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.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat partners again with Metis Capital Housing Corporation to bring homeownership opportunities to Aboriginal families.

Edmonton, AB — Enbridge proudly presented house keys to Eunice and her children: Cassy, Taylor, Kenidy and Danette, the proud recipients of the newest Habitat home in Edmonton’s Beverly community. The home was a renovation project in partnership with the Métis Capital Housing Corporation, and is one of five homes currently being renovated for local Métis families. Each Métis family will become homeowners through Habitat’s affordable home ownership program.

“Habitat relies on the generosity of partners like Métis Capital Housing Corporation and Enbridge,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “This project and partnership has been such a tremendous success and I see it carrying forward for many years to come.”

“This is a partnership that provides an exceptional opportunity to our clients to move forward into homeownership,” said Darlene Lennie, Executive Director, Métis Capital Housing Corporation. “Affordable housing needs several options to be successful and this is one way to achieve that.”

The Government of Alberta has contributed $60,178 to the Habitat Beverly project through the 2011/12 Housing Capital Initiatives Request for Proposals program.

“It’s gratifying to see the completion of this worthwhile project,” said Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “The demand for affordable family housing has grown as our province’s population increases. The Government of Alberta is proud to partner once again with Habitat for Humanity as they deliver long-term and sustainable housing to a well-deserving family.”

As lead supporter of the newly renovated Habitat home in Beverly, Enbridge was on hand to present a key to the deserving family.

“At Enbridge we are committed to investing in initiatives that help strengthen and empower Aboriginal communities,” said Leon Zupan, Chief Operating Officer, Liquid Pipelines. “This partnership with Habitat for Humanity provides immediate and tangible community benefits through the provision of safe and affordable housing. I am excited and honored to be present as home ownership becomes a reality for this deserving family.”

Eunice and her family will pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. She and her children invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” as the down payment for their home – this is why the Habitat program is a “hand up,” not a handout.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Slave Lake Habitat Build receives a hand up from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Slave Lake, AB — The community of Slave Lake hosted special guests from Toronto as 35 representatives from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment donned hard hats and work boots to build homes and hope for hard working families. Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment proudly presented a donation to the President of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, Alfred Nikolai. The gift was presented on behalf of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and generous sponsor and donors from Toronto, Ontario. All the funds will support the first ever Habitat for Humanity homes in Slave Lake.

“We are delighted and thrilled to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity once again and especially for our first Canadian mission build,” said Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Seeing the damage caused by the fires in Slave Lake and the floods in Calgary affected all Canadians and we are glad to help in a small way but with great spirit. God bless all of the impacted families.”

Habitat is currently building two single family homes with plans to build eight more homes in the future. Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. However, these home ownership opportunities are not possible without the support of dedicated volunteers and donors. Habitat relies on volunteers and partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing and is thrilled that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and other generous donors are stepping up to make the Slave Lake build successful.

“The community of Slave Lake has captured the hearts Canadians across the country,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are privileged to help this incredible community in their rebuilding process and to host such a generous group of volunteers on our site.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: For the fifth consecutive year, Philanthropist Reza Nasseri of Landmark Group supports a deserving family.

Edmonton, AB — For the fifth time in five years, the incredibly generous Landmark Group will support an incredibly fortunate and wonderful family. Dorota and her three children will own a townhome that is nestled in the beautiful community of Charlesworth in south Edmonton. Nasseri and Landmark Group donated the home to Habitat during the fifth Habitat Day in the Capital Region on April 24, 2014.

“It has been five years since we started this special partnership with Habitat for Humanity and today we are very proud to present keys to another Edmonton family,” said Reza Nasseri, President & CEO, Landmark Group of Builders. “Our core business is building homes, but with Habitat we are able to build hope, now with five families who might not have had the fortune to afford their own home. Landmark is committed to meeting housing needs at every income level. We are so proud to be partners with an organization that truly is changing lives of families and children in our community.”

Habitat homes are made possible by donors, volunteers and innovative partnerships. The Government of Alberta is a key partner of Habitat and has been a tremendous supporter of their sustainable home ownership program. Their support allows Habitat to provide more and more opportunities to hard working families.

“The success of our affordable housing programs depends on strong partnerships, and we appreciate the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and home builders to gather more support through local events like Habitat Day in the Capital Region,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “Habitat for Humanity and Landmark Group also deserve our recognition for their continued collaboration to strengthen the community and bring home ownership to more Alberta families.”

“Reza Nasseri and Landmark Group have been exceptional partners to Habitat,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Reza played an integral role in spearheading Habitat Day in the Capital Region in 2010. His efforts have resulted in other home builders coming on board to help families. Since 2010, 24 families have been served. Reza and Landmark had a big part to play in this success.”

Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing. We also rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers who work hand-in-hand with us to build our homes. Habitat 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 – this is why we call our program a “hand up,” not a handout.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Handyman Challenge a success – bidding on auction items opens on June 19th.

Hinton, AB – Hinton’s Handyman Challenge was a great success as teams built auction items for Habitat’s work in Hinton. What did they build?

  • Man Shed with electricity (opening bid set at $2,500)
  • Dog House with Chain Link Fence (opening bid set at $800)
  • Crooked Playhouse (opening bid set at $1,900)
  • Garden Arbor (opening bid set at $1,800)
  • Pagoda with Swing (opening bid set at $2,300)

All items are on display and can be bid on at Green Square just EAST of Chamber of Commerce Tourist Centre. You can also call (780) 865-7000 to place a bid. All proceeds go to Habitat’s work in Hinton.

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HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat kicks off first ever build in Slave Lake!

