Join our Board!

Be part of a dynamic volunteer group of highly talented, dedicated, and accomplished individuals from a variety of relevant sectors, who are committed to helping Habitat Saskatchewan accomplish its mission.

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan is currently seeking interested individuals to join our volunteer Board of Directors. Habitat Saskatchewan provides opportunities for working low-income families to access safe, decent, and affordable housing through homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty in Saskatchewan. The Board of Directors helps to set the direction and attract resources to enable Habitat Saskatchewan to broaden its impact.

Are you interested in becoming a member?

We are currently looking for up to three new Directors to join our provincial board. The ideal candidates we are looking for are, as follows:

  • Current non-profit board experience
  • Well-established in the community and a “connector” able to open doors in the business community
  • Respected in your field
  • Skills sets required: Finance, legal, banking, and business

We value Diversity and Inclusion!

Habitat Saskatchewan values diversity and inclusion and is a key to our success which is reflected in our largely diverse community of Habitat families.  We believe that diversity and inclusion is our responsibility, and we are open to creating a more diverse volunteer board. Diversity to Habitat Saskatchewan not only includes race and gender identity, but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and many other parts of one’s identity. All our employees’ and board members’ points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.

If you are interested in gaining more information about the volunteer opportunity or to apply, please contact board@habitatsask.ca.

 

Habitat for Humanity Canada has released the results of a new national survey revealing Canadians’ attitudes towards the affordable housing crisis in Canada and sheds light on the growing barriers to housing and homeownership. The Habitat for Humanity Canada Affordable Housing Survey, which measured the perceptions of Canadian homeowners and renters, also sheds light on the growing concerns and barriers to homeownership including lack of housing supply, increased cost of living, discrimination, NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) sentiment and more.

Habitat Canada’s Affordable Housing Survey finds housing affordability is a top concern for Canadians – the third most important issue facing the country today behind inflation and healthcare.

“This survey underscores how deeply concerned Canadians are about their housing situations and futures as affordable housing becomes increasingly out of reach,” says Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “To address these growing concerns and make affordable housing and homeownership a reality for all Canadians, we need an all-in approach from non-profits, corporate partners, individuals and all levels of government.” Click here to read the media release.

“In our work, we see firsthand how access to stable housing transforms futures and fosters resiliency across generations,” says Deans. “We must act now, and we must act together towards addressing the systemic barriers and creating sustainable solutions to achieve affordable housing for all.”

Click here to read more about Habitat Canada’s housing solutions.

About the survey

Habitat for Humanity Canada commissioned Leger’s online panel to survey 1501 Canadians between September 7th and September 17th, 2022. A probability sample of 1501 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.5%, 19 times out of 2.

Ta and Sah Blu tell us how they feel about becoming a Habitat partner family.  Please watch the video to get a tidbit about their story https://youtu.be/B2dpevbxh8s.

In the details below they give us a better understanding of what they went through in their life which is very compelling.  Partnering with this family and giving them the opportunity at homeownership was a no-brainer for Habitat Saskatchewan.

This is what Ta and Sah Blu wanted to share about their story:

“Forced to leave behind everything we knew, we escaped from the civil war in Myanmar. Displaced from our homes, we dreamed of growing roots again. Like you, we wanted the opportunity to build a normal life – have a job, own a home, and start a family.

After 14 long years in the refugee camp, one of our applications to immigrate to Canada was accepted and the other to the USA.  We were thrilled to be finally leaving the refugee camp, but now we were going to be separated from each other.

We never gave up on each other or the plans we had made. Our commitment to our dream kept us strong and we were reunited five years later.  We were so relieved to be together again, even if it meant sharing a small home with our parents and many siblings. There wasn’t much space for 10 people in the modest house, and soon there would be even less space as we were expecting our first child, Michelle.

When Michelle turned two years old, our second daughter, Milda, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. Most children with spina bifida have some weakness or paralysis in their legs. Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid around the brain, which squashes surrounding brain tissue. In some cases, this can cause spasms and brain damage.

Much of our hard-earned savings would have to go toward getting the equipment that Milda needed to grow and play comfortably. It seemed like owning a home would never be possible.

When we heard about Habitat’s homeownership program, we knew it would be just the little bit of support we needed to stand on our own, and we needed to get out of the house we were living in because it was not wheelchair accessible. It was amazing, when we met with Habitat, they told us they could help with our accessibility needs for Milda and could give us a chair lift as well.

We still remember the day we received the life-changing phone call. We had been accepted to become Habitat homeowners!

Knowing that our family will be safe, we never have to be apart again, and our kids will have the freedom to live their lives with security, means the world to us.  So, thank you so much for helping our family, our lives will be forever changed!”

