We are seeking families in Campbell River and the Comox Valley to partner with us to become homeowners. This February, we are holding homeownership information sessions in both communities where we will help guide interested families through the application process and answer any questions.
Upcoming information sessions:
- The Campbell River information session will take place on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30pm at the Community Centre.
- The Courtenay session will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the Salish Building in Lewis Park.
Habitat VIN currently has two multi-phase, multi-unit affordable homeownership projects on the go. They are building eight more homes on 1330 Lake Trail Road in Courtenay and seven more homes at 477 Hilchey Road in Campbell River. While many of the future homeowners have been accepted and are currently working on their ‘sweat equity’ hours, Habitat is still seeking qualified families in both communities.
How it works:
While Habitat provides the opportunity of homeownership for families that would not qualify for a traditional mortgage, they stress that they do not give homes away. Habitat homeowners must be active participants in building a better home and future for themselves and their families.
Families who apply and are accepted to become Habitat homeowners purchase their home through a no down payment, interest-free mortgage with monthly payments set at 30 per cent of their yearly income. Families must also contribute at least 500 volunteer hours to Habitat before they can move into their home.
When I first started my hours, I really didn’t think much of one more day of work and one less day of rest. As a single mother who works full time, it proved harder and longer than I had first thought. But now that I am done, I can’t explain the pride I have in this accomplishment.” – Carlye, one of the local homeowners who partnered with us in 2018
Once they move in, Habitat homeowners are responsible for maintaining their own home. As a Habitat homeowner pays off their mortgage, the money is invested into a revolving fund, which is used by the local Habitat to build more homes for families in their community.
To learn more about our homeownership program and upcoming information sessions, visit www.habitatnorthisland.com/apply.