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Livingston Groundbreaking Press Release

Posted by Habitat Admin on Oct 12, 2023 2:47:42 PM


October 12, 2023




Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is excited to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for a new development project in the Northeast Calgary community of Livingston. This project will see the construction of 24 affordable townhomes, providing permanent housing for hard-working local parents and their children. These homes will create a lasting impact on the lives of families in core housing need through affordable home ownership. Working alongside these families, Habitat fosters financial stability and independence. This new development in Livingston will bring together volunteers, Habitat staff, tradespeople, construction workers, and community members alike to complete these homes.

In March 2023, the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada announced an additional $25 million investment to build 500 new affordable homes across Canada over the next three years. This brings the total federal investment in Habitat for Humanity to $80.8 million through the Government of Canada’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund.

“Announcements like today showcase our commitment to working with all levels of government and partners like Habitat for Humanity. This investment will not only provide safe and affordable housing for these hard-working middle-class families but will also help strengthen the city of Calgary by creating a diverse and inclusive community for new homeowners to grow and thrive in. This is a big step forward towards our goal of delivering meaningful results and increased affordability through our government’s National Housing Strategy.” – The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

“Our Government has taken action to ensure Canadians are one step closer to achieving affordable homeownership. I am proud to see our National Housing Strategy supporting our provincial partners and Habitat for Humanity with projects like Livingston 24. We are making a huge difference in the lives of dozens of residents here in Calgary, giving them an opportunity to own a home that meets their needs while living and working in a growing, culturally diverse community. This is just one example of the National Housing Strategy ensuring everyone has a safe place to call home.” – George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview

“This project is the epitome of Habitat’s model. First, we bring together the community to build these homes. We then prepare hard working families to undertake all aspects of home ownership, and lastly, Habitat provides the interest free mortgage that allows these homes to be affordable.” says Gerrad Oishi, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services for the Alberta Government, sent this message to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta: “I want to extend my congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta on the groundbreaking of the Livingston development. With 24 new affordable town homes, more families in Northeast Calgary will be able to access safe, stable housing.  Affordable housing remains a top priority for our government and this project is a great example of how partnerships between the non-profit and private sectors and all orders of government can improve and expand affordable housing for Albertans.”

This new development will increase Habitat’s presence in the community of Livingston as there are currently two duplexes under construction in the Northeast Calgary Community. The 24-townhome complex, and the two duplexes already under construction, are funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, HFHSA, and generous benefactors across the nation including Honda Canada.

For Inquiries please contact:

Joy Harrington

Social Media Marketing Specialist, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta

Jharrington@habitatsouthernab.ca or 587-432-2553

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Shovels ready to break ground in Livingston, Calgary, on a new affordable housing development of 24 townhomes by Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta
George Chalal (middle), MP Calgary Skyview, shares a laugh with Calgary City Coucillor Jasmine Mian (left), and Habitat for Humanity National Board Member Leeland Corbett (right)

From Left - Right: Leeland Corbett (Habitat for Humanity National Board Member), Jasmine Mian (City of Calgary Councilor), Gerrad Oishi, (President & CEO Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta), Nicole (Habitat Homeowner), and George Chalal (MP Calgary Skyview) pose before breaking ground on Livingston 24, Habitat for Humanity's newest development in the Calgary's Northeast Community of Livingston

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Topics: News Release, Event, Groundbreaking