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Habitat welcomes big cheque

Habitat welcomes big cheque

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast (HFHSC) has received $100,000 from BC Housing.

The money, to be used in the building of affordable homes on the Sunshine Coast for families, comes from a new, “$50,000 per door” grant that BC Housing offers to approved affordable-housing projects. HFHSC recently completed two affordable housing units and is about to break ground on two more units.

“We will use every penny of the $100,000 to continue to build homes at the Sunshine Coast Village for our waiting families,” said Laurie Vance, Chair of Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast. Two new families are preparing to move into their new homes at the Sunshine Coast Village in Wilson Creek in the next few months, “but applications are coming in from more and more struggling families who could really use a hand up. The affordable housing we provide is one of the best ways to support families and build strong, healthy communities,” said Vance.

Today more than ever, affordable housing is of vital importance, not only for the Sunshine Coast but throughout the province, said Habitat For Humanity Sunshine Coast executive director Cori Lynn Germiquet.  “We are grateful that our provincial leadership has decided to invest in affordable housing in our rural area, as it will enable us to continue to build ‘forever homes’ for young, working families on the coast.”

With the goal of providing affordable, suitable and adequate housing for British Columbians, BC Housing carries out various housing initiatives and housing programs. This new “$50,000 a door” partnership is intended to facilitate the creation of affordable homes for British Columbian families with low to moderate incomes.

“On behalf of everyone at Habitat, we are very grateful to our many partners for working with us,” said Germiquet. “Welcoming BC Housing as a partner opens many doors in reaching our goal of building safe, decent and affordable housing for families in need.”

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