Families get fresh start
Duplexes built through Habitat for Humanity
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.
One of two new duplexes by Habitat for Humanity in Evanston.