We always have an opportunity to help someone like Ta and Sah Blu’s family.  There are many low-income families in Saskatchewan that are in need of a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.  The goal is to set these families up with a chance at homeownership in hopes that this will help their children be successful in their journey through life.

In order for us to continue to help families such as Ta and Sah Blu’s, our charity requires donations from the community, at our ReStores, and through organizations and corporate donations. Any donation big or small is appreciated and goes a long way – it takes a village!  If you feel connected to our mission and would like to donate to our organization, check out our donation section on our website https://habitatsaskatchewan.ca/donate/.

As seen on Habitat Canada’s news channel – https://habitat.ca/en/news

As we mark National Housing Day on November 22 and as the housing affordability crisis deepens and further divides Canadians, it is time for us to recognize that our communities are in trouble, with too many people struggling to stay properly housed.

Forty per cent of Canadians are concerned about being able to pay their rent or mortgage over the next 12 months, according to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Affordable Housing Survey. And four in five worry about having to spend less on food, savings, transportation and/or debt payments to pay for the roof over their heads.

Looking at generational differences, millennials are more than twice as likely as boomers to worry about paying rent or mortgages. Millennials make up the largest percentage of renters in Canada and they are the most pessimistic that Canada’s housing woes can be solved. That’s not too surprising, given that millennials are adults with young kids and established careers who expected that, by now, they would have the kinds of things their parents had – like an affordable home.

Now consider those most affected by the housing crisis – people who are finding it harder than ever to access stable, safe and affordable housing and put food on the table – and for whom homeownership has always been out of reach. Sixty-eight per cent of Canadian food bank users live in market rentals and, according to Food Banks Canada, they list housing costs as one of the top drivers of their food bank usage. It’s no wonder – the average rent in Canada was up 15.4 percent over the previous year, bringing the average monthly total to $2,024 a month.

Every aspect of the housing continuum – from homeless shelters to affordable housing, market rentals and homeownership – is under increasing strain, making it impossible for people to move along it. We must invest in all types of housing, and tackle the barriers to getting it built: zoning laws that don’t allow density and increased supply; municipal red tape that ties up developments, including affordable housing, for years; and the lack of affordable land. Municipalities that are increasing density, making it easier to build housing, and designating land for affordable housing will reap the benefits of having vibrant, prosperous and inclusive communities.

The issue of housing also divides neighbourhoods. Half of Canadians we asked felt that Not In My Backyard or NIMBY sentiment is one of the main barriers to making affordable housing available in neighborhoods, and 71 per cent agreed that ‘people worry about the impact of affordable housing on their property values and neighborhood’. Yet time and time again, studies show that well integrated affordable housing does not negatively affect property values and can actually benefit them. Canadians need to rethink their assumptions about what makes for a thriving neighbourhood and embrace the upsides of communities where everyone can live. After all, who wants to live in a place where vital and familiar services aren’t available because the staff they need have nowhere to live?

What Canadians do agree on is that housing matters. Let’s start there. We all need an affordable place to call home. And three-quarters of Canadians believe that more affordable housing could solve the social issues we are facing as a country. They’re right.  If we come together to address the housing crisis, we will be better positioned to solve other societal issues. Having access to a home with an affordable and stable cost – whether it is through rent or a mortgage – allows people to build financial stability. The experience of Habitat homeowners shows that when people no longer have to worry about whether to pay rent or put food on the table, they can focus on improving their economic opportunities, pursue additional education, and save for their child’s education. Knowing that 75 per cent of Canadians believe that too, is a hopeful sign that things will change.

We are a country of communities, and we all have a stake and a role to play in making our communities prosperous, welcoming, and inclusive, with safe and affordable homes for all. This is going to take an all-in approach from non-profits, businesses, and all levels of government, and the support and encouragement of individuals. We are all accountable for building better communities.

A better Canada begins with housing. And better housing begins with all of us.

Seasons Greeting from some of the staff at Habitat Saskatchewan!

Check out the link below to watch the video!

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CmZjhgZOeBn/?igshid=NWQ4MGE5ZTk%3D&fbclid=IwAR2UCTwN1V9NjR_FVjrAifjz8-mcCnhVRbx_YN8mZBcuTSgGayVoI_Vho4w

Holiday Hours Notice

Habitat Saskatchewan, including all ReStores and admin offices, will be CLOSED Saturday, December 24 through Monday, January 2.

We reopen admin & ReStores on Tuesday, January 3.

Happy holidays!

