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  • Habitat for Humanity to Provide Affordable Housing
    in Coquitlam


    COQUITLAM, BC, June 27 – Further to a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process, the City of Coquitlam has selected Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver as the successful proponent to build affordable housing at 1358 Coast Meridian Road.

    The development of this affordable housing site through a partnership between the City and Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a key action item in the implementation of the City’s Housing Affordability Strategy, which was adopted in December 2015.

    The key objectives and desired outcomes for this affordable housing project include:
    • Affordable units for low to moderate-income level households earning between 50-80% of Coquitlam’s annual median income;
    • Offer options for affordable home ownership;
    • Design elements that achieve a high level of accessibility for those with varying accessibility challenges; and if possible
    • Potentially benefit the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund (AHRF).

    The City received 13 proposals from eight proponents and selected Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s proposal to build affordable home ownership units for modest income families who are currently renting and would normally not qualify for a traditional mortgage.

    All of the 40-50 units at 1358 Coast Meridian Road will be suitable for families and meet the City’s affordability target for low-to-moderate household incomes ($35,000-$55,000 a year).
    For all participating families, Habitat sets interest-free mortgage payments at a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 30% of household income, in order to ensure affordability.

    As part of their commitment to Habitat, participating families are required to volunteer 500 hours of “sweat equity” (e.g., helping at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, assisting in fundraising or working on a Habitat housing project). Families are also required to attend workshops to help them learn about the responsibilities of home ownership.

    The next steps in the process will be the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the partnership between the City and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver. The MOU will outline specific project details including the terms related to the property transfer, any AHRF contributions, maintenance, target population, etc., and will be subject to Council’s approval.  

    For more information on the City of Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy, visit www.coquitlam.ca/housing.


    About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver
    One of 56 Habitat for Humanity affiliates cross Canada, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver works with deserving families to build safe and affordable housing. To learn more, visit habitatgv.ca.

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    Media contact:

    City of Coquitlam
    Jim McIntyre
    General Manager, Planning & Development
    604-927-3401

    Habitat for Humanity
    Dennis Coutts
    CEO
    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
    dcoutts@habitatgv.ca

    Stephani Baker
    Director, Operations/Fund Development
    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
    604-681-5618
    sbaker@habitatgv.ca

     


  • Thought for the Day

    I have some very good news to share with you all. 

    Just before I put pen to paper on that, I would like to share some personal thoughts with you.

    As supporters of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, we all share a common vision and purpose.  That vision and purpose is to make the world a better place for those families we have collectively chosen to serve in many different ways.  In that service, you have dedicated yourselves and you have kept vision and purpose alive through often difficult circumstances.   That is amazing, a good reflection of the quality of character you each possess.   Donors, volunteers, staff and families alike.

    I am grateful that you have kept the vision that someday, we would build homes for families that need our help, making a difference for them, their children, and their children’s children. 


    Now, the good news!  We have received our building permits for 8180 Ash Street in Richmond!!!!  We can now begin to fulfill the vision so many of you have kept alive for so long.  We are going to begin building by May 31 with boots on the ground. 

    We know exactly what to do now.  Build Homes.  Build Hope.


    Habitat will now enter a new chapter in our history, and I am excited we all get to take this trip together. 

    Now we look to all of our supporters more than ever to help us execute.  Whether it be donated services or product or cash, donating your time or fundraising - together we can have an impact.

    Right now we are looking for volunteer part-time administrative build support, hoping a call out to volunteers will give opportunities to those who expressed an interest in the build program.  We have also posted for a site supervisor to oversee the next great challenge of building. 


    Let’s celebrate!  This is a great day for all of us, and more good news is on the horizon, but for today?  Let’s go hard and be happy on our journey.  Looking forward to build days with you all.  Bring your energy, knowledge, enthusiasm and donations and we will get you in a hard hat and swinging a hammer.

    With deep appreciation for each of you and your hard work.


    My very best,
    Dennis Coutts

    CEO Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
     
     

  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is proud to announce our Top 50 ReStore Corporate donors of 2016!

    ReStore locations across the lower mainland rely on donations and volunteers to help run our operations. ReStore revenues cover the organizations operating expenses and are an important funding source for Habitat’s local home builds.  They and are a win/win for many organizations who don’t want to see products go unused or end up in a landfill.

    On behalf of all of us at Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and commitment to providing affordable homeownership opportunities to families in Greater Vancouver.

    Throughout the Spring we will be stopping by and personally thanking our generous Top 50 and sharing the visits through our social channels. Follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with #ReStoreGVtop50!

    Top ReStore Corporate Donors of 2016:

     
    • Acklands-Grainger Inc.
    • AFA Forest Products Inc
    • All Weather Windows
    • AMACON
    • Amec Foster Wheeler Americas Limited
    • Angela Cameron Fine Art
    • Anizco Hotel Furniture Liquidators
    • Atlas Roofing Corporation
    • Barkman Concrete Ltd
    • Bass Pro Shops - Tsawwassen Mills
    • Bastion Development Corporation
    • C&S Tile Distributors
    • Canadian Freightways
    • Center Forward Productions Inc
    • Certainteed
    • Cloverdale Paint
    • Costco Wholesale 255
    • D.G. Maclachlan LTD
    • Deutsch
    • Dick's Lumber
    • DirectBuy Vancouver East
    • Dulux Paint
    • Exclusive Floors
    • Gramercy Film Productions-50 Shades Darker set decoration
    • Home Depot Canada
    • Hudson's Bay Company
    • Inbox Shop Ltd (Boxd)
    • Intracorp
    • Lowe's Canada
    • Merit Kitchens
    • MetCap Living Management Inc
    • National Tile (2005) Ltd.
    • NEDCO (a division of REXEL Canada Electrical Inc.)
    • Oasis Windows
    • Ocean Pacific Lighting
    • Pacific West Supply Systems LTD.
    • Pinch of Salt Productions
    • Rona Inc.
    • Sunrise Senior Living
    • Taymor Canada
    • The M.K. Morse Company/Warehouse One Distribution
    • The University of British Columbia - Building Operations
    • Torbram Electric Supply
    • Undercover Rogue 4 Productions
    • Urban Barn
    • Vancouver Extended Stay
    • West Coast Janitorial Supplies

    We are most grateful to all our donors and look forward to connecting with you in 2017!
     

     

  • GORDON FOOD SERVICE – A SHINING STAR IN THE COMMUNITY

    It is often said that it takes a community to raise a child – in this case, it takes a community, and caring partners in the community, to build safe homes in which to raise healthy, happy children. 

    Gordon Food Service is just such a partner in our community.  Habitat for Humanity has been fortunate to have their significant financial support Canada-wide for many years.  Each year, employees, friends and business partners assist their various business groups raise money through local fundraisers to contribute to the building of homes in communities across the land. 

    Habitat Greater Vancouver is honoured to have the commitment of GFS BC and their extended “family” as one of our largest partners and a full home sponsor, through their donation of $100,000 to our upcoming Richmond homes! 

    As if this was not already an incredible gift, an energetic team of 17 women (and some men) have taken on the challenge of raising a minimum of $1,000 each in support of our Women Build campaign – also in support of the Richmond homes.  Their team has, to date, raised over $15,000 and is now the top fundraising team for this initiative. 

    This outstanding achievement and support of our work is humbling and deeply appreciated by those who will benefit from their efforts and generosity – our families and children!  We know that they are all excited to trade in their office attire for work boots and tool belts for a few days and we cannot wait to welcome them! 

    Some of them, pictured here, couldn’t wait and took a trip to the build site to get in the mood! 

    Left to right :
    Theresa Chernoff -GFS  BC- Women Build Chair

    Colleen Hayes - SCA

    Tricia Joseph -GFS BC

    Deb Franz -Riches

    Carly Anderson -SCA 

    Kerry Rogers - GFS BC

    THANK YOU GFS for making the dream of home ownership a reality for struggling families!  

  • In January 2016 one of our dedicated Board members took part in a Habitat Global Village trip to Guatemala, building homes for hardworking, low-income Partner Families.

    We caught up with Richard to hear about his experience.

     

     

    Interview with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Board Director Richard Foster

     

     

    Why did you decide to Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip?

    Richard: I decided to participate in a Global Village expedition through Habitat for a number of reasons. Although I recently became a director with the Vancouver chapter, I made this decision independently of that role. I have always wanted to do something like this, Guatemala was an interesting country that I had never had the opportunity to visit and my daughter had the ability to join me and being her last year of high school, I was not confident that another opportunity would come along any time soon.

     

    How did you find the application process?

    The process was fairly easy, the briefings and support was tremendous all around in helping us get prepared for the trip. We had excellent Leaders (thanks Nick) with lots of past experience so at no time did we really feel unprepared.  

     

    Who did you get to meet during your time in Guatemala?

    The trip down was long and really a great chance to get to know our fellow volunteers, many who had done a trip previously. At the Habitat office in Panajachel we got to meet the two deserving families we were going to be building for. A very humbling and rewarding experience for sure.

     

    What was the work like?

    The work was hard and yet the feeling amongst the group was always upbeat and gratifying. Our group was divided in two and both groups had very different sites and starting points. Every night back at our hotel we would gather and share stories of the day and always ate together.

     

    What was the accommodation like?

    The accommodations were pleasant, the food diverse enough and the scenery always an eye full.

     

    What advice would you give to someone considering taking part in a Habitat Global Village trip?

    I cannot say enough about my experience and frankly cannot wait to go again. When I compare it to all the “all-inclusive sit by the pool” vacations I have had in my life, I can only say I would trade them all for this experience time and time again, hands down.

     

    Thank you to Habitat for Humanity for allowing my daughter and I to have such a rewarding experience with your organization.

     

     

    All donations made to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver include a tithe to help build Habitat homes throughout the world.

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