Af­ford­able hous­ing project opens in Bowness

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CAL­GAR­Y­SUN

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity added to the stock of af­ford­able hous­ing in Cal­gary with the re­cent open­ing of a four­plex in the north­west com­mu­nity of Bowness.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, along with spon­sors, donors, com­mu­nity part­ners and vol­un­teers, as well as fu­ture home­own­ers of the project, gath­ered at a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony on Oct. 19.

“To­day is a cel­e­bra­tion of what a com­mu­nity of car­ing peo­ple can do to help oth­ers find a path to this enor­mously pow­er­ful place we call home,” said Laura Dickson, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South­ern Al­berta’s di­rec­tor of fam­i­lies and vol­un­teers. “Home­own­er­ship is the sta­bil­ity upon which fam­i­lies build hope and op­ti­mism about the fu­ture, and a home is a phys­i­cal space to per­son­al­ize, to build and nur­ture pride about.”

In ad­di­tion to many of the project’s spon­sors, donors and vol­un­teers, the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has been a sig­nif­i­cant sup­porter of these homes in Bowness, with Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Joe Ceci in at­ten­dance at the ded­i­ca­tion.

“Af­ford­able home­own­er­ship builds long-term sta­bil­ity and in­de­pen­dence, em­pow­er­ing fam­i­lies to in­vest in their fu­tures, and cre­at­ing last­ing ben­e­fits for their chil­dren,” said Ceci. “Each fam­ily has worked to build their home and will be able to pur­chase it with an af­ford­able mort­gage re­quir­ing no down­pay­ment, in­ter­est-free, and with monthly pay­ments set to their in­come level.”

The com­ple­tion of the Bowness four­plex was sup­ported by fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions from nu­mer­ous spon­sors, donors and com­mu­nity part­ners, in­clud­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta, the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Cal­gary, the CREB® Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, the Al­berta Real Es­tate Foun­da­tion, the Prosser Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion and the In­ter­faith Build Project.

In ad­di­tion to fi­nan­cial sup­port, many trades­peo­ple, con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers stepped for­ward to of­fer do­na­tions of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and ex­pert labour, along with more than 10,000 vol­un­teer hours.

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