Today Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia dedicated two new homes on Drysdale Road in Spryfield, unveiling the completed duplex units for the first time to the Nova Scotia partner families. Title Home Sponsor Lindsay Construction presented the Johnson family of four and the Malay family of six with their keys.
The construction of the Habitat duplex in Spryfield would not have been possible without the support and generosity of Lindsay Construction, whose employees, suppliers, and partners all contributed to the successful build throughout 2014-2015. “This was a project that our entire organization, as well as our valued suppliers, were eager to get behind,” said Cory Bell, President of Lindsay Construction. “I can’t thank our employees, or those of our business partners, enough for the time and expertise they gave so willingly to this project. It was a great pleasure to work on and we are thrilled to be here today to hand over the keys to these families.” Check out this video to learn more about Lindsay Construction & their commitment to Habitat Nova Scotia.
“At Habitat for Humanity, we provide a hand up, not a hand out,” said Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “And we know that homeownership makes a real difference in the lives of our partner families. They are healthier. Their children are more apt to obtain a post-secondary degree. They experience more stable employment, with stronger income. And they are more likely to volunteer, donate to charity and vote at election time.” According to a Boston Consulting Group study for Habitat for Humanity Canada released this week, every dollar invested in the Habitat home ownership program initiates four dollars of benefit to society.
On hand to help celebrate the event was The Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, Brendan Maguire, MLA for Halifax Atlantic, and His Worship Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax. “Having a place to call home is more than having a roof over your head,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “It’s about giving families a sense of protection, self-worth and the dignity that every person deserves. That’s why we are proud to support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity.”
Families for Habitat for Humanity homes are selected on the basis of need, their ability to repay a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage, and their commitment to volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity toward their home and community.
Rhonda Johnson is a single mother of three children aged 9 – 23 who works full-time and goes to school part-time at Dalhousie University. “This home will be the 15th and final move for my family,” said Rhonda Johnson, for whom home ownership has always been a dream. “Owning a Habitat home means putting down roots and starting a legacy for my children, in a healthy, stress-free, safe and loving environment.”
“I believe my new home will allow me and my children to be healthier, as well as feel safer and more secure in our environment,” said Chrystal Malay, a single mother of five children aged 8 – 21 who works full-time with the Halifax Regional School Board. “My goal is to focus on making pleasant memories for my children. Something that for a long time I couldn’t even call a dream is now a reality.”
As well as the health and environmental benefits, the study BCG Transforming Lives conducted by The Boston Consulting Group, found that the Habitat home ownership program generates $175,000 in total benefits per partner family, which represents almost $1.6 million for the nine partner families that Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia will work with in 2015.