Cranbrook is embarking on its first Habitat for Humanity building project. A special photo op took place Tuesday to mark the beginning of the partnership.
Mayor, councillors and representatives from Habitat for Humanity withstood the scorching midday sun to talk a bit about the project. The building will be constructed in Slaterville at 217 Crestbrook Avenue, an empty lot donated by the City.
Mayor Wayne Stetski said it's exciting to have Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay and the City partnering to build a new home for a needy family.
"The vision to make this happen, which we started less than two years ago, will soon become a reality," Stetski said. "This truly is a community project that once again demonstrates what a great place Cranbrook is to call home."
Stetski said he has had the opportunity to see what Habitat for Humanity has done in bigger centres and the West Kootenay, and so was happy to see Cranbrook getting involved as well.
The project was first brought to Council for consideration in 2012.
Gord Johnston, project leader for Habitat for Humanity Adopt-A-Home Cranbrook, said the local project committee has started the process of building with support and guidance from the Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay board of directors.
Johnston said the City of Cranbrook has also been involved and supportive of the project.
"What a great start," Johnston said. "We look forward to more Cranbrook citizens getting involved with this project."
Chuck Henderson, vice chair for Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay, drove in from Nelson to attend.
"The local volunteer committee has certainly demonstrated their determination to complete this project," Henderson said. "My thanks to both the committee and to the City of Cranbrook for giving us a great jump start."
The vision, mission and values of Habitat for Humanity Canada are delivered by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in over 300 communities across Canada. Affiliates select and prepare partner families for homeownership, manage the construction of Habitat homes, and hold partner family no-interest mortgages. It plays a vital role at the local level by engaging community volunteers, securing resources, increasing the profile of Habitat for Humanity and raising awareness about the issue of affordable housing in their communities.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay, visit www.habitatwk.ca.
The City of Cranbrook was also thankful for both the law firm of Steidl Kambeitz and Phillip Jones who contributed to the success of this project by waiving their respective fees.