Habitat for Humanity Regina is proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project – Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever – to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
The Carter Work Project will take place in every province and territory, and over 40 communities including Regina, with former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Habitat Regina is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity International and the Carters to help bring this project to Canada by committing to build homes to help reach the goal of 150 homes. Thousands of volunteers will be helping to build alongside future Habitat homeowners right across the country, and Habitat Regina is excited to be a part of this Canada-wide project to bring affordable home ownership to more families in need.
“It is an honour to be a part of the Carter Work Project. We at Habitat Regina are grateful for the support of this project and the many volunteers whose commitment to Habitat’s mission has helped us empower local families through affordable home ownership,” said Kelly Holmes-Binns, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Regina. “These are homes that provide families with the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.”
Habitat for Humanity has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities. In Regina, our Habitat affiliate is approaching our 100th home for Regina and area families. One in seven households, including 735,000 children, do not have a decent and affordable place to call home in Canada. Every day thousands of families are forced to decide between paying rent or putting food on the table. Habitat’s model of affordable home ownership helps to change that.
People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development. Access to affordable home ownership can help decrease a family’s reliance on food banks and allow them to move out of social housing which frees up space for those on waiting lists.
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.
The 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is about neighbours helping neighbours. People will have an opportunity to get involved in their local community to help more families have a safe, affordable and decent place to live in.
To learn how you can get involved and support the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit habitat.ca/cwp. Information on future build sites will be updated as it becomes available in 2017.