Whitecourt, AB — Two local families received keys to their newly built Habitat for Humanity homes in Whitecourt. For the families, home ownership means stability. Each family will be rooted in their new neighbourhood and begin to build equity in their home through an interest-free mortgage (with payments that never exceed 25 percent of their household income). The duplex was constructed by the Friends of Habitat Edmonton – Whitecourt (FOHEW) committee and Whitecourt volunteers, and under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.
“The community of Whitecourt holds a special spot in our hearts since they are Habitat Edmonton’s first ever Friend community,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are constantly amazed by the generosity, dedication, spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour of the communities we serve. Whitecourt has demonstrated over the course of the Habitat builds in 2009 and 2013, and I have no doubt that it will happen during the next build.”
Since 2005, the Government of Alberta has supported Habitat’s sustainable program and has been a champion for affordable housing in communities across our province.
“It is projects like this that help to build stronger communities through the generosity and goodwill of everyone involved,” said George VanderBurg, MLA for Whitecourt – Ste. Anne. “I am very proud of our community’s commitment to this important cause.”
Under the leadership of Mayor Trevor Thain, the Town of Whitecourt has been instrumental in helping Habitat acquire land for both Habitat builds.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is how active Whitecourt residents are when it comes to volunteering within the community. Habitat for Humanity projects are excellent examples of how residents and local businesses come together to make our community the best place to live, work and play,” said Whitecourt Mayor Trevor Thain. “Our community consists of young, hardworking families; many with young children. Habitat for Humanity is extremely supportive of this demographic, and as such our community’s partnership with this organization is ongoing.”
Habitat is grateful to the FOHEW committee for their dedication and passion for serving families. Habitat also recognizes the key roles that the Government of Alberta, Town of Whitecourt, Polar Ray-O-Max Windows, and Penn West Petroleum Inc. have played in making affordable home ownership a reality through the Habitat program. Habitat families certainly thrive in their new homes, and our program continues to grow as we serve an increasing number of families.