– Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) is inviting the community to celebrate four Comox Valley families who will receive the keys to their new Habitat homes at 1330 Lake Trail Road on Thursday, December 5th. These homes, built with assistance from hundreds of community partners and volunteers, will provide a safe and affordable living situation for the new homeowners.
This is Habitat VIN’s first four-door key ceremony, and it will bring their total families served in 2019 to eight, the most homes they have ever built in one year. The first phase of Habitat’s Lake Trail Road project began in 2018, and by the end of 2020 a total of ten families will be neighbours in this development.
Habitat does not give away free homes. The families who partner with them pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with the organization. As the homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are reinvested into a revolving fund, which Habitat uses to build more homes for more families in the community.
The ceremonial passing of the keys is an opportunity to recognize the homeowners for their hard work and dedication, as well as the volunteers, donors, and sponsors who made the dream of affordable homeownership a reality.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say a Habitat Key Ceremony can be a life-changing experience for those who come out to be part of it. You can expect lots of happy tears, gratitude, and a strong overall sense of community,” explains Pat McKenna, executive director for Habitat VIN. “And you don’t need any prior involvement with Habitat to attend. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to find out what we’re all about.”
The key presentation ceremony will begin at 10:00am and will be followed by an opportunity to tour the homes and to find out how you can get involved with Habitat’s work. There will be coffee, cake, and snacks. Visit tinyurl.com/hfhkey to learn more and RSVP.
About Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North
With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent,and affordable homes. Habitat VIN has brought the community together to build 28 affordable homes on north Vancouver Island since founding in 2004. Because of three families who eventually sold their homes back to Habitat after an improved financial situation, we have been able to serve a total of 31 homeowner families. Habitat does not give away free homes — the families who partner with us pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with our organization. As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are reinvested into a revolving fund, which we then use to build more homes for more families in the community. Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better future for their family. Visit habitatnorthisland.com to learn more.