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Habitat plans to build another home

Habitat for Humanity is planning its next home for a struggling family in Campbell River.

It’s been more than two years since the group built its first property in the River City and now Habitat for Humanity is in the beginning stages of organizing a second build.

But first it needs a good piece of land.

“Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North would like to extend an invitation for the City of Campbell River to partner with us once again to build safe, decent, affordable homes for the families we both serve,” said Jenna Nichol, chairman of the Campbell River site selection committee for Habitat for Humanity.

The non-profit housing program is dedicated to the elimination of poverty by building homes in partnership with families in need. The purpose of Habitat for Humanity is to provide simple, decent, affordable housing to those who would not qualify for or be able to afford a conventional mortgage.

Two Campbell River families have already benefited from Habitat for Humanity. In spring of 2009, roughly 400 volunteers helped build a duplex on Maple Street. Both families own their section of the duplex and pay property taxes.

Habitat is eager to continue building in Campbell River.

Nichol hopes the city can  provide a suitable piece of property.

“It must be residential, safe for young families, zoned for a duplex or multifamily residence, inside the city grid for water and sewer, close to bus routes, schools and other amenities, environmentally safe and sustainable, and have no need for any extraordinary leveling,” Nichol said. “It is our hope that the City of Campbell River would consider providing an appropriate piece of property for us to continue to build affordable housing in this community.”

Habitat for Humanity already has plans to build several new homes in the Courtenay area in spring 2012 on property purchased on Piercy Road.

Habitat for Humanity selects families for homes based on the adequacy of a family’s current home and a family’s income. To apply for housing, visit www.habitatnorthisland.com and click on Apply for a Home.

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