May 4, 2014 9:14 pm

Partnership helping Saskatoon families become homeowners

Provincial government and Habitat for Humanity team up to help Saskatoon families become homeowners.

Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – Four families will soon have a place of their own to call home in Saskatoon thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a school in Saskatchewan.

A sod turning ceremony for a four-plex took place Friday at 119 Avenue S South.

The project is a four-unit raised bungalow with fully developed basements. Each home is approximately 1,200 square feet.

The modules are being built in part by students at Walter W. Brown School in Langham, Sask. Units will be transported to Avenue C when the basements are ready.

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“We believe that involving students in building homes for low-income working families provides them with an opportunity to build a stronger communities,” said Barb Cox-Lloyd, CEO of Habitat Saskatoon.

The build is part of a new approach in the Prairie Spirit School Division called the “Da Vinci Project,” providing real-world learning opportunity to assist with the transition out of high school.

Sixteen grade 10 to 12 students are working on the four-plex, but it has become a project for the entire school.

“The industrial arts 30 class is building the kitchen cabinets and building the bathroom vanities for these houses,” said Larry Payloff, Prairie Spirit School Division board chair.

Friday was the perfect day for the sod turning, as communities across the province gathered to celebrate Saskatchewan Habitat Day. The provincial day recognizes the work of Habitat for Humanity and its many partner families.

The province provided $200,000 in funding through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation for the project.

In Saskatoon, the province has helped 11 new homeowners. Nine habitat homes are under construction in the city.

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