HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Historic milestone reached: homeownership becomes a reality for two Métis families at the Elizabeth Métis Settlement

Elizabeth Métis Settlement, Alberta – Two Métis families received keys to their Habitat homes on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement. The families are the first to own their own homes on a Settlement in Alberta. The milestone demonstrates how the commitment of partnerships – private, public and charitable – can work together to achieve greatness.

“Everyone needs an affordable place to live,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I’m especially proud of the forward-thinking leadership of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement and their commitment to making affordable homeownership accessible to their members. Many partners have been involved in making this project successful, and Enbridge has led the way with a significant contribution. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with everyone involved in this ground-breaking initiative.”

“Habitat for Humanity’s ability to bring the right partners together and tailor projects to community needs makes these kinds of achievements possible,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Habitat deserves to be commended for seeking new opportunities for creating more affordable housing, and our government looks forward to continue working with them.”

“The City of Cold Lake is very excited to celebrate this historic occasion alongside the Elizabeth Métis Settlement and Habitat for Humanity,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, City of Cold Lake. “We are excited that these two families will now experience the joy of home ownership and we look forward to seeing many more families becoming home owners on the Settlement.”

“We are honoured to partner with Habitat for Humanity in support of their commitment towards making home ownership a reality,” said Kirk Byrtus, Vice President Pipeline Control, Enbridge. “Congratulations to those families of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement receiving their new homes.”

The Habitat Métis families purchased their homes at market value from Habitat for Humanity, but pay an interest-free mortgage. Their payments are never more than 25 percent of their income. The interest-free mortgage is what makes Habitat homes affordable. Since Habitat homes are paid for up front through financial donations, gift-in-kind construction material and volunteer labour, the families’ mortgage payments are then reinvested into building more Habitat homes on the Settlement. This makes Habitat’s program sustainable.

Habitat for Humanity engages in partnerships in order to build strong, vibrant communities where families have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. Habitat also worked hard to make homeownership on a settlement a reality for Métis families on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement.