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Habitat for Humanity set to build affordable homes in North Okanagan

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July 16, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The housing charity Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is set to build six homes in Lumby thanks to the donation of a lot from the Village of Lumby.

The project will start with the building of three affordable homes which local families can apply to live in and own.

"I am pleased to announce that affordable homeownership is one step closer for Lumby residents, as the Village of Lumby enters into an agreement with Habitat for Humanity on a housing project in Lumby," Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton said in a Habitat for Humanity Okanagan media release.

The building of the housing is dependant upon community engagement, local fundraising, project financing and the process of family qualifications, all which Habitat for Humanity says can a "lengthy" process.

"To have the municipality engaged and committed to providing safe and affordable housing to their citizens is critical in the success of our mission that everyone deserves a place to call home. We know that there is a housing crisis right now and we can come together to make a difference for families," Habitat for Humanity CEO Andrea Manifold said in the release.

To qualify to live in one of the new homes, families must have a need for affordable housing and an ability to pay for and maintain the home. The not-for-profit housing organization's model is to empower families to invest in homeownership and build "strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership."

Criteria for families to live in the new homes also include having lived in the Okanagan for at least two years and having one member of the family working full time. It is also mandated that families must contribute 500 hours working for the charity.

The land donated by the Village of Lumby is located on Shields Avenue and is in exchange for civil upgrades to the site to be completed by Habitat for Humanity.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Okanagan go here.

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