Giving a Hand Up not a Hand Out

Habitat for Humanity VIN helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent quality affordable homes through a no-interest, no-profit mortgage.

  • Our work with our Habitat homeowner families doesn't stop after they move into their homes. It includes ensuring they understand all of the intricacies of homeownership, including ways they can save money on bills. We were grateful to have the experts at BC Hydro present on this topic to our families last week.

    In their presentation, BC Hydro helped our families understand how they can save money in their homes by making small changes to their daily living. They handed out Energy Saving Kits to our families and have provided information for the families who could not be there in the mail. This is a wonderful program and we thank BC Hydro for such a great initiative.

    Quick Tip: Did you know that BC hydro has a two-tier system?

    Step 1:

    $0.0829 per kWh for first 1,350 kWh

    Step 2:

    $0.1243 per kWh over the 1,350 Step 1 threshold.

    This can add up quickly! Register at bchydro.com and set your account to receive alerts when you are about to go over that first tier. Who wouldn't want an excuse to save that load of laundry for next week just to ensure you don't go over budget?

    Follow this link for even more electricity-saving tips from BC Hydro. Apply for your own free Energy Saving Kit here.

  • Introducing the Habitat Builder Bus!

    The primary purpose of this branded bus is to transport volunteers to and from our build sites. This will allow us to support and expand Habitat’s volunteer program, which not only helps the partner families we build houses with, but brings together the community with a common goal.

    Can you believe this used to be an ordinary school bus? The decaling of the bus--done beautifully by Quality deSigns--will be used as a means to advertise our presence to potential volunteers, donors, and partner families.

    We also collaborate with other local nonprofits and like-minded community organizations by offering use of this bus to support their programming. Additionally, purchasable ad space is available on the back with all proceeds going towards our homeownership program!

    This volunteer bus was sponsored by the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the Campbell River Community Foundation, and Quality deSigns. We are very thankful to have the support of both community foundations, as this bus will be used between communities.

    If you happen to see us cruising around the Comox Valley or Campbell River, please give our awesome volunteers a wave or a thumbs-up!

    If you are interested in purchasing ad space on our bus, or in volunteering, please email us at bus@habitatnorthisland.com.

     

  • Why does housing matter? Because too many children spend their life living in unsafe, inadequate and often deplorable housing conditions. That’s why National Housing Day is important – a day to bring attention to how important having access to a safe, decent and affordable place to live is, as well as how many people in our local community do not have that.

    "We are currently in the midst of family selection for Lake Trail Road in Courtenay, BC and some of the homes that people are living in are deplorable,” explains Patrick McKenna, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s Executive Director. “We may think the communities of Campbell River and the Comox Valley are immune to the ‘big city’ problem of affordable housing, but in fact we are leading in the wrong direction. Vacancy rates are at all time lows, and the need for affordable housing is more urgent than ever before.”

    Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North helps families in Campbell River and the Comox Valley access safe, decent and affordable housing. Habitat’s innovative model of affordable homeownership helps bridge the gap between social/rental housing and market housing. It frees up much needed units in social or rental housing for Canadians, as thirty-seven per cent of Habitat families that buy their own home come directly from social housing.  

    “Affordable homeownership – the focus of our work in Canada – has benefits that reach far beyond four walls,” says Mark Rodgers, Habitat Canada’s President and CEO. “Families living in Habitat homes reduce their reliance on food banks, have better educational and employment outcomes as well as improved health.”

    On behalf of the 56 Habitat Affiliates across Canada, Habitat for Humanity Canada made the following recommendations during consultations with the federal government on a National Housing Strategy:

    • Reduce the level of core housing need for vulnerable groups through investments in Indigenous housing, homelessness, affordable rental housing and maintaining and expanding the stock of social housing.
    • Work with Indigenous communities to create and implement an Indigenous Housing Strategy.
    • Invest in Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership program over the next eight years to create new affordable homes and renovate additional homes in northern communities.

    To support our local Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing affordable homeownership to North Vancouver Island families, follow this link to donate today.

    Did you know?

    • The Habitat for Humanity model is based on a partnership between the family, the community, volunteers, the private sector and, at times, with modest one-time contributions from different orders of governments. In many cases, Habitat works with local skills and apprentice programs. For example, our local chapter partnered with students from North Island College on our most recent Campbell River build.
    • Habitat families work alongside volunteers to help build their homes and pay an affordable, no-interest mortgage geared to the family’s income level.
    • The average Habitat home generates $175,000 of benefits to society.
    • Habitat’s affordable home ownership program has created a social return on investment of $500 million over the last 30 years.

  • Almost everyone has heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days that promote sales and shopping, but have you heard of the day that comes after? #GivingTuesday is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

    This year’s #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 29th, and we want to use the week leading up to it to celebrate everyone who gives back to our local Habitat for Humanity.

    This week we are asking you to help us raise awareness with an #UNselfie. We even have a printable template  to make it easy for you to share why you volunteer, donate to, or raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North.

    1. Print out our downloadable template.
       
    2. Fill it out with the reason you support Habitat. Examples: “everyone deserves a safe place to call home”; “they help local families”; “I care about affordable housing”; “they provide a hand up not a handout”
       
    3. Take a selfie or have someone take a photo of you holding the paper. You can use it to cover your face or show it.
       
    4. Post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the following hashtags: #GivingTuesday #UNselfie #HabitatVIN #GivingTuesdayCA
       
    5. Tag us in it, and we will ‘like’ and share it! Facebook: @HabitatVIN Twitter: @VINHabitat Instagram: @Habitat.VIN

    Not a big social media fan? Email us your Unselfie and we will share it for you! Send it to cady@habitatnorthisland.com.

    Whether it’s to us, or another of your favourite charities, we hope you will consider giving back this #GivingTuesday through volunteering, donating, or simply spreading awareness!

    Donate to help local families now.

     

  • Buy a raffle ticket and you could win a return trip for two people to any scheduled WestJet destination!*

    WestJet has donated fly-anywhere tickets to support Habitat for Humanity’s affordable homeownership program. Raffle tickets are $20 each, and only 750 tickets are printed!

    All proceeds from this raffle will go towards building homes for hardworking low-income families in our community.

    Visit the Campbell River ReStore (1725B Willow Street) to purchase a ticket, or easily reserve your tickets online and they will be mailed to you.

    The draw date is December 9th, so hurry in to purchase your tickets today!

    *Blackout dates and restrictions do apply. No cash value. Travel valid for one year from draw date.

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