More homes coming in Slave Lake, says Habitat For Humanity

Gord Fortin
Lakeside Leader

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton plans to continue building homes in Slave Lake; however the plans of doing so could look a bit different than previous builds.
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton President and CEO Alfred Nikolai explained that Habitat is definitely planning something for the next year but does not yet know what that housing project will look like.
“We’re going to provide another home in Slave Lake some way or another,” Nikolai said.
Nikolai said details of a future build in town will be discussed at a Jan. 28 meeting. He wasn’t sure what would be discussed, but went through some of the options Habitat is considering.
The main concerns brought forward are volunteers. He said there is a lot of goodwill in the community, but there is a limit to what can be done as well as expected from the current base of volunteers.
“The volunteers that have helped us in Slave Lake have been super good,” he said.
He explained that Habitat may consider involving the private sector. This could see a private homebuilder brought into the construction process and not rely on volunteers. Alternatives could see the private builders sharing a portion of construction with volunteers.
Another possibility would be using Habitat’s prefabrication shop in Edmonton. This could mean that the foundation is laid on the lot and flooring is done in Slave Lake. From there the structure is built in the prefabrication shop. Nikolai said this would mean that Edmonton volunteers would take over the work being done there and the Slave Lake volunteers would take care of work being done here.
Despite all the concerns mentioned, Nikolai re-iterated that Habitat builds will continue and a project will move forward in the summer of 2018.
Habitat has built three homes in Slave Lake. The keys to the third and most recent build were awarded on Nov. 22.

The newest Habitat For Humanity home, on 12th Ave. SE.

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