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Habitat gets 800K to build more homes

Provincial funding will help build 16 units in Winnipeg

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New provincial funding will help build more affordable homes for Manitobans who might otherwise struggle with a mortgage.

Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross recently announced that the St. Boniface-based Habitat for Humanity Manitoba will receive more than $800,000 in provincial funding for various building projects.

The funding will be used for the construction of 16 affordable housing units in Winnipeg, which will be sold to low- to moderate-income families. The homes will be located at Fernbank Avenue and Main Street in the Riverbend area (10 units), McCalman Avenue (two units), Union Avenue and Riverton Avenue in Elmwood, as well as Langside Street in West Broadway and Ashburn Street in the West End.

"Habitat for Humanity is a special organization that makes families’ dreams of having their own home come true," Irvin-Ross said in a news release.

"Our government is committed to affordable housing investments and we are proud to support Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to provide home ownership opportunities for select families throughout Manitoba."

With the help of volunteer labour, cash and material donations, Habitat builds and rehabilitates safe and affordable houses, which are then sold to families for no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages.

To date, Manitoba Housing’s partnership with Habitat has resulted in the development of 116 new affordable housing units with a total provincial contribution of approximately $5.5 million.

The total includes 100 units in Winnipeg and 16 in rural communities, officials say.

To learn more about Habitat, visit www.habitat.mb.ca

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