January 07, 2016

Duck Lake Family's Homeownership Dreams Come True

A Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) partner family in Duck Lake will soon have a place to call home.

The province, through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, provided $65,000 in funding to help acquire and renovate the home.  Located at 200 – 2nd Street, the home was purchased as a duplex and is currently being renovated into a single-family, three-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,000 square feet (93 square metres) in size.  Additional support was provided by the Tachane Foundation.  Habitat and the Stobart Community School have partnered together to engage and train Duck Lake students in various construction trades through the renovation of the home.

“Our government is proud to support Habitat and its partners to help another Saskatchewan family achieve stability through homeownership,” Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch said on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and build a better community.  This keeps our province strong and moving forward.”

“Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert and our Duck Lake chapter are very excited to have begun this project for our recipient family,” Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert Executive Director Jan Adamson said.  “Of the family selected for this home, one parent is currently studying to obtain her nursing degree, and the other is working with Stobart Community School of Prairie Spirit School Division.  With the support of the Province, local high school students are receiving vocational training in carpentry, a community has banded together to create a new home in their neighborhood, and a young, hardworking family will have a place to grow and thrive.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The province has commitment $7.85 million in funding in Habitat for Humanity projects since March 2009.  This funding supports builds in 13 communities across the province including Duck Lake, Fort Qu’Appelle, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, the Battleford region, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn and Yorkton.

When the province first funded Habitat, the funding provided was $50,000 per home.  In March 2014 the province increased the amount of funding by $15,000 to a total of $65,000 per home.

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 for Humanity 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 for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.