Dignitaries, families and community members gathered in Regina Tuesday afternoon for a celebration of the partnerships and organizations that have joined forces to make Haultain Crossing a reality.
Dozens of people packed into Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters in the provincial capital to listen to speeches and praise the accomplishments of the massive multi-unit housing project.
Angela Stulberg was one of the speakers during Tuesday’s event. Stulberg and her three sons Zeke, Evander and Everett are a partner family with Habitat For Humanity, meaning she does sweat equity for the non-profit organization, which counts towards a down payment for a home they can move into this November.
She said this means opportunity means the world to her family to have their own place to call home.
“We’ll have stability, they’ll have a community of friends and other families,” explained Stulberg. “It gives us a strong community support and other kids my kids’ ages so they can play and grow up together.”
The federal, provincial and municipal governments are investing a combined $1.8 million to create six affordable housing units in Saskatchewan. $675,000 of that money is going towards Haultain Crossing.
The development will house over 50 families once its complete. “They can’t wait to move in and spend our first Christmas there,” added Stulberg.
One of the dignitaries who was on hand for the event was Paul Merriman, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.
He said he and the provincial government are pleased to be part of a project that benefits many families.
“They’ll have a safe place to call home, they have neighbours in similar situations whether they are new Canadians or they have something they have been struggling with in their past,” stated Merriman.
“But more than anything, this is something we should be doing as a government.”
Habitat for Humanity says once the 62-unit development has been completed, it will house approximately 250 people, including over 150 children.
Haultain Crossing is the largest Habitat for Humanity development in Saskatchewan and the second largest in Canada.