Fam­i­lies get fresh start

Du­plexes built through Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

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Four fam­i­lies were given a fresh start at a new Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South­ern Al­berta project in north­west Cal­gary.

Th­ese fam­i­lies moved into du­plexes in Evanston, which is a sub­di­vi­sion mas­ter-planned by Qual­ico Com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cated off Symons Val­ley Road. Qual­ico is also a ti­tle spon­sor for the project.

The du­plexes have two sides, each with its own en­trance. Each home is about 1,030 square feet and has three bed­rooms and one-and-a-half bath­rooms.

“With the cost of rental prop­er­ties go­ing up, we feel blessed to have been able to pur­chase an af­ford­able home,” says Tim, one of the home­own­ers, in a news re­lease.

He moved in with his wife Aileen and their two sons, who are six and eight years old. Tim works full-time as an alumni min­is­ter co-or­di­na­tor and Aileen is a part-time as­sis­tant ac­coun­tant.

“It was truly hum­bling to meet other vol­un­teers dur­ing the build who worked so hard so that we could have a home,” says Tim. The other own­ers in­clude three fam­i­lies of five peo­ple each.

To qual­ify as an owner at a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity project, each fam­ily has to put in 500 hours of vol­un­teer labour on the con­struc­tion of their home.

“Putting fam­i­lies into a po­si­tion where they can thrive is one of the main rea­sons why Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South­ern Al­berta builds af­ford­able homes for low-in­come work­ing fam­i­lies,” says Leslie Ta­m­agi, pres­i­dent and CEO of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South­ern Al­berta, in a news re­lease.

“The ded­i­ca­tion of all our part­ners and vol­un­teers for this build has in­sured that four lo­cal fam­i­lies now have a safe and de­cent place to live; gain­ing sta­bil­ity, and se­cu­rity for their chil­dren they never thought pos­si­ble.”

Con­struc­tion on the du­plexes started in 2012.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South­ern Al­berta

One of two new du­plexes by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity in Evanston.

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