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.