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Province invests in affordable housing for Edmonton families

The Alberta government is teaming up with former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity to provide new homes for 75 Edmonton families.

Habitat for Humanity will add 75 new affordable homes to the Laurel neighbourhood in southeast Edmonton through the annual Carter Work Project. The Alberta government is providing $4.1 million to help, in part, fund the project.

“This government is making significant capital investments in affordable housing. Working with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity ensures more Albertans can live in safe and affordable homes.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

Construction began earlier this year and the homes will be completed by 2018.

For more than 30 years, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have helped Habitat for Humanity improve and build homes around the world. The annual Carter Work Project helps raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing.

2017 Carter Work Project in Edmonton

Recipient families spend 500 hours volunteering on Habitat build sites as their down payment. The family pays an interest-free mortgage with payments that are never more than 25 per cent of household income, which makes the homes affordable.

Quick facts

  • Jimmy Carter served as the 39th U.S. president from 1977 to 1981. Carter also served as Georgia’s governor from 1971 to 1975.
  • The Government of Alberta will invest more than $1 billion for affordable housing capital projects during the next five years.
  • Alberta was the first Canadian jurisdiction to partner with Habitat for Humanity. The partnership began in 2006.
  • Habitat for Humanity Edmonton was founded in 1991. It is a charitable organization that works toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

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