Habitat for Humanity expects to have all 16 Fort families in their homes by next September.
The project began over the summer as part of Canada’s 150th Habitat for Humanities, 34th Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project, which involved building 150 homes across Canada.
There are 16 homes being built in Fort Saskatchewan on Canyon Road, with the first six families obtaining keys to their new homes on Thursday, (December 14).
“We’re just ecstatic that we’re able to help six families before Christmas,” said Alfred Nikolai, Habitat for Humanity spokesperson.
To date, 14 of the 16 duplexes have roofs and furnaces, which helps keep volunteers warm while they work.
“We’re painting and doing finish work in most of those homes, so if we get volunteers to come in January, February and March, we’ll be helping families basically every month,” Nikolai noted.
The build site averages more than 20 volunteers per day, which Nikolai described as very gratifying because “the need for affordable housing in communities like Fort Saskatchewan is still enormous.”
Everyone should be in their homes by next September and the budget for each home is roughly $300,000.
Those wishing to volunteer in the new year can apply on the Habitat for Humanities website.
The key ceremony starts at 11 a.m. on Thursday, (December 14.) The public is welcome.