On the heels of National Housing Day, Habitat Red Deer is announcing project funding benefiting two Central Alberta families at the Aspen Lakes affordable housing project in Blackfalds.
The funding is part of a $32.4 million partnership between CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing) and Habitat for Humanity Canada and is expected to create up to 414 new homes across the country.
Habitat officials note that across the country there are currently 50 projects underway featuring 178 affordable housing units have been built or are underway, meaning 178 families have, or will soon, realize their dream of homeownership.
“With the difficult year we’ve all had, it’s comforting to know we can close out 2020 with this exciting announcement, and make affordable homeownership a reality for two more families we serve,” says Karen Vavrek, CEO of Habitat Red Deer. “Our Blackfalds project will be home to four families, and this funding will directly support the construction costs for two of those units, one of them being an accessible home,” she adds. “Having a stable home has become the first line of defense in the fight against COVID-19. Without a safe and secure place to live, it’s incredibly hard to function day to day. We couldn’t be happier for our families.”
Officials point out that Habitat for Humanity homes will be energy-efficient and one in every five homes will be built to meet accessibility standards.
Contributions from CMHC, provincial and municipal governments and hundreds of donors and volunteers enable Habitat for Humanity Canada to serve vulnerable populations including single mothers and their children, Indigenous peoples, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, seniors and veterans.