Federal and Provincial Governments Support Habitat for Humanity Project in Estevan
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are working with Habitat for Humanity and its partners to help Saskatchewan people in greatest housing need and to strengthen communities.
Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Member of the Legislative Assembly for Estevan Lori Carr, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, City of Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig, and Habitat for Humanity Regina (Habitat) Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns, celebrated the opening of a new Habitat for Humanity home for a local family in the community of Estevan.
“There is a great deal of work and co-operation that takes place during Habitat for Humanity builds, such as this one,” said Goodale. “Our government is proud to be a partner. The investments in these new homes will make a real difference in the lives of two families, a place they can proudly call their own.”
“A home creates a lasting impact for families and communities,” Carr said. “This house, and the work that created it, reflects the belief of Habitat and its partners that no one can do this alone. Our government is pleased to work with Habitat to make homeownership a reality for low-income Saskatchewan families, and to continue to keep Saskatchewan strong.”
“Shelter is one of our basic needs, yet many of us take it for granted,” Ludwig said. “We are proud of the work that Estevan Habitat for Humanity along with our community volunteers have accomplished. I would also like to thank our federal and provincial counterparts for their generous contributions to help make this project possible.”
“We are so excited to welcome our first Habitat Estevan homeowners into our family today,” Holmes-Binns said. “The Habitat for Humanity Regina affiliate has now built 20 homes in five communities outside of Regina and we’re so proud to celebrate with Habitat Estevan as they successfully complete their first home. The issue of affordable housing exists in all communities and we will continue to encourage a hand up with homeownership throughout Southern Saskatchewan. Thank you to the sponsors, donors, individuals, volunteers and Habitat Estevan Chapter who have made this dream a reality.”
- The Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $50,000 to build the home through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- Located at 410 Sillers Street, the project is a two-bedroom raised bungalow. The square footage of the home will total approximately 1,400 square feet or 130 square metres.
- The province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.85 million since March 2009. Of this amount, the federal and provincial governments have invested $2 million, thanks to the Social Infrastructure Fund, under the two most recent agreements between Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.
- This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
- Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. The family purchases their home at fair market value, paying an interest-free, zero down-payment mortgage set at 25 per cent of their annual gross income. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.