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Habitat for Humanity is still looking for the Hay River family for a new home

By on November 2, 2022 0

Habitat for Humanity TNO has restarted its application process for a three-bedroom modular home in Hay River for the third time.

The first round of applications was closed in Marchand the second in July. This new cycle doesn’t appear to have a strict deadline, with the move-in date listed as “Spring 2023”.

A press release issued by the organization says that although they heard from several eligible families over the spring and summer, the applicants eventually dropped out.

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“Although we had several people who applied in the last application round and met the eligibility criteria
criteria, we were unable to select a Habitat partner family because some candidates have moved
out of town or found alternative accommodation and withdrew from the application process,” said Northwest Territories Chapter President Dave Hurley.

Habitat for Humanity offers prospective homeowners a mortgage of no more than 30% of their household income, with no down payment or interest on mortgage payments. Although the typical applicant may not qualify for a conventional bank mortgage, they must still demonstrate that the total annual gross household income is at least $65,000 in order to meet maintenance, mortgage payments and to property taxes.

Other criteria include being a Canadian citizen, having lived in the Northwest Territories for at least two years prior to application, having children under the age of 18 or other dependents, and being willing to complete 500 hours of volunteering.

Applying is a fairly simple three-step process: there’s the online form, a credit check and proof of employment, and finally an in-person home visit.

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Why are there not enough applicants?

Alayna Ward, Executive Director of Habitat TNO, thinks the main problem comes from getting the word out.

“When we started the program in Yellowknife in 2004, we started with eight or nine applications, and then last year we got over 50,” Ward said. “So I think it’s just a matter of people realizing, ‘Oh, hey, this could be my house. I’m eligible and why isn’t he applying?’ It’s all new to Hay River and a lot of people haven’t heard of it, they don’t know what Habitat for Humanity is, they don’t know they’re eligible.

Now that more than 10 months have passed since the initial announcement, the house is also fully built, and Ward says families are welcome to visit the site.

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Habitat for Humanity’s new home in Hay River. Photo credit: Steve Anderson

“We want as many people as possible to apply because at the end of the day our goal is really to have a new family there to call home.”

For more information on eligibility and the online application form, go to Habitat NWT website.