Construction starts on 12 new Saskatoon Habitat for Humanity homes

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WATCH ABOVE: Saskatoon’s Habitat for Humanity has officially kicked off a new project featuring the Women Build initiative. Jackie Wilson finds out why this particular build will benefit a select group of people – May 12, 2016

A ground-breaking ceremony in Saskatoon marked the start of construction on 12 new Habitat for Humanity homes.

“We are really excited to start construction of these 12 units,” said Barb Cox-Lloyd, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon.

“This is also the site of our 2016 Women Build, which will bring together dedicated women from Saskatoon and area to ensure that families have a safe, affordable home.”

Global Saskatoon is proud to partner with Habitat on the women build project this year.

READ MORE: Langham, Sask. students make homes and futures for Habitat for Humanity

The Saskatchewan government is providing $65,000 through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation towards the project while the City of Saskatoon is giving roughly $295,000 in grants and tax abatements.

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“Owning a home is a life-changer,” said Education Minister Don Morgan, who added that working with partners like Habitat for Humanity helps make the dream of home ownership for Saskatchewan families in need a reality.

Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison said that “every family deserves a safe, clean place to call home,” and partnering with Habitat for Humanity helps “build great communities.”

The 12 townhouse style homes ranging in size from 920 square feet to 1,480 square feet will be located at 211 Slimmon Road in the Lakewood neighbourhood and will included a finished basement based on family need, composition and size.

WATCH BELOW: Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon’s main fundraiser – Tombola at the Bess – is a unique way to support the organization and help build affordable homes.

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Tombola at the Bess – May 6, 2016

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