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Habitat for Humanity passes on the keys

By News Dec 6, 2023 | 4:41 PM

Kayla B and her family stand before their new home thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity (Supplied Photo)

Habitat for Humanity has marked the completion of its 34th home build in the city, by handing the keys over to the owners of its newest build.

Chief Executive Officer Lana Vukelic says the organization has always given a hand up to those struggling for home ownership, now more than ever.

“Its so difficult to get financing, the interest rates, all of those things that prohibit the average family from being able to get to home ownership.”

According to Vukelic a total of 37 families in the city have been assisted by Habitat for Humanity over the years, making an average of almost one home per year through dedicated volunteer work and support from qualified electrical and plumbing organizations.

But the work isn’t over, with one project 60 percent complete and the selection process for another family and build now underway for 2024.

Vukelic stresses there is a misconception over those who end up securing a home through the organization.

“We offer mortgages to the low income families, interest free and down payment free, and they build equity into their homes which is part of why their life is being transformed.”

Challenges in building the homes also continue to rise, with the cost of materials, and even sourcing them can be difficult.

Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity is graced with strong donors who help support those costs through the donation of various building materials and products.