Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta has stepped away from its plan to build a duplex in Drumheller. Habitat has channeled the assets of that project back to the community where they can be utilized more effectively.
Habitat supports the efforts of the Town of Drumheller to achieve a better understanding of the municipality’s affordable housing needs. An affordable housing strategy will inform how Habitat can best contribute to meeting Drumheller’s needs in the future.
In 2016, a local Drumheller committee of volunteers was brought together to work with Habitat towards the construction of a duplex on a parcel of land on Poplar Street which had been generously donated to Habitat for Humanity by the late Albert Clark.
At that time, it was thought this project would meet a need in the community, and provide an opportunity for two families to purchase starter homes through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program.
Unfortunately, this plan could not be realized. It became apparent by mid-2018 that the economics of rental versus purchase in Drumheller had changed for local families.
Habitat does not give its homes away, it sells them to working families with a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage. Unfortunately, few local families were in a position to benefit from Habitat’s program.
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta has reached an arrangement with the Town of Drumheller to donate the land on Poplar Street to the municipality for an appropriate beneficial community use to be determined by Council.
The local committee succeeded in raising $85,000 towards the cost of construction. Habitat has been in contact with the donors and sponsors and made appropriate arrangements according to their wishes. Some funds have been returned, others have been reallocated to other Habitat projects.
If you are a Drumheller resident who made a contribution to this project and you wish to find out what has been done with your donation, you are invited to contact us.
Staff from Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta have offered to collaborate with the Town on future affordable housing projects where appropriate.