Signs went into the ground at 480 Hilchey Road last week to announce the site of Habitat for Humanity’s second Campbell River build.
City councillors Andy Adams, Ron Kerr and Larry Samson were on hand to help Habitat unveil the signs July 22.
Deb Roth, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, said Campbell River mayor, council and staff “recognize the need for affordable housing and see Habitat as a sustainable part of the solution.”
“Habitat is proud to have purchased the duplex lot in April 2013 with proceeds from the Habitat for Humanity North Island ReStores,” said Roth who thanked the ReStore donors, customers, volunteers and staff who are making the build possible.
The sign unveiling is the first step in offering two Campbell River families a hand up into home ownership. More than 1.3 million Canadian families struggle to afford the basic necessities, said Roth.
According to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation report, Habitat for Humanity homeownership improves the health and happiness of families, with children becoming more confident and getting better grades.
The survey also shows that affordable homeownership is an effective tool for economic and social advancement.
Habitat for Humanity plans to officially kick off a fundraising campaign this fall for the Hilchey build which is expected to begin construction in June 2014 and will house two families – one on each side of a duplex.
Habitat needs to raise $200,000 to build the homes.