Lafarge and Stantec received two Alberta Construction Magazine awards for 2013 for the innovative NetZero Energy Precast Concrete homes built in Edmonton, Alberta.

The first award was Alberta Construction Magazine’s 2013 Top Project Award, Sustainability.

The second award was Alberta Construction Magazine’s 2013 Top Project Award, Project of the Year.

Habitat Edmonton is proud our partnership with Lafarge and Stantec and are honoured to receive rewards! We look forward to continuing to find innovative ways to provide affordable, sustainable housing to well-deserving families.

(To read the Alberta Construction Magazine article, please click here. )

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HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Homeownership becomes a reality for a well-deserving family thanks to Pacesetter Homes in partnership with Qualico

Homeownership becomes a reality for a well-deserving family thanks to Pacesetter Homes in partnership with Qualico.

Stony Plain, AB –It was an unforgettable day for Christian and Karina and their two children Christian (8) and Victoria (1). The family received a new Habitat for Humanity home as the result of a donation from Pacesetter Homes in partnership with Qualico. The home was pledged to Habitat during the Fourth Annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region this past April. Christian and Karina will now be able to raise their children in a stable environment.

“Pacesetter Homes, in partnership with Qualico, have demonstrated how important it is for families to have access to affordable homeownership,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The contribution they’re making is sustainable. It’s an investment that will serve a Stony Plain family many years down the road, and as this family makes mortgage payments, Habitat will use those funds to benefit even more Stony Plain families.”

The Government of Alberta has supported Habitat’s sustainable program for many years and has been a champion for affordable housing in our province.

“We rely on strong partnerships to support our affordable housing programs, and our government is pleased that Habitat for Humanity continues to gather more supporters through special events like Habitat Day in the Capital Region,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Habitat for Humanity and its housing industry partners deserve recognition for coming together to strengthen the community of Stony Plain and bring home ownership to this family.”

As a participant in Habitat Day in the Capital Region, Zan Owsley, Vice President at Pacesetter Homes, was delighted to partner with Habitat to make a home available for Christian, Karina and their children.

“As a leading builder in the greater Edmonton area we feel it is our responsibility to contribute to affordable housing in our communities,” said Zan Owsley, VP at Pacesetter Homes. “Habitat is a wonderful organization for us to do that through because of their great housing program that helps families get into a home that otherwise would not be able to.”

Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Pacesetter Homes and Qualico for investing in the Habitat program. Their contribution will provide ongoing stability, equity and hope for a family. Since Habitat homes remain in the affordable housing pool, if a family decides to move on, the house is sold back to Habitat and another well-deserving family will be served. Pacesetter’s and Qualico’s contribution will serve families for years down the road.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat for Humanity proudly opens new ReStore in West Edmonton!

Edmonton, AB – Habitat for Humanity held a Grand Opening to celebrate their third ReStore in Edmonton. The new store is located at 16811 – 106 Avenue and opens up more shopping opportunity for customers and more room for donated products. The expansion of ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity as they build more homes and serve more families. Proceeds from Restore cover Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s fundraising administration costs so that dollars donated to the charity go directly to building homes and serving families.

“We are proud to open our third ReStore in Edmonton,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We’re so pleased to be able to provide more Edmontonians with an opportunity to find discounted building materials or that special piece of furniture for their home. And we’re pleased that this store will help us serve more and more families in our community.”

ReStore supports the administration costs of Habitat in Edmonton, and it also has a positive impact on the environment. In 2012 alone, the two ReStores in Edmonton diverted 1,200 tons of reusable materials from Edmonton and area landfills. With the addition of a third store, that number is expected to rise significantly in 2013 and beyond.