Families will be celebrating the holidays from the warmth of their Habitat homes.
LEDUC, ALBERTA. Families in Leduc have a lot to celebrate this holiday season, as they recently became owners of newly constructed Habitat for Humanity homes. With a 30-year legacy of serving families across northern Alberta, Habitat Edmonton has now helped over 775 families find strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The four homes completed in Leduc resulted from Habitat’s partnership with the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Government of Alberta, City of Leduc, Qualico, and Pacesetter Homes. Of the four families receiving Habitat homes, two are currently living in their homes and two will be signing mortgages over the coming weeks.
“We’re so happy for our families,” said Dr. Ann-Marie Reddy, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The holiday season is the perfect time to establish new family traditions and to experience the peace that the season can offer. Our families can set aside worries about rent increases, and focus on making memories. I’m certain they will remember this holiday season for a long time to come!”
As part of the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy, CMHC has invested $260,000 into the four homes in Leduc, bringing them one-step closer to creating 414 new homes for families across Canada.
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. “Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity to make a real difference in the lives of these four families here in Leduc, and for families throughout Canada. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”
The Government of Alberta has been a strong proponent of affordable housing and Habitat Homeownership in communities across the province. Their contribution of $400,000 of provincial grant funding towards the project in Leduc has helped to ensure that local families will prosper.
“My sincere thanks and congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton for making the dream of affordable homeownership a reality for two Leduc families,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “This project is a great example of how partnerships between the non-profit sector, private sector and all orders of government can address the diverse housing needs of Albertans now, and in the future.”
Habitat projects are only successful because of community support. The City of Leduc has supported a number of Habitat projects in the community, and has made it possible for Habitat to acquire the land for the four homes recently constructed in Leduc.
“We are grateful for the time, effort and tremendous collaboration that has gone into the construction of these four new houses, and we gladly welcome the new friends and neighbours who will call them home,” said Mayor Bob Young, City of Leduc. “Each of them will make their own distinct mark on our community, and will contribute significantly to Leduc’s vision of building a great life, a caring community, and a thriving region.”
Habitat partnered with Qualico and Pacesetter Homes to construct the homes for our homeowners. Both Qualico and Pacesetter have been long-time supporters of Habitat’s charitable work in the capital region.
“Habitat brings an element of inclusiveness to our communities we as a builder developers don’t necessarily have the ability to do,” said Sandra Young, VP, Qualico. “Their programs help people go from renting to the dream of homeownership in a way that would not happen under any other conventional means.”
Habitat Homeownership is open to families who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, have at least one child under the age of 18 residing at home, have a good credit score, and a household income between $35,000 and $65,000 per year. No cash down payment is required for the home. Homeowners gain access to capped market appreciation with no exposure to market depreciation, pay affordable monthly payments based on 50 percent of the value of the home, and are building equity with each payment.
About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, visit HFH.org.
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