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Habitat for Humanity Red Deer receives national award

Habitat for Humanity Canada celebrates work across the country
FILE - Habitat for Humanity Red Deer helps help Central Alberta families build better lives through affordable homeownership. (Contributed by Habitat for Humanity Red Deer)

Habitat for Humanity Red Deer was one of 12 habitat organizations recognized nationally for providing impactful housing solutions to their community.

On Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity Canada announced national award winners for accomplishments in 2023 and Red Deer was a  Family Partnership winner.

Habitat for Humanity Red Deer was commended for its robust processes to support homeowner success, which includes opportunities for personal growth, home ownership education, and financial literacy through workshops such as Good Neighbours conflict resolution, Maintenance and Warranties, and its Money Mentors financial courses.

Habitat Red Deer also maintains steady contact with homeowners through check-ins to ensure families are doing well, regularly bringing families into the Habitat ReStore through homeowner discounts, invitations to special events, and providing newsletters.

“These awards highlight the exceptional work of local habitats at a time when innovation, partnerships, and leadership are critical to responding to Canada’s housing crisis, and to helping us fulfill Habitat for Humanity’s vision and mission in Canada and around the world," said Julia Deans, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, in a statement. 

“Congratulations to this year’s award winners."

Habitats were recognized for several accomplishments such as: supporting members of Saugeen Ojibway Nation in Ontario with critical renovations to housing; achieving the province’s highest energy efficiency rating in a four-unit build in Castlegar, B.C.; and developing a ride-share app for future multi-unit builds that offsets parking space requirements and helps provide more space for homes in Peterborough, Ont.

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Territories’ board chair Dave Hurley and Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s CEO Gerrad Oishi both received the Terry Petkau Legacy Award for their visionary leadership, commitments to partnership and innovation, and accomplishments in building more homes for families.

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