New Minas donates land to Habitat for Humanity

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By Kirk Starratt

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

NovaNewsNow.com

 

It’s a donation that will keep giving back to the community.

Habitat for Humanity Annapolis Valley volunteers were on hand at the Louis Millett Community Complex Nov. 13 to officially accept the deed to a parcel of land donated by the Village of New Minas and to thank the village for the contribution.

Village Commission Chairman Dave Chaulk said they decided to partner with Habitat for Humanity on the charitable organization’s next build after receiving a request for land. The commission turned the request over to staff to see if there was a parcel suitable for a building project. When the opportunity presented itself, Chaulk said the village commission jumped at it.

“We should be thanking you. We’re very proud to be a part of this,” Chaulk told local Habitat for Humanity volunteers gathered for the ceremony.

He said the village commission had a good appreciation for what the charitable organization does, considering a village employee was one of the people who moved into the Annapolis Valley group’s first project, a duplex in Wolfville in December 2011. The Annapolis Valley project steering committee chairwoman, Lynn Spencer, also works for the village.

Habitat for Humanity administrator and fundraising chairwoman Belinda Manning said more than one family will benefit from the four-acre parcel off Milne Avenue.

“This will give us quite an opportunity,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity fundraises for building projects and volunteers carry out construction. Houses are sold to selected families through interest-free mortgages based on 30 per cent of the family income. The money collected through mortgages goes toward future building projects, helping the work of Habitat to become self-perpetuating and self-sustaining.

They raised $182,000 for their first project, the Wolfville duplex, and built the home on donated land. Manning said procuring land is the most difficult aspect for Habitat for Humanity.

“We can’t say thank you enough to the village for stepping up,” she said.

Manning said this is big for the charitable organization and the community in general, as there are a lot of positive economic spinoffs to building homes. Habitat builds houses for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a mortgage and this helps give the family more dispensable income.

Manning said there’s nothing like a dedication ceremony once a project is brought to fruition. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers and they’re taking applications from families.

To fill out a volunteer application or to apply for a Habitat for Humanity home, visit www.habitatav.com. For more information, e-mail habitat.av@gmail.com.

 

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Did you know?

 

-       The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to mobilize volunteers, including community partners, in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty.

-       Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide charity spanning 100 countries. The organization has built more than 350,000 homes, including 1,800 in 200 different communities across Canada.

-       In 2009, Habitat for Humanity established a project in the Annapolis Valley. The first build was completed in Dec. 2011, a duplex in Wolfville.

-       Two families selected by the Habitat for Humanity family selection committee now own the homes. Each family invested 500 hours of work in the construction.

-       Since the establishment of Habitat for Humanity in Nova Scotia in 1992, there have been 29 homes built in the Halifax Regional Municipality, providing housing for more than 130 people.

 

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