By Sarah Klein
The keys to a brand new Habitat for Humanity home will be turned over to a deserving family on Friday.
A Philippine immigrant working as a health care aide is the recipient of the home, along with her two children, through the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Legacy Build Program.
Merlinda (no last name provided) is presently living in a tiny one bedroom apartment, where the family makes use of a couch and a bunk bed for sleeping arrangements. The apartment has had issues with bedbugs in the past so the landlord sprays the complex periodically. The spray triggers the boys’ asthma, which makes it very uncomfortable for them to be at home.
The home is located on Fernbank Street in north Winnipeg.
“This home is an example of a successful partnership that has been influential in stopping the cycle of poverty. Homeowners not only put their sweat equity into the building of their home, but they also play a key role in sustaining the Legacy Build fund through their mortgage payments, which are reinvested to build more homes for other eligible families,” said Sandy Hopkins, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba CEO.