On Jan. 16, the Drumheller chapter of Habitat for Humanity held an open house for anyone interested in learning more about the organization, including how to apply for a home.

Sherry Cooper is the Chairperson of the board. She explained that the open house was attended by a mixed group of people.

"It went very well," Cooper elaborated. "We had three people from our affiliate [in Calgary] come and we did a presentation, and we had some tradesmen show up, and we had some people interested in applying for the house show up."

The Drumheller chapter plans to build a duplex on a plot of land in North Drumheller. Applications are already coming in, said Cooper, and she encourages anyone interested to find out if they're eligible through the chapter's website.

"We've had six families go through the pre-approval process on the website, and then we'll be sending out an invitation for another meeting that we're having here in February for those families that have gone through the screening process."

In terms of fundraising, Cooper said the group isn't quite finished yet. They still need between $12,000 and $15,000 in cash and $40,000 worth of labour to make the project a reality, but Cooper is adamant that they won't be delaying their ground-breaking in April.

"Compared to [where] we were when we started, we are so close," she stated. "Our plan to break ground is in April. Hopefully, if everything goes well and the weather holds, and if things go perfectly, our family will be in the house before Christmas."

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