A new social enterprise was launched Thursday by Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
Habitat Handyman will target an underserved part of the home repair market to build safe, decent, affordable homes for low-income families to purchase in Winnipeg and across Manitoba.
“It is very difficult to get a contractor to quote on small repair and renovation jobs,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO of HFHM.
“We feel that this new service will fill a gap in the renovation market with the margin from this operation contributing to our efforts to help families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill our mission to contribute to healthy communities.”
A lucky Winnipeg family will receive a new home today, built by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba and the Tachane Foundation.
The single mother of three and her children will move into the 864-square-foot bungalow on Laura Street, situated on the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus.
“To see everything coming together, it’s so real. I want to thank everyone who has made this possible for me and my family,” said new homeowner Michelle. “When I became a mother at 15 I didn’t think in 15 years I’d have the opportunity to be a homeowner.”
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.
Staff from Great-West Life will begin a 12-day house build today for Habitat for Humanity just steps away from their corporate offices.
Nearly 200 volunteers will be working at 248 Langside Street until August 30 to create a home for a deserving family.
“Great-West Life is an outstanding supporter,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat Manitoba. “Their commitment to building stronger communities translates to real support for a myriad of communities across the country and we are delighted they are continuing to support Habitat.”
Dedicated Great-West Life employees also joined Habitat Manitoba last month during its annual Blitz Build, raising their collective total to 300 staff volunteering their time at Habitat build sites this year.
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 Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) is building two brand new homes for Habitat for Humanity.
To mark its 75th anniversary, the MHBA will utilize its network of builders, installers and retail suppliers to donate all materials and services, including the required labour force to start building the Habitat homes on Moore Avenue in St. Vital. Construction officially got underway on Friday.
“The MHBA has always supported Habitat through some of its individual members, but having the whole association coordinate this kind of effort and make such a huge undertaking happen is great for us, the future homeowner families, and the community as a whole,” said Sandy Hopkins, Habitat’s CEO.
The two first-time homeowners will help build their own homes under the direction of construction crews to help complete the homes.