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Habitat For Humanity Springhill begins family selection process

SPRINGHILL – This Christmas promises to be magical, but next year, for one yet unknown family, it’s going to be unreal.

Members of the Habitat For Humanity Springhill's family selection committee met recently at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. Family selection is one of the key steps in the the step-up program, playing an important role in how the home will be designed and determining an overall budget for the community build.

The Habitat For Humanity Springhill steering committee has launched a crucial step towards offering a local family the opportunity to step-up into homeownership. The family selection committee – comprised of local volunteers Marion MacDonald, Murray Scott, Vickey Dulong, Wendy Nelson, Faron Young and Mike Priest ­­­– are reviewing and collecting applications for prospective candidate families to become the owners of a new home to be built at the corner of Main and Princess here in Springhill.

“The family selection is the first and most important step,” project team leader Drew Fraser said. “Once a family is identified the home is built according to their needs. It could be a three bedroom home or it could be a two bedroom. We don’t know until the family is chosen and then we can start planning and getting a better idea of what our budget will look like.”

Habitat for Humanity is not a hand out, but rather a hand up. They offer a family the opportunity to break the cycle of renting by offering a no-interest, no-down payment mortgage in return for a commitment of 500-hours sweat equity.

The Springhill project got its first legs thanks to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus here in Springhill. Forming a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia, the college participated in a Halifax Regional Municipality build, designed and built a promotional playhouse that was displayed at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and then worked on a further build in Sackville, N.B. During that time, the Town of Springhill was approached by the college about having a build here in the community and agreed by donating the parcel of land.

Since then a steering committee has been formed and sub-committees have been made up of local volunteers. Applications for prospective candidates can be found online at www.habitatns.ca and clicking on apply in the top toolbar. For more information, applicants can contact a selection committee member by emailing family selection committee Chair Marion MacDonald at mirmac@eastlink.ca.

A further information session on the project for potential families or volunteers in the build is slated for mid-January.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Habitat for Humanity, Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Geographic location: Springhill, Sackville

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