About the Homes

Habitat for Humanity offers low-income working families a hand up, not a hand out!

Habitat Red Deer does not give away free houses, but promotes affordable homeownership by working in partnership with families. We build new homes with volunteer labor and community support with contributions of donated materials and funds. The homes are then sold to the selected family at the appraised value upon completion.

The family enters a no down-payment, no-interest affordable mortgage with Habitat Red Deer, with payments set at approximately 25% of the family’s gross income. The mortgages have some special terms, such as requiring that the homeowners remain the principal occupants of the home and keep it in proper repair. Homeowners may sell the home back to Habitat at any time if they choose to move out, and a new family is then selected to purchase the home.

About the Homes

Home sizes and styles vary, but typically are as follows:

  • 1000-1200 square feet for a 3-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house
  • Unfinished basement
  • Multi-family (duplex, triplex, etc.)

Habitat Red Deer provides the following with the home:

  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Sod in front yard
  • Seed in back yard

The homeowner must provide their own:

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Fencing
  • Additional landscaping

The homeowner is also responsible for the payment of property taxes, home insurance, maintenance and repairs, and all costs associated with owning and operating a home.

Where We Build

Habitat Red Deer has built 42 homes throughout Central Alberta. To date, we have built homes in Three Hills, Delburne, Lacombe, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Blackfalds and continue to work towards building additional homes in several other communities.