Fairview, AB — Friends of Habitat Edmonton Fairview (FOHEF) committee members and Fairview residents gathered at the future build site on 108th Avenue to officially kick off the Habitat build by turning sod. The project is the first for Habitat for Humanity in Fairview, and everyone is ramping up for an exciting time of volunteerism and community bonding.
“We rely on strong partnerships to support our affordable housing programs, and our government is thrilled to have Friends of Habitat Edmonton Fairview working hard to meet the community’s housing needs,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Habitat for Humanity and the Fairview committee deserve recognition for coming together to strengthen the community and bring home ownership to more Alberta families.”
“The Town of Fairview is delighted and honoured to be chosen for a Habitat for Humanity project. Fairview is famous for its community spirit and ‘can do’ attitude,” said Mayor Gord MacLeod. “We support the concept of helping families break that barrier of adversity with just a little help from their friends, neighbors and community. The home will not be a “handout” – the recipient will need to put in their work, commitment and money, but it will be affordable. As for the volunteers, we have faith in the edict ‘If you building it, they will come.’ Once again, our community is stepping up to the plate to prove that Fairview is a great place to live, work and play.”
FOHEF has been diligently preparing to bring affordable home ownership opportunities to Fairview. The ground breaking denotes the beginning of what will be an exciting opportunity for two local families and for volunteers to join together in the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour. We welcome volunteers from beginners to professional tradespeople.
Habitat for Humanity 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 Fairview, Grande Prairie Catholic School District, Dan and Jeannette McLachlan (who donated the land), and many others are stepping up to make this build a success.
“We’re excited that the Province of Alberta, the Town of Fairview and the citizens have welcomed Habitat with open arms,” said Alfred Nikolai, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Fairview really understands the importance of community, and the committee really reflects that. They are doing an outstanding job laying the foundation for this build. We’re all looking forward to giving deserving Fairview families a hand up into home ownership.”