Slave Lake, AB — Friends of Habitat Edmonton Slave Lake (FOHES) committee members, dignitaries and Slave Lake residents gathered at the future build site on 10 Avenue S.E. to officially kick off the first ever Habitat build in Slave Lake. This build will provide two hard working families with the opportunity for a promising future.

“Through strong partnerships, our government is committed to providing affordable housing to all Albertans, and we are delighted to see Habitat for Humanity expand its program to Slave Lake,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “We are proud to support the work of Habitat for Humanity and the Slave Lake committee in their united effort to meet the community’s housing needs and look forward to many more builds in the future.”

“Our community is extremely grateful for Habitat for Humanity identifying Slave Lake as an area in need,” said Mayor Tyler Warman. “Slave Lake has suffered from housing shortages for some time and this was compounded by the effects of the fire in 2011. A healthy community needs a variation of housing options and the help from Habitat for Humanity and its partners and volunteers will work towards filling a gap that currently exists.”

FOHE-Slave Lake has been diligently preparing to bring more affordable home ownership opportunities to Slave Lake. The Kick Off Celebration denotes the beginning of an exciting opportunity for two local families and for volunteers to join together in the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour. Habitat welcomes volunteers from beginners to professional tradespeople.

“The Slave Lake Habitat for Humanity committee is excited to start a new venture in this growing community in helping two families get started with a new life, said Tom Moore, Project Leader, FOHES.”

Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. 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 and is thrilled that the Province of Alberta and many others are stepping up to make this build a success.

“It is very meaningful for us to be building in Slave Lake,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “This community is incredible and we’re privileged to be small part of rebuilding the town. It won’t be long before the build site is abuzz with volunteers – demonstrating the true meaning of neighbour helping neighbour.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Family of seven opens door to their new home and future.

Edmonton, AB — One year after an incredibly moving sod-turning ceremony, Billy, Siobhan and their five children held the keys to their Habitat home for the first time. The single family home in Edmonton’s Rutherford community will be a haven for the family to make memories, build relationships and experience the stability of affordable homeownership.

“Key presentations are by far the most inspiring part of the Habitat experience,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When you see the family’s faces as they tightly grasp their new key, you know that the moment is monumental for them. We couldn’t be happier to share this special moment with Billy, Siobhan and their children – they have a special place in the hearts of our staff and volunteers. We are so proud that they are now homeowners and part of the larger Habitat family.”

Home ownership opportunities do not just happen – there are many hands involved in a successful Habitat build. Volunteers and community partners are at the forefront of our team. Since 2005, the Government of Alberta has been a community partner committed to supporting Habitat’s sustainable program.

“Our government is committed to affordable housing for families as part of the Building Alberta Plan, and is proud to have supported this Habitat for Humanity project in the Rutherford community,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “Finding quality, affordable housing is especially challenging for large families, and we appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s continuous work with its partners to build spacious, comfortable homes for Albertans in need.”

This beautiful home for Billy, Siobhan and family was made possible by the generosity of the Delcon Group, a longtime supporter of Habitat’s work. Delcon took the lead role on the project, which has been named the “Delcon Build” in their honour.

“Delcon Development Group is excited to be part of the dedication ceremony today,” said Bill Winter, VP of Commercial Development. “Last summer we turned the sod with this lovely family and to see the joy in their faces as they received their keys today just solidifies why our company believes in the importance of supporting the Habitat program. Five young children will now stay rooted in their community and, as a company that believes in community, we are just thrilled to have helped make this build possible.”

Habitat 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: Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for second time in Hinton!

Hinton, AB — Friends of Habitat Edmonton Hinton (FOHEF) committee members and Hinton residents gathered at the future build site on Boutin Avenue to officially kick off the Habitat build by turning sod. This second Habitat build in Hinton will provide four families with the opportunity for a better life.

“Our government is committed to providing affordable housing to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “We are proud to support the work of Habitat for Humanity and the Hinton committee in their united effort to meet the community’s housing needs and bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

“Habitat for Humanity provides housing choice for residents in our community, as a possible first step for families to enter into home ownership,” Mayor Rob Mackin stated. “Hinton is a diverse community that works and builds together—and for me, this spirit is reflected in the time and effort that has gone into the Habitat homes in our town.”

FOHE-Hinton has been diligently preparing to bring more affordable home ownership opportunities to Hinton. The ground breaking denotes the beginning of what will be an exciting opportunity for four local families and for volunteers to join together in the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour. bHabitat welcomes volunteers from beginners to professional tradespeople.

“The local Habitat committee is very excited that we’re building again in Hinton,” said Bill Bulger, Project Leader, FOHEH. “Volunteers are ready to get started with building homes for two families. Our greatest joy will be to give them keys to their own homes.”

Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. 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 and is thrilled that the Province of Alberta, Town of Hinton and many others are stepping up to make this build a success.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago that Habitat was in Hinton breaking ground for the first time,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO. “We are very proud to be working alongside the local Habitat committee as they bring lasting change to local families. We look forward to the day when construction begins, but more importantly, to the day when the four families open the doors to their homes for the first time.”

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

Calgary, AB – A wonderful time of Yahooin’ and cowboy hats added a splendid touch to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s national Annual General Meeting, May 21-24. It was a great time for affiliate learning and networking as we all rallied together about the cause closest to our hearts – affordable home ownership.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is excited to announce that our affiliate received three awards thanks to the efforts of volunteers, donors, partner families and staff.

1) Outstanding International Contribution Award (Large Urban 541K+). This award recognizes an affiliate that goes above and beyond in their involvement in the International and Global Village programs.

2) Marketing and Communications Award. This award recognizes affiliates for their Marketing & Communications initiatives and accomplishments, strategic messaging, creativity, and exceptional results.

3) Safety, Health & Environment Award. This award recognizes affiliates for their commitment to going above and beyond to ensure that the work and volunteer environment is safe and healthy.