In about four months this duplex in La Broquerie will be become home to two single-parent families from Steinbach.
By Marianne Curtis
In about three months two excited families will be moving into new homes thanks to months of hard work by volunteers through Habitat for Humanity.
According to Harry Friesen, Director for Habitat Southeast Chapter at this time drywall is being completed on the two homes and families have been given a target move-in date for early February. Construction on the duplex located on HabsBay in La Broquerie began during in during the summer.
Friesen says they are grateful to businesses and the community for the support towards the project. To date, $63,880 in contributions of cash or gifts in kind has been received. Manitoba Lotteries is expected to match these donations up to $60,000 for the two homes. At the lock-up stage Manitoba Housing will contribute $64,600 also for the two homes. These contributions total $188,480 for this project, which has a proposed budget of $250,000.
Friesen says projects of this type can only move forward when people give of their time, talent and donations.
“Many people have been involved in family selection, daily job site coordination, book keeping and overall planning,” Friesen continued. “Volunteers have participated in work days and project fund-raisers. Time has been sacrificed to make this happen and I thank each one who has contributed towards such a positive achievement.”
After a lengthy screening process Veronica Banos and Maria Unrau and their families were chosen as the new owners. As part of the agreement, each family must put in 300 hours working on their own home.
The Habitat for Humanity Southeast Chapter is already looking towards their next build project. Two new habitat homes are expected to be built in Richer beginning in June 2013.