September 27, 2017

Two Prince Albert Families Receive Keys to Safe, Affordable Homes

Two Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) partner families celebrate becoming new homeowners after receiving keys to their homes at a special dedication ceremony held in Prince Albert today.

The province, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), contributed $148,000 ($65,000 per home plus $18,000 from the Summit Action Fund (SAF) to help support the projects located at 452 - 19th Street East and 842 16th Street West.

“We commend the work of Habitat for Humanity throughout the province to help families establish roots in communities through the ownership of a safe, quality home to create memories in,” Prince Albert Carlton MLA Joe Hargrave said on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Paul Merriman.  “This is an important component of our vision to keep Saskatchewan strong and moving forward,”

“It is inspiring to see so many organizations and people coming together to make home ownership a reality for these two families,” Executive Director of Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity John van Leeuwen said.  “Providing these homes will help them break the cycle of poverty.  With the support we received through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Carlton Comprehensive, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and all the private donors and contractors and volunteers who contributed, we were able to build two quality homes that will serve the families for years to come.”

The home at 452 19th Street East is a four-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,000 square feet (93 square metres) with a partially completed basement.

It was built through a partnership between Habitat and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute (Polytech) in Prince Albert.  This partnership educates carpentry students in applied education while supporting affordable homeownership options in Prince Albert.  Habitat supplies the materials and students provide construction labour.

The home located at 842 - 16th Street West is a four-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,000 square feet (93 square metres) with a developed basement.

The home was built in partnership with Carleton Comprehensive High School (CCHS) in Prince Albert.  Similar to the Polytech build, the labour is provided by the students through applied education with worksite supervision. Habitat supplies building materials.