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(Posted 4:30 p.m., March 29)
Habitat for Humanity to proceed with Phase II of Nantes sub-division

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Four more familites will soon be getting a home of their own after Habitat for Humanity recently announced planes to proceed with the second phase of their planned sub-division on Nantes Street in Avalon.

The new houses will be built beside a bungalow and two semi-detahced units that were built last year and will follow the same Barry J. Hobin design.

Habitat for Humanity NCR has permission to build nine uints in total on the half-acre property. The final two units will be built next year.

Construction on the two semi-detached homes will begin this spring, and should take about six months to compltete.

Four families have already been selected to occupy the future homes. Two of the families have six children each, while one family has two children, and the other an only child. The single detahced homes are designed to accommodate a large family on one side and a smaller family on the other.

The Caceres family was the first family to move into the sub-division last fall and were given the bungalow which was specially made to accommodate their nine-year-old daughter Amanda, who is confined to a wheelchair. The couple has three other children.

Before moving to their new home in October, the Caceres rented a two storey townhome on Walkley Road where they had to carry Amanda up and down the stairs. The family could have never have afforded their own home without the help of Habitat.

Ida Kakekagumick, an Aboriginal woman raising her three teenage grandchildren, purchased one of the semi-detached homes.

Habitat families are selected on the basis of need, and their willingness to contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity into the organization. Each family pays an interest-free mortgage with no down payment. The monthly payments are set at 25 per cent of their gross income.

Construction costs are kept to a minimum by using donated building materials whenever possible and volunteer labour.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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