Today, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) presentedHabitat for Humanity Edmonton with the CMHC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Habitat for HumanityAboriginal Housing . The award was presented at Habitat for Humanity Canada's NationalConference Awards Gala. Habitat affiliates from across Canada arein Regina this weekend for their annual general meeting andnational conference. "I want to offer my congratulations and say thank you to Habitatfor Humanity Edmonton for its ongoing efforts in creatingopportunities for Aboriginal families through homeownership," saidthe Honourable Pamela Wallin, Senator, on behalf of the HonourableDiane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Developmentand Minister Responsible for CMHC. "CMHC, on behalf of theGovernment of Canada, is proud to work with Habitat for HumanityCanada and its affiliates right across Canada to help address thechallenges many families face in finding safe, decent andaffordable homes both on-and off-reserve." Habitat for Humanity Edmonton was chosen as this year's awardrecipient for its role in helping to achieve the dream ofhomeownership for Aboriginal families in the Edmonton area. |
Theirexemplary partnership project with M tis Capital HousingCorporation to retrofit existing rental housing for affordablehomeownership has inspired other Aboriginal housing groups toemulate the partnership model. As well, for the first time eightM tis families at Elizabeth M tis Settlements nearCold Lake, Alberta will become homeowners in 2012 as a result of anagreement signed between Habitat for Humanity Edmonton andElizabeth M tis Settlement. The Habitat for Humanity Awards Committee considered a number ofkey areas in the selection of the winner for this award includinginnovative solutions to challenges faced in Aboriginal housingdevelopment; association and community collaboration on Aboriginalhousing development; number of Aboriginal families served; andnumber of major renovations, including energy efficiencies, toAboriginal housing. "Habitat for Humanity Canada and its affiliates are very excited topartner on Aboriginal projects across Canada where possible. Wealso very much appreciate CMHC's partnership in this importantwork," said Stewart Hardacre, President & CEO, Habitat forHumanity Canada.
"This year we're proud to recognize the leadershiprole Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has taken in building affordablehousing in partnership with Aboriginal groups in their region." Habitat for Humanity Canada Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) is a national,non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone hasa safe and decent place to live. With the help of over 50,000volunteers every year and 69 affiliate organizations from coast tocoast, their mission is to mobilize volunteers and communitypartners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownershipas a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around theworld. For more information on HFHC, please visit www.habitat.ca . CMHC CMHC is the Lead and Founding National Partner for Habitat Canada'sAboriginal Housing Program, which seeks to increase the number ofHabitat homes built for Aboriginal families both on- andoff-reserve. This partnership contributes to CMHC's ongoing efforts to improveaccess to affordable Aboriginal housing, which includes investingdirectly in new affordable housing, housing renovation, housingcapacity development and supporting the First Nations MarketHousing Fund.
CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 65years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choiceof quality, environmentally sustainable, affordable housingsolutions, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities areality across the country. Kimberlee Jones CMHC - Prairies and Territories Region 403-515-3048 Charles Sauriol CMHC Media Relations 613-748-2799 Kate Marshall National Director of Marketing & Communications Habitat for Humanity Canada 416-294-3039.
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