Habitat for Humanity building a new home in Pictou County

The Pictou County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is building its first home for a family in need of affordable housing. On a lot donated by the Town of Stellarton, the chapter plans to break ground in early spring 2022 and deliver the home to the partner family by the end of the year.
Founded in 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is a provincial charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to call home. Habitat brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, donors and Habitat Partner Families, Habitat provides a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Nova Scotia and worldwide. Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has partnered with over 70 families to help them break the cycle of poverty and provide their families with safe, affordable homes.
Formed in 2018, the Pictou County Chapter was created to address the growing need for affordable housing in the communities of Pictou County. Since then, the chapter committee has been actively fundraising to generate the necessary funds to support this project. The committee comprises industry leaders from professions such as engineering, real estate, marketing, finance, social services, and construction. They work together with the community and Habitat Nova Scotia to build homes and partner with Habitat Partner Families in need.

Applications from families in need of affordable housing were accepted by Habitat in December 2021 and January 2022. A partner family is being chosen that meets a range of eligibility criteria, including the level of need, ability to repay a no-interest, no-down-payment mortgage, and willingness to work in partnership with Habitat on the home construction.
The chapter seeks additional sponsorship to meet the total fundraising target, which can take several forms. Habitat home sponsors can make financial donations or gifts-in-kind (GIK) of labour or materials for the build. Donors can also give new and used building materials to the Habitat ReStore in Dartmouth. Since Habitat is a registered charity, sponsors receive charitable donation receipts for monetary or GIK contributions. For more information on the sponsorship program or how to get involved as a volunteer, you can contact Ed Kennedy, Chair, Habitat for Humanity Pictou County Chapter, Phone: 613.240.8792, or email: kennedyeda@gmail.com.