Today at noon, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta broke ground on the second largest development in its history in the community of Pineridge, which, when complete, will be home to 24 local families. The start of this project marks the beginning of a huge coming together of the community, from sponsors and government supporters, to schools and faith groups.
“At Habitat, we aspire for everyone to have a safe, affordable place to live,” said Gerrad Oishi, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. “Part of what makes this aspiration so beautiful is that there’s room for everyone to play a role in helping us achieve it.”
The Habitat homeownership model is a permanent solution to poverty. It’s truly a “hand-up,” not a “hand-out,” as each of these families will contribute 500 volunteer hours of “sweat equity” to the construction of their own homes or to other Habitat projects. Once their homes are complete, they will pay a no down-payment, no-interest mortgage, and their monthly payments will go into a fund that Habitat will use to help build more homes, giving these families a true sense of paying it forward.
Kerry and Randy will be future homeowners in this development in Pineridge. Their family of nine has struggled for years to find a safe place to call home. They’ve been without a place to live three times in the past five years, with landlords looking to sell and booming rates in the rental market, but now, they have nearly completed their 500 sweat equity hours and are eager to move into their new home and find their own ways to give back.
“We want what all parents want for their kids: a sense of community, family and stability,” Randy said. “We are forever grateful for the opportunity to join the team of Habitat and to help someone else achieve their dream of homeownership.”
We were thrilled to celebrate with partner families, sponsors, government officials and other dedicated community members to officially mark the beginning of this project and building homes and building hope in Pineridge.