Dow Chemicals employees recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity's Blackfalds project. The federal government announced Wednesday that it is also supporting the affordable housing project. Photo contributed

Habitat for Humanity gets funding for Blackfalds housing project

Habitat for Humanity’s Blackfalds housing project will get some support from the federal government.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit organization announced it will receive funding in support of the Aspen Lakes affordable housing project in Blackfalds, which broke ground in August.

The funding is part of a $32.4-million partnership between the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and Habitat for Humanity Canada.

“With the difficult year we’ve all had, it’s comforting to know we can close out 2020 with this exciting announcement, and make affordable homeownership a reality for two more families we serve,” said Karen Vavrek, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Red Deer.

“Our Blackfalds project will be home to four families, and this funding will directly support the construction costs for two of those units, one of them being an accessible home.

“Having a stable home has become the first line of defence in the fight against COVID-19. Without a safe and secure place to live, it’s incredibly hard to function day to day. We couldn’t be happier for our families.”

More than $17.5 million in federal government funding has been invested so far and more projects are in the works.

The partnership between CMHC and Habitat for Humanity is expected to create up to 414 new homes across the country.



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