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Habitat moving closer to building first home

Lauren MacGill

This site in Morden is a future Habitat home thanks to a donation from Triple E Developments. The lot is the first announced by the Winkler-Morden chapter of Habitat for Humanity. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

This site in Morden is a future Habitat home thanks to a donation from Triple E Developments. The lot is the first announced by the Winkler-Morden chapter of Habitat for Humanity. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

MORDEN - 

The Winkler-Morden chapter of Habitat for Humanity is moving closer to the construction of its first home.

The chapter announced on May 4 that they have their first lot ready to go in Morden on 6th Street. “It’s been amazing how much it’s sort of fallen into our laps,” chairperson of the Winkler-Morden chapter Duane Falk said. “We’ve been busy in the last few months, there’s a lot of prep work to get subcommittees organized and trying to figure out how we can fundraise for all the stuff we want to do.”

The lot was donated by Triple E Developments, who said they were proud to be partnering with the Winkler-Morden chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Now, the construction depends on fundraising.

“We’re being conservative in our estimates and hoping we can build on this lot sometime next year,” Falk said. “If the money comes in we could try to get it done sooner, but a good timeline would be to look at building in spring and get our fundraising in place.”

“There’s a few more steps to go through before we can build,” he added.

Falk said community involvement has been great so far.

“We’ve been really excited about how the city of Morden has been wanting to help us and that’s been a good partnership already,” he said. “Triple E has been a fantastic partner. The more we’ve been asking around the more we’ve been finding partners coming out of the woodwork and wanting to help us. It’s not even like we have to go knock on their doors, we’ve been getting a phone call every couple of weeks.”

Vice President of Regional Development Steve Krahn said one misconception many people have is that Habitat gives their houses away to families.

A family moving into a Habitat home will pay market value on that house, but with no down payment. Mortgages are also no interest and are set at 25 per cent of a family’s income.

Families that are moving in also have to donate “sweat equity” to the construction of their new house.

Winkler-Morden Habitat is also gearing up for one of their first fundraisers, a beach boat build, which will be during Paddlefest on June 16.

Participants can register in teams of 4 with a donation of $200 and will be supplied with cardboard and duct tape, which they will use to assemble a boat (ideally one that floats) in two hours. Teams can bring extra items to personalize their craft, and costumes are encouraged.

Then, whatever participants create will be raced around the lake at the end of Paddlefest.

The chapter will be holding a business luncheon on May 23 at the Days Inn Conference Centre for businesses to see how they can get on board with the chapter.