Duck Lake Family Achieves Homeownership
A Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) partner family achieved their dream of homeownership after officially receiving keys to their new home at a presentation held in Duck Lake today.
The province, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), contributed $65,000 to help build the home, located at 360 – 5th Street. The home is a three-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,000 square feet or 93 square metres across the main floor, and has a partially developed basement. This is the third home in Duck Lake that was built in partnership with labour support from Correctional Service Canada (CORCAN), where inmates of the Willow Cree Healing Lodge construct the home onsite. Other homes built by CORCAN are constructed at the Riverbend Institution and transported to the community.
“Our government is pleased to help another Habitat partner family reach their dream of homeownership,” Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch said on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer. “Community partnerships such as Habitat for Humanity work to further our government’s commitment to provide safe and affordable housing to Saskatchewan residents. Together, we can keep Saskatchewan strong.”
“Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert and our Duck Lake chapter are elated to celebrate yet another Habitat home dedication in Duck Lake and a young family who are proud to call Saskatchewan home,” Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert Executive Director Jan Adamson said. “Habitat would like to thank the efforts of Corrections Canada and the Willow Cree Healing Lodge, where we support vocational training and a true community partnership. We also hold a great deal of gratitude to the province and Saskatchewan Housing Corporation for their generous donation to our program. This build has also been supported by Aboriginal housing grant, Habitat National – Gift in Kind, Conexus Credit Union and the Town of Duck Lake.”
Since 2009, the province has committed funding of $7.85 million to Habitat. The organization has received funding approval for 134 homes in 13 communities across the province. Of these, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation has invested a total of $240,000 in funding for four homes, either completed or under construction, in Duck Lake.
Habitat’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing, and to achieve their homeownership goals. Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home, or other Habitat homes. Habitat is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The organization mobilizes volunteers and partners to build homes that provide families of low-income with access to affordable homeownership.
To learn more about Habitat and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
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