Edmonton, AB — Habitat for Humanity supporters and a well-deserving Edmonton family celebrated as a backhoe turned the soil for their new Habitat for Humanity home in Edmonton’s Rutherford community. Billy, Siobhan and their five children simultaneously used ceremonial shovels to officially kick off the construction of their new home.
“Habitat is all about serving families. Yes, we build houses, but our real focus is providing families with an opportunity to provide a bright future for their children,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When families have a safe decent place to live, they thrive. They move from living from paycheque to paycheque to building equity.”
Habitat relies on the goodwill of volunteers and community partners. The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity over the years.
“Finding quality, affordable housing is especially challenging for large families,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “We truly appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s continuous efforts to find housing solutions so that a spacious, comfortable home can be built for this family.”
Habitat is also thrilled that Delcon Group has made this opportunity available for Billy, Siobhan, and their children through a generous donation.
“Delcon Group is pleased to provide a ‘hand up’ to a local family through Habitat for Humanity,” said Bill Winter, Vice President, Delcon Group. “We are grateful to participate in this build by providing the lot for a beautiful home to be built by volunteers, and we’re excited that this deserving family will be able to set roots in the Rutherford community.”
Habitat for Humanity 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. 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.