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West Kelowna family excited for new Habitat for Humanity home

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A West Kelowna mom and her two children are excited to move into a new home that was made possible by Habitat for Humanity.

Amber Biglow is currently renting her mother’s house in West Kelowna with her two children, who are 11 and 16.

Biglow is anticipating to move into the Habitat for Humanity home next summer, in 2021, which is a three-bedroom townhouse in Lake Country.

“As a single parent in the Okanagan, it’s difficult to rent. It’s difficult to own… the level that you have to be to accomplish those goals, right now I rent my mom’s house that she owns,” Biglow said.

Rental rates in Kelowna are around $2,700 a month, according to rent.ca.

Her mother would eventually like to sell the house and retire, Biglow said.

READ MORE: Habitat for Humanity set to build affordable homes in North Okanagan

She applied for the Habitat for Humanity homes because she thought if she didn’t, she might never have the opportunity to own a home, she said.

“It was pretty amazing, to say the least,” she said. Her son also had cancer, which made it challenging for her to be able to buy a home, as she couldn’t work during that time while driving back and forth from Vancouver for his treatments.

“I've been fortunate but I know what it’s like… there’s rental assistance through BC Housing which is amazing and I don’t know if all people know about it enough.”

She said Habitat for Humanity is amazing, and more information that is readily available to help those in similar situations in the Central Okanagan would be nice to see as well.

Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating the completion of the 10618 Powley Crescent project Sept. 23 and will be opening eight out of 12 of the units at the location, said Neil Smith, a chief operating officer with the non-profit.

The non-profit helps low-income families purchase homes.

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