© Guardian photo by Nigel Armstrong
Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. executive director Susan Zambonin is eager to find a family that meets the criteria to call this new house in Nine Mile Creek home.
Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. is looking for a family to move into a completed house.
The organization already had a successful candidate — a single mother of two children — who was to move in early in the summer.
However, the woman got engaged and now has another home to move into with her family.
The house, built as part of a Bluefield High School program, is located on the Nine Mile Creek Road just a few minutes from the Afton Community Centre and approximately 20 minutes from Charlottetown.
Habitat executive director Susan Zambonin says professional supervision of the project ensured the house was constructed to a high standard.
“This is a really unique situation for us,’’ she said. “We are trying to give the students a (valuable) job.’’
Situated in a nice rural neighbourhood, the house sits on a four-foot semi-basement that offers good storage. The house has three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and four-piece bath.
The house has a fridge and stove, but is not furnished.
Normally, when a family moves into a Habitat home, they take on a mortgage.
In this case, the family will need to pay rent until they complete the obligatory 500 hours of sweat equity that can be tallied in a number of ways including working in the Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. ReStore, volunteering at a build site and/or volunteering at Habitat events.
When the sweat equity is burned off, so to speak, the family can begin mortgage payments tied to their resources.
“In this case we want somebody in the house,’’ says Zambonin. “We don’t want it sitting vacant.’’
Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. has built 41 houses in the province since 1999.