We wanted to thank everyone who has supported our charity and helped all of the families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing by giving you a fun ornament that you can print off and build your own Habitat home to add to your Christmas tree.

Directions on how to save and print off the ornament:

Please click on the image above and it will open up the ornament document, from there you will right-click and save it to your computer and then you will be able to print it off.

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No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, everyone can agree that this time of year should be a joyous and magical one for everyone in our community. You can be a part of the magic by donating today https://habitatsaskatchewan.ca/donate/

Thank you for your continued support!

Homeownership enriches the lives of families in countless ways, just like it has helped Ramona and her family. Stable housing decreases transiency among children, who do better in school and lessens stress in adults, who are able to focus on advancing their future. We are proud to share the impact of Conexus Credit Union’s one-million-dollar partnership with us and how it has benefited 170 children from 57 homes across the province. There’s still more work to be done as we enter the final year of our partnership, and we look forward to working together to build safe and affordable homes for families in need.

Thank you Conexus Credit Union!

Habitat for Humanity hands over 17 units to new homeowners!

“We were so happy and excited knowing that our family will be safe, and we never have to be a part again, and our kids will have the freedom to live their lives with security. It means the world to us.”

City councillor Terina Shaw (Ward 7) and Minister of Social Services Lori Carr also attended Monday’s event. Shaw spoke of how she empathizes with Moo and Ku, as she herself has experienced difficulty in finding and affording accessible housing. She said the story is “very dear to my heart.”

“I have a daughter with a wheelchair and, you know, just trying to find places that are accessible, trying to find the money to make things accessible was very, very difficult,” said Shaw.

During the announcement families living in the units came to join and take part in the announcement. People from all over the world are represented within the community. Children played on snowdrifts, parents spoke to one another and families sat and stood on the front steps leading to their homes.

“This seems to me like such a wonderful community. It’s not just a home, it’s a community,” said Shaw.

The project will see 62 families moved into homes that they will own. Denis Perrault, CEO HFH Saskatchewan, said the project, which started back in 2016, currently houses around 150 people.

Check out the full article here:

https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/habitat-for-humanity-hands-over-17-units-to-new-homeowners

Habitat Saskatchewan is so grateful!
Thank you ISC for the current donation of $25,000! In total, ISC has given Habitat Saskatchewan $75,000 over 3 years and this final amount brings us so much JOY!!!
If it wasn’t for organizations like this, helping families in our communities across the province gain affordable housing would not be possible!
The more people give, the more homes we can build and the families we can serve! So, thank you so much for being a part of our mission and vision!

Take a listen here:

https://iono.fm/e/1169235?fbclid=IwAR1qMm8W8kLE63IrbYEgrm4_qjg-R5VMIz89gYqjHUKb9cR_KAvsDqTrBqM

 

John Gormley from 650 CKOM speaks to our Chief Executive Officer, Denis Perrault today to discuss all things amazing about our charity! Thanks, John, for giving us that opportunity!  

Some of the important topics they discussed are fundraising, volunteering, and what Habitat is all about.  Habitat is always looking for volunteers to come out to our 3 ReStores and help us by working in our customer service environment.  We are grateful that people in our communities have still supported us and given donations even while we were in a pandemic!

If it wasn’t for volunteers, community partners, and donations from people in our communities, our dream of helping people in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing would not be possible.

In January of 2021 Habitat Regina, Habitat Saskatoon, and Habitat Prince Albert merged to become one Habitat, Habitat Saskatchewan! The goal is to be able to unify our efforts to serve more families in our communities across the province.  

We hope that this message and our mission hits HOME for you and that you would want to make Habitat your charity of choice.  We value every dollar, every moment we spend helping people in our communities, and every person that comes out to support what we do.  

If you want to know more about us or how you can help, please give us a call at 306-347-4673.

Thanks for listening! 

Thank you, FCC for choosing Habitat Saskatchewan as a worthy recipient of a donation of $3,000.00 to support our goal of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership in our communities across the province.
This means the world to us!
Over the years FCC has also been there for us by volunteering their time on our build site! What a fun way to build relationships with your team!
At FCC, they care about the communities where their customers and employees live and work. Each year, FCC supports numerous registered charities, non-profit organizations, and schools. Corporate social responsibility guides how they operate and it helps them to achieve their goals as well.
We are in this together and we appreciate the support and partnership!

Check out this article: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2022/new-homes-support-most-vulnerable-regina

Regina, Saskatchewan, March 10, 2022

Everyone in Canada deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Affordable housing is key to Canada’s pandemic recovery for communities across the country, including in Regina.Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, was joined by Tara Osipoff, Executive Vice-President, Avana, and