CALGARY, AB, Oct. 12, 2023 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and Habitat for Humanity are providing a combined investment of over $1.5 million to create new affordable homes in Northeast Calgary. The homes are part of Livingston 24, a project developed by Habitat Southern Alberta, a townhome complex which will provide homes for a total of 24 Habitat partner families upon completion by 2025.
The announcement today was made by George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, alongside Gerrad Oishi, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, Lee Corbett, Habitat Canada Board member & Board Chair for Habitat Southern Alberta, and Jasmine Mian, City Councillor, Ward 3 at the project site 14661 1st Street NE, Calgary.
The homes will be located in an established, family-friendly community of Northeast Calgary with access to major roadways, public transportation, schools and services. Each unit measures 1200 sq. ft and features an open-concept kitchen and living spaces with energy-efficient appliances. The units are designated for eligible Habitat families in the Calgary community, with 6 of these units allocated for Black Canadian families.
Funding provided for this project is as follows:
The Habitat for Humanity model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people who face barriers to homeownership and would not otherwise qualify for a traditional mortgage. Local Habitat for Humanity organizations in every province and territory across Canada help build and rehabilitate decent and affordable homes, from single-family houses to multi-unit developments. With the help of volunteers and donors, Habitat helps families build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage geared to their income. Safe, decent and affordable homeownership plays a critical role in helping families build a foundation for a life with better choices and more opportunities.
"Announcements like today showcase our commitment to working with all levels of government and partners like Habitat for Humanity. This investment will not only provide safe and affordable housing for these hard-working middle-class families but will also help strengthen the city of Calgary by creating a diverse and inclusive community for new homeowners to grow and thrive in. This is a big step forward towards our goal of delivering meaningful results and increased affordability through our government's National Housing Strategy." ? The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
"Our Government has taken action to ensure Canadians are one step closer to achieving affordable homeownership. I am proud to see our National Housing Strategy supporting our provincial partners and Habitat for Humanity with projects like Livingston 24. We are making a huge difference in the lives of dozens of residents here in Calgary, giving them an opportunity to own a home that meets their needs while living and working in a growing, culturally diverse community. This is just one example of the National Housing Strategy ensuring everyone has a safe place to call home. - George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview
"I want to extend my congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta on the groundbreaking of the Livingston development. With 24 new affordable town homes, more families in Northeast Calgary will be able to access safe, stable housing. This project is a great example of how partnerships between the non-profit and private sectors and all orders of government can improve and expand affordable housing for Albertans." ? Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services
"This project is the epitome of Habitat's model. First, we bring together the community to build these homes. We then prepare hard working families to undertake all aspects of home ownership, and lastly, Habitat provides the interest free mortgage that allows these homes to be affordable." - Gerrad Oishi, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.
"Habitat for Humanity Canada believes everyone should have a decent and affordable place to call home. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and Black Families Funding stream, we are able to help more families access safe and affordable housing, including those who face racial barriers to homeownership." ? Julia Deans, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
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