Habitat for Humanity to build new home in Abbotsford

A sod-turning was held recently for the residence on Farmer Road.

Celebrating the sod-turning on the new Habitat for Humanity home on Farmer Road are (from left) Coun. Henry Braun

Celebrating the sod-turning on the new Habitat for Humanity home on Farmer Road are (from left) Coun. Henry Braun

Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley recently celebrated the sod-turning of its latest home.

The house is located at 34608 Farmer Rd. and will be built in partnership with the Fonseca family, who were selected for the residence from among several applicants.

Joining the family at the sod-turning were Coun. Henry Braun, Mayor Bruce Banman, former MLA John van Dongen, and Doug Rempel, executive director of the organization.

Families selected for a Habitat home pay an interest-free loan and never pay more than 30 per cent of their total family income for their housing.

They must also provide more than 500 “sweat equity” hours in building the home.

Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit organization, has paid for the property and has raised more than $50,000 in materials.

Much of the funds has come from proceeds of the ReStore – located at #12 34220 South Fraser Way – which sells new and used building supplies, home decor and furniture.

Ken Friesen Construction has offered to help build the home through donated labour.

More materials and cash are needed. For more information, contact Doug Rempel at 604-859-3141 or email executive@habitatufv.ca.

Donations can also be dropped of at the ReStore.