Multi-Family Units: Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up
August 24, 2019
I love spending time with Habitat for Humanity, and this year was no different. While I typically volunteer for the Women Build Day, I was unable to attend the event this past May. I was happy to be able to join a group of business owners this past week to lend a hand on new multi-family units.
A partner family needs to have children living with the adult/parent.
The partner family has to have a job for at least 2 years.
An approved partner family needs to put in a minimum of 500 sweat equity hours. That my include working at the job site or at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The entire idea behind Habitat for Humanity is to give a hand up (not a hand out). Partner families pay 0% down and 0% interest while 25% of their income will go towards the mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is the 4th top builder! What an accomplishment and something for everyone to be proud of!
I am always amazed at the bang for the buck when it comes to multi-family units. This Habitat for Humanity project is no different.
When this project is totally complete, there will be four, eight-plex homes to house 32 families!
The Bang for the Buck
Multi-family units can take on many shapes and sizes. What really surprised me about this particular project is how they are using the ‘stacked’ plan. What do I mean by that? It means that there is one unit that takes up space in the basement and ‘main floor’, while the second unit takes up space on the second and third story.
I will apologize for the images below. I took them with my iPhone and these are the site plans (meaning they are dirty and well used)!
Main and Lower Level Units
As you can see, every inch is carefully planned out for maximum function.
Second and Third Story Units
Living in the top units requires a few steps (ok – a lot of steps), but exercise is good – right?
Habitat for Humanity
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank Kristal Heise with Mahalo Properties for arranging this day. Being in the real estate business, Kristal is an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Kristal takes it upon herself to organize this event for business owners every year. I’m happy to be included in such a fine group. I was also happy to work all day with my bookkeeper Tania Constantine with Insight Bookkeeping! Normally, I talk business with Tania and I was happy to work with her all day and just talk (not about business).
I would also like to thank the many people that donated! Part of what I love about Habitat for Humanity is that ALL of the donations that I received go directly into the build. Not to administration. Not to paying someone’s salary. It goes TO the build. If you still wanted to donate, you can do so here.