The sod has been turned at the latest phase of Haultain crossing; a project by Habitat for Humanity.
This time, 11 families will have access to affordable housing through an interest-free mortgage with Habitat for Humanity that does not require a down payment.
Future Habitat for Humanity resident Kirstin Ellis said she and her family will finally get to own a home.
“It’s super exciting we’re going to be moving into a new home and not renting, and it’ll be ours, and we’re just super excited.”
Habitat for Humanity CEO Kelly Holmes-Binns said owning a Habitat home is a great opportunity for the families involved.
“It’s a chance for a new start, it’s a chance to build stability and independence, and opportunity for their families,” Holmes-Binns said. “Being in a Habitat home reduces reliance on social services, and food banks, and it supports the health and education of the children in the home.”
Holmes-Binns said they utilize the TASCAP program, which allows grade 11 and 12 students to earn high school credits to build the homes.
“They learn the construction trade, and they’re treated like construction staff who are expected to show up on time, work in a safe way, and produce a home.”
The construction is scheduled to be completed by November of 2019.
Once the homes are completed, there will be 17 more homes left to build in the 62-home Haultain Crossing development.