After a couple of months of having no families to house, Habitat for Humanity in Drumheller finally has seen some interest.
"We actually have five families as of November 1 that we are going to be screening. We already have one other family that we are tracking as well," explained Habitat for Humanity Director of Regional Development, Louise Gagne. "It was looking a little bleak for a while."
She goes on to say that the process to receive help from Habitat for Humanity is quite rigorous, and they had been campaigning since last year with very little luck in finding a family that met qualifications.
However, thanks to a quick-thinking team member, they received more interest than they bargained for.
"One of our regional committee members had a great idea to do a mail drop of 3,000 postcards," she continued.
The post cards brought in a hoard of families ready to participate in the program. Two families will be picked to have the opportunity to buy a 1,400 square foot home in the newly built duplex on Poplar Street. Habitat for Humanity will allow the families to buy the home with no down payment, and a no-interest mortgage that is based on 25 per cent of their gross income.
To be approved for a Habitat for Humanity house, the family must be paying over 30 per cent of their income towards housing, have an unsafe or overcrowded living situation, and have at least one family member working a full-time job for over two years.
Gagne goes on to say that the program is for families that are already doing well but need some support in the housing area.
"The regional chapter was set up a couple of years ago. They have been doing an amazing job at fundraising, but I still think there is a larger need for homes for families," concluded Gange.
The chosen families will also have to donate 500 hours of volunteer time to be served in the community before receiving the house and must be living in the Drumheller valley for almost two years.
Gagne is hopeful that they will have two families selected by the end of this year.