Edmonton, AB — Supporter signs lined the development as Habitat for Humanity Edmonton officially kicked off construction at Neufeld Landing, Habitat Edmonton’s largest development to date. Sixty-four families will be at home in the development once construction has been completed. Neufeld Landing is the largest Habitat build in Canadian history. The build is named in honour of Don Neufeld, a Habitat Edmonton volunteer who has contributed more than 15,000 hours since 1993.
“Having Neufeld Landing named after me is very humbling, but I hope that it motivates my family, friends and others to also be involved in helping others and giving back to their community,” said Don Neufeld. “The kick off ceremony today is truly heartwarming for both me and my family! I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity because I know I’m making a difference and I can use my skills to help Habitat in many capacities.”
It takes thousands of volunteers and community partners to make Neufeld Landing a reality. The Government of Alberta has been an instrumental supporter of Habitat for many years through affordable housing grants.
“Our government is committed to affordable housing for families and is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this monumental project,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Helping 64 families become homeowners is an invaluable investment, and we commend Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and the private sector for their collaboration and hard work on Neufeld Landing.”
Under the leadership of Mayor Stephen Mandel, the City of Edmonton has made access to affordable housing a priority. The City has been a tremendous supporter of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton through the City of Edmonton’s Cornerstones program, which made the land purchase possible through a $2 million contribution.
“The City of Edmonton continues to see the positive impact of our successful Cornerstones program in quality projects like Neufeld Landing,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “We’re pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton once again, and we share their commitment to creating affordable housing for those who need it most.”
Initiatives like Neufeld Landing are not possible without generous hearts and strategic partnerships. Habitat for Humanity continues to work towards building communities through affordable home ownership. Families in Neufeld Landing will complete 500 hours of sweat equity as the down payment for their home. The Habitat program is a “hand up” not a handout – families pay an interest-free mortgage, and payments are never more than 25 percent of the family’s household income.
“We are incredibly blessed to live in a generous and caring community,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The support we’ve been shown is absolutely humbling. Habitat thanks all the individuals, corporations, community and faith groups and organizations who have stepped up to make Neufeld Landing a reality. The truth is that we simply cannot build homes and hope without community support and partnerships. Our community has made all this possible.”