One of the most ambitious build outs for Habitat for Humanity has been announced for Canada’s 150th birthday next year. 150 homes will be constructed, including 75 here in Metro Edmonton.
Alfred Nikolai, the president and CEO of the Edmonton chapter said 16 will be in Fort Saskatchewan, while 58 will be in what will be known as Carter Place, named after former US President Jimmy Carter who’ll take part in the build.
“He’s 91 years old. He wanted to come to Canada for Canada’s 150th birthday and it was a good fit. So it was his choice,” Nikolai said about his recent trip to Memphis in late August for the Carter Work Project.
Carter has only been in Canada one other time for a Habitat for Humanity project, in Winnipeg in 1993. The Carters are expected to take part in the build in Edmonton July 9 to 12, 2017.
The large cluster of new homes will be in the Laurel neighbourhood in the city’s southeast, off 23rd avenue at 24 street. One other home is still to be announced. It’s being backed by an anonymous donor Nikoai said.
“The citizens of Edmonton have a spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. They’ll roll up their sleeves and they’ll come volunteer, but they’ll also help us raise some money.”
“Each of those families will be paying a mortgage to Habitat for Humanity so that we can build 75 more, and 75 more because we take every cent that they give us, and we reinvest it into the next home.”
The province is providing $4.1 million to help fund the project, while the City of Edmonton is donating land and some logistics with transportation to help with the build Mayor Don Iveson said.