Rosenort Habitat project seeks partner family
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Plans are in place for a brand new Habitat for Humanity build in Rosenort.
There’s just one issue: the organization has been unable to find a family to fill that home.
Michelle Pereira, COO of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, said they’ve been quietly recruiting since October without success.
That’s never been an issue in Winnipeg, where the bulk of their Manitoba builds occur.
“It’s more common in the rural areas,” Pereira said.
While Rosenort is not home to a Habitat for Humanity chapter, this build came about thanks to an initiative by K-Tec Earthmovers Inc., a Rosenort business that builds land scrapers both in Rosenort and at the newly purchased Ashland Industries in Wisconsin.
K-Tec has decided to wholly pay for the Habitat build, which typically costs about $200,000.
That makes a family crucial for the project to move ahead.
Pereira said many people don’t realize they may qualify.
Currently, families with a total taxable income of below $84,000 could qualify. That amount does not include funds received from the child tax benefit.
Families that qualify could include a single parent family or a two-parent family.
Applicants must have a full-time job or equivalent for at least two years, must have children, good credit, and be willing to partner in the home ownership process and pay an affordable mortgage. There is no down payment and the mortgage is interest-free for 15 years. They must also contribute 500 hours of sweat equity.
To have one company decide to pay for a build is a unique circumstance, eliminating the need for fundraising for the project.
But paying for the facility is a team effort involving K-Tec, their employees, suppliers, and dealers.
Company president Mike Palitsky said they were looking for a large project that would reflect the company’s values.
“One of our pillars here is social responsibility and we are very focused,” he said, explaining they pledge to support family in everything they do.
“This is definitely a big undertaking for us.”
K-Tec will build a scraper which will include Habitat for Humanity decaling and will be signed by employees who work on it.
It will be built using parts donated by suppliers and will be auctioned off to dealers. The proceeds will pay for the build.
K-Tec’s scrapers are sold around the world. Depending on size, they sell for $150,000 to $300,000 each.
“We’re expecting this could be $250,000 to $300,000 in terms of the actual influx,” Palitsky said.
After the idea was approved by K-Tec’s executive and leadership team, Palitsky said the response from employees, suppliers, and dealers was heartwarming as they lined up to help.
“It’s been awesome,” he said. “It makes me proud of the whole undertaking. I can’t actually wait until I see the results of it, the family move in.”
Palitsky, who’s had a place on the Habitat for Humanity Manitoba board for the last two years, said it was made easier given that Habitat for Humanity is a household name.
K-Tec has helped in other ways as well, sponsoring Habitat for Humanity during a CJOB telethon last fall.
The scraper will be fit into production this spring, and construction of the home is planned to begin this summer. It’s a project the 150 Rosenort employees can get behind.
“I think this is going to be awesome,” Palitsky said. “We’re just very excited (about) how this plays into everything we believe in. It’s an awesome feeling to be helping somebody.”
K-Tec employs over 200 people at their Manitoba and Wisconsin locations. The scrapers they manufacture are sold around the world.
Potential Habitat families are urged to apply to see if they qualify. Email Carmen Fredborg, manager of family selection and support, at email@example.com. More information about the home ownership program can be found at habitat.mb.ca.