BigSteelBox Partners with Habitat for Humanity Regina

BigSteelBox Partners with Habitat for Humanity ReginaIn October 2016, ten Regina, SK, families became homeowners for the first time at Hautlain Crossing, which is Habitat for Humanity Regina’s newest community. BigSteelBox was happy to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this exciting project.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is: “A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.” Haultain Crossing is one more step toward attaining this goal.

“Haultain Crossing is the largest Habitat development in Saskatchewan and the second largest in Canada,” says Kelly Holmes-Binns, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Regina. “When the project is complete, we will have put 62 low-income families into affordable home ownership.”

In all the years that Habitat for Humanity has been working to improve the living conditions of people in tough financial situations, there are still a number of myths around the work they do. One of the biggest misconceptions is that Habitat for Humanity families are “given” a home for free. That is not the case.

Families must go through a rigorous application and interview process to get accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program.

"There are three main criteria for selecting a family,” says Holmes-Binns. “The first is looking at the need the family has, the second is looking at their ability to carry a mortgage, and the third is willingness to partner with us.”

While each family is not required to make a down payment, they do take on an interest-free mortgage and their payments are set at 25% of their gross household income.

Families must also be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity by volunteering in their Restore and helping with the construction of the community. They are required to contribute 500 sweat equity hours towards the building of their home and their neighbours' homes. Habitat for Humanity believes that having the families contribute labour to the construction of their home builds a sense of community and a pride in ownership.

“It just means so much to us,” says Georgea Charbonneau, a homeowner at Haultain Crossing. “Because, I never thought I’d ever have a home, especially being a low-income family trying to raise my kids on my own. It makes a big difference.”

Sponsorship is vital to a project of this size. In addition to volunteer labour, Habitat for Humanity relies on funding from the government and corporations. BigSteelBox was happy to support the Haultain Crossing families by donating their moving and storage services.

Check out the video below to learn more about the home ownership journey of two current Habitat for Humanity Regina families, and find out how using BigSteelBox helped make their move a little easier.

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