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Habitat for Humanity Castlegar build enters home stretch

Habitat for Humanity Southeast British Columbia says it’s entering the final phases of its four-family affordable home build project in Castlegar.

Located at 560-8th St., completion of the homes is expected sometime near the end of May with occupancy soon after.

“As the project nears its completion, our search for eligible partner families continues,” said
executive director Elaine Pura in a news release.

“These affordable homes are being built for families with moderate incomes who have had a difficult time saving to own a home of their own.”

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Selected families are provided with zero down payment geared to income mortgage, which helps to make homeownership a reality. As part of their Habitat partnership, each family must complete 500 volunteer service hours in the community.

Habitat for Humanity will be holding two information sessions on Tuesday, March 28 at the
Sandman Inn in Castlegar. These sessions are open to the public and will speak directly to
those interested in becoming a Habitat partner family and even help them to start the
application process.

The sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Columbia room at the Sandman Inn.

“We encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming a new homeowner and
have thought it to be unattainable to come by and sit in on one of the sessions,” Pura said.

“I think many might be surprised that they could very well qualify as a Habitat partner family.”

The four-family, ultra energy efficient build project consists of two three-bedroom homes and two two-bedroom homes, one of which is designed as an accessible unit for people with mobility issues.

For those unable to attend the information sessions, you can find all the information at the
Habitat for Humanity website.

The campaign to raise money to support the project continues.

“We are still looking for donations to help us finish the build,” Pura said. “In particular, we are offering team build opportunities where businesses, community clubs, and other organizations can make a donation and have a team on-site to actually contribute to the construction of the homes.”

For more information on donating or organizing a team build activity, call 250-777-8677.

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