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Habitat Family Chosen For Dauphin


The Habitat for Humanity Dauphin Chapter has chosen its partner family for an upcoming build.

Chantel and her three children Alexander ,15, Lucan, 11, and Sequoyia, 10, were accepted in April and are looking forward to breaking ground later this summer.

Habitat for Humanity partners with working, lower income families to help them build and purchase their first energy efficient home through a unique affordable homeownership solution.

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet minimum standards that include,one person in the home having had a full-time job, or the equivalent, for a minimum of two years. They must have children, good credit and be willing to partner in the homeownership process and pay an affordable mortgage.

As a part of the partnership, the family is required to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity helping build their home along with other approved opportunities.

What makes the program affordable are the mortgage terms, which include no down payment and a 15-year, interest free mortgage with payments geared to income. Payments are calculated annually so that families never pay more than 27 per cent of household income on shelter costs.

For the past 10 years, Chantel has worked as a child care provider with the Head Start program, located in the Dauphin Friendship Centre.

“I was shocked and in awe that my family was chosen. I feel that I have been given a chance to create something beautiful for my children, an opportunity for change and growth,” she said. “We are opening up a new chapter in our lives. It is exciting to know we can begin a new journey together by playing an active role in the construction of this home, our home. It is important for my children to have a place to call home. A home filled with love. They deserve to feel safe and secure knowing that this home will belong to us and they will grow up and create wonderful memories.”

The local Habitat chapter is actively looking for a site manager to manage the build. The site manager is responsible for ensuring the construction project is completed on time, by planning, organizing and controlling the project.

Duties include performing on-going quality inspections and supervising sub-contractors and volunteers.

The site manager needs a comprehensive understanding of building practices and must possess the ability to read and understand house plans. They will work together with the Build Committee chairperson or designate.

Interested community members are encouraged to connect with Darren Eddie by emailing dmeddie@mymts.net.

Since its inception in 2011, the Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Dauphin Chapter has worked to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income working families.

As part of the Habitat Manitoba network, the Dauphin Chapter is building strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter for families through the support of community sponsors and volunteers.

Staff Writer