Manitoba

Habitat for Humanity to build 60 new homes with $3M from federal, provincial governments

The federal and provincial governments have announced a combined $3.6 million for affordable housing projects in Winnipeg.

Governments also give $600K for transitional housing project with Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.

Sandy Hopkins, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, says they expect to build 60 new homes with the funding. (John Einarson/CBC)

The federal and provincial governments have announced a combined $3.6 million for affordable housing projects in Winnipeg. 

Habitat for Humanity is getting $3 million from the federal and provincial governments to build 60 new homes for families in need. 

The governments will also spend $600,000 through the national housing strategy to demolish a vacant Manitoba Housing property on Watt Street, and transfer ownership to Wahbung Abinoonjiiag so it can build affordable housing.

"Home ownership is the foundation to financial security to most families in society," said Sandy Hopkins, who runs Habitat for Humanity in Manitoba, at a news conference Thursday, when the funding was announced. 

"To be able to extend this opportunity to low-income working families is a measure of the depth of understanding of our political leadership has of the immensely positive impact on communities that broadening home ownership conveys."

The 60 homes will be built over the next three years. Some units are already being built, with a goal of having the first families move in by Christmas, Hopkins said. 

Dana Riccio-Arabe, executive director of Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, said they plan to build a transitional housing project that will help 24 families impacted by homelessness and domestic violence. 

The goal is to create a culturally safe and family-centred place for them to call home, she said.

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