By Sarah Klein
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity have returned to Winnipeg’s Riverbend suburb to perform a six-day building blitz.
A continuation of last year, where 10 homes were built at the Fernbank and Main location, eight homes will be worked on this year as HFHM crews work and guide the many returning volunteers as well as numerous first-timers.
Four side-by-side units will be built before Habitat construction crews and trades people take over to complete the homes.
The properties will exceed the Power Smart Gold standard and feature similar energy-efficient traits as last year’s homes.
“The energy and water efficiency of all these homes not only makes them environmentally friendly but also more affordable by reducing the daily living costs for our low-income working families,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
Habitat families are able to pay full market value for their homes due to the Habitat business model that requires no down payment while including interest-free mortgages. Monthly payments are set at 25 percent of a family’s income.