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Habitat for Humanity's mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Our vision is of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
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Congratulations to our two new Partner Families! On August 20th, 2015, neighbors, volunteers, community partners, habitat staff and the Board of Directors gathered for a special key dedication ceremony at Government Street in Burnaby, BC.
The ceremony provided a great opportunity to not only welcome the families to their new homes, but also to recognize the incredible efforts of the community, volunteers and valued donors who dedicated time, elbow grease and funding to make these homes a success.
Ali Hersi, one of HFHGV’s new Partner Families, extended his deepest gratitude to the volunteers and Family Services Manager, Clare Davey. In a heartfelt speech, he recalled, “[my children] never forgot to ask me when we’re moving in, every single day and now I can tell them we’re moving in today.” Ali and his family are looking forward to meeting their new neighbors and his children are excited to make new friends – an added bonus to their new home on Government Street.
These are the 3rd and 4th families to be the second owners of homes in the Government Street community that provides safe, affordable housing to 27 families. HFHGV is committed to providing a ‘hand up’ with its homeownership model of housing families and reinvesting their contributions into building more homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is thrilled to welcome and support its newest Partner Families. As one family succeeds and moves on, a new family begins their Habitat journey.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver was thrilled to partner with Miele Canada in the deconstruction of their Yaletown showroom as part of their expansion/renovation plans. In support of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan and their goal to reduce solid waste by 50% of 2008 levels HFHGV has been actively seeking out opportunities to educate and train volunteers and staff on Deconstruction practises. The Miele deconstruction allowed us to focus on one of the cities four highest priority action items under their “Zero Waste” component. “This action focuses on policies to prevent wood and other materials from being sent to the landfill or incinerator through a process that takes apart buildings and salvages materials, rather than a traditional demolition method.”
This also provided our team of international students, ReStore Managers, tradesman from a local construction company, volunteers, and our Deconstruction Team Leader with education on the ins and outs of the deconstruction and reuse industry. It provided valuable experience and education helping us create experts to support and contribute to the Green Jobs Initiative. Our primary focus for this project was education and materials recovery.
“What is A Green Job? This plan borrows from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) definition, which describes green jobs as those that “contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality… reduce energy, materials and water consumption… decarbonize the economy and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.” Job sectors range from clean technology and green buildings to education and materials recovery. Green jobs also include jobs in traditional sectors with businesses that have significantly greener processes or operations than industry standards. The GCAP has added local food to the UNEP definition, as growing an urban food system is central to the Greenest City vision for a sustainable economy. Local food is defined here as all food and beverage (including wine) produced and consumed within British Columbia.”
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver has the unique opportunity of not only having a strong volunteer base but also a network of retail locations that sell reclaimed building supplies. Thus allowing us to effectively remove and resell the components reclaimed from the deconstruction. We successfully diverted 8 kitchens, tables, stools and cabinetry from landfill. Funds raised from the sale of these goods will help build decent, affordable homes for hardworking families in our community who would not otherwise be able to own a home.
We would like to thank the amazing team at Miele:
Kelly Lam VP Marketing
Selby Kostuik Designer
Scott McIvor Project Manager
Lossen Zimmerman Centre Supervisor
On Monday July 13th 2015, Richmond City Council approved our new build project on 8180 Ash Street.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is thrilled to announce that we are one step closer to providing 6 new homes for 12 Partner Families. This approval gives us the green light to begin the planning process for our build; this includes securing build permits for the fall.
The ability for us to succeed and move forward was due largely to the incredible donation of 18 months of time, expertise and services from Abbarch Architecture and PWL Partnership Landscape Architects. They provided design and numerous amendments to the project to garner final approval.
Thank you Abbarch and PWL!
We also owe a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, donors and friends of Habitat Greater Vancouver for your continued patience and support, we look forward to seeing you on the build site over the next year!
*Details of the start of building activity will be forthcoming in the near future.
Habitat Greater Vancouver is very pleased to announce that its Development Variance Permit application was approved on Wednesday, June 24 2015 by the municipality of Richmond. Habitat Greater Vancouver is seeking authorization for its 8180 Ash Street development project to build 6 single family homes with rental suites that will provide 12 hardworking families with homes.
The organisation’s municipal application had to be reintroduced after its Development Variance Permit was denied this spring based on vehicle manoeuverability in parking areas, concerns expressed by the community on house design and need for additional community consultation.
Habitat successfully addressed those issues and inquiries before the Development Permit Panel. Subsequently, the organization is now able to submit for City Council approval on July 13th and proceed to apply for a building permit by late September. Habitat Greater Vancouver will announce its new ground-breaking date in late fall and extends its deepest appreciation to its supporters for their continued commitment and patience.
When Randall Forrester, or Randy as he likes to be called, and his family moved into their house in the spring of 2004, he knew he was setting the foundation for his ten year plan. He and his wife had been proactively searching for a house for a long while and were getting ready to move out east to Saskatchewan when they heard about Habitat for Humanity on a CBC show.
Despite a few reservations, Randall decided to attend an introduction session and as they say the rest is history. Even though the time between the application and actual move was longer than he expected, Randy says that he and his wife were very clear that it was a “hand up” that would allow them to move into the local market they had been struggling with for so long.
“We knew we were reasonable, hardworking people and that we would get there”.
At the end of last summer Randy’s dream came true and he was able to acquire a house in New Westminster thanks to the Habitat Greater Vancouver buyback process. When asked about moving out of his ten-year home, Randy describes his exiting experience as “fantastic” as flexibility allowed him to plan out his transfer from one house to another on a convenient schedule.
The Forrester family’s Habitat journey was not a “perfect picture” as Randy puts it. Of course, there were a few challenges along the way, such as finding a school for his daughter, but he describes his experience as instrumental to accessing the regular market and feels strongly about “passing the opportunity along to others”.
He says that having worked onsite at Habitat while fulfilling the sweat equity requirement is really helping out with his current remodelling. “It gave me so much more knowledge and the practical skills of building and renovating a house”. Needless to say, Randy is also a frequent ReStore customer where he shops for supplies.
Randy says he is extremely grateful to Habitat for the opportunity and is eager to continue his relationship with the organization through supportive involvement. We wish him the best on his new adventure as a homeowner and look forward to running into him at the ReStores.
Dear Power Women,Volunteers and Partners
I regret to inform you that our ground-breaking date for 8180 Ash Street has been postponed to the fall of 2015 due to the municipal application process.
Unfortunately, the feedback received from the community on house design and vehicle manoeuverability in parking areas has resulted in the denial of our Development Variance Permit application; thus forcing us to reconsider the calendar for our build in Richmond.
Also, we have been instructed by the City of Richmond to further our consultation with the local community. Hence, we will be holding a Public Information Meeting on May 12th at Debeck Elementary School, 8600 Ash Street from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
We will resubmit our application before the Development Permit Panel on June 24th and before City Council on July 13th.
I take this opportunity to personally thank you for your continuous support and patience. We are thrilled by the interest our new build project has garnered. All across Metro Vancouver, Power Women and their supporters are taking a stand for affordable homeownership.
Though we are eager to break ground and put families into homes fast, we understand that sometimes the municipal approval process can be challenging. We are now more than ever determined to address all issues and inquiries in order to allow for a build date in late fall.
We thank you for your continuous support and patience and look forward to seeing you on our build site.