COLD LAKE, ALBERTA (Feb. 20, 2018) – A local family of four received keys to their newly built Habitat for Humanity home in Cold Lake. The local Habitat committee has worked tirelessly to prepare the home for Jumboy, Jennifer, and their two children.
Andrea Sandmaier, Project Co-Leader, expressed the committee’s enthusiasm:
“The Cold Lake Habitat for Humanity committee is extremely excited to be handing over the keys to a well deserving family. This house was built with love, laughs and hundreds of volunteer hours, which we are so thankful for. We are all very honoured to be a part of such a meaningful initiative in Cold Lake.”
Support from the Government of Alberta has been strong for many years.
“Our government is proud to contribute to this important project that is making life better for Albertans,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s belief that everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and staff who contributed to this transformative initiative- and to the families who are starting a new life today, welcome home.”
The City of Cold Lake has been a tremendous support to Habitat since the charity began serving families in 2013.
“Affordable housing solutions are a big challenge in smaller, rural centers,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, City of Cold Lake. “Habitat for Humanity has been a key supporter as our city council has worked to help encourage a mix of housing options for people of all income levels. Access to affordable housing is a key component to the livability of any community and Habitat for Humanity has helped us take a big step towards our goal of meeting the housing needs in Cold Lake.”
The Cold Lake build came under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.
“We are so blessed to have such an incredible group of volunteers in Cold Lake,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO. “The committee has built a home where Jumboy, Jennifer and their children have a firm foundation, and they have the stability of an affordable mortgage for an affordable home.”
Habitat families purchase the home from Habitat with a down payment of 500 sweat equity hours. They pay an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of the family’s gross household income.