News Release - November 5, 2010
SASKATOON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RECEIVES $100,000 FROM PROVINCE
A Habitat for Humanity partner family realized their dream of homeownership at a key ceremony held in Saskatoon today. The two-unit affordable housing project received $100,000 in funding from the province through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC).
Construction of the duplex, located at 222 and 224 Avenue V South in Saskatoon, was undertaken by Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon and students in the High School Carpentry Apprentice Program (HCAP), which is currently run out of Mount Royal Collegiate.
"Our government is pleased to support Habitat for Humanity's outstanding efforts to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for Saskatchewan families in need and change their lives for the better," Saskatoon Sutherland MLA Joceline Schriemer said on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude. "This is truly a concrete expression of caring for two families in need of a home, and a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn about the residential construction industry."
"Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon is really excited about the dedication of this home and the others that will follow, thanks to the Government of Saskatchewan, our donors and volunteers and particularly the students of the Saskatoon Public School's HCAP program," Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon Executive Director Barb Cox-Lloyd said. "We believe that involving students in building homes for low-income working families provides them with an understanding of residential construction while giving them an opportunity to build a stronger community."
"The Saskatoon Public School Division and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program are proud to be associated with our partners," Mount Royal Collegiate HCAP teacher and Journeyman Carpenter Don McDonald said. "We recognize the benefits for our students as they become good tradespeople and good citizens. The interest of students is also growing and HCAP is expanding in Saskatoon each year. From all HCAP students past and present, we congratulate Habitat for Humanity and the families as they move into their future."
The funding is part of the $1 million investment announced by the province on April 1 to assist Habitat for Humanity's Saskatchewan affiliates in providing 20 homes for lower-income Saskatchewan families in housing need. This funding is on top of the $1 million that was announced by the Province in March 2009. As of October 2010, the province has committed $1.4 million of the $2 million grant funding available to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the province to assist in the delivery of 28 homes.
Each selected Habitat partner family contributes 500 partnering hours to build their home and other Habitat for Humanity homes. This assists in the development of the Habitat for Humanity community and their neighbourhood.
Mount Royal Collegiate sponsors the High School Carpentry Program. The program gives students the opportunity to bank hours toward a Journeyperson's status in the carpentry trade. Student apprentices learn about concrete foundation formation, concrete finishing, framing, roofing, plumbing, tile setting, carpentry, electrical, dry walling, plastering, insulating, glass working, painting and landscaping. Students who complete both the hours on the work site and the theory work have the opportunity to write the first level exam for apprenticeship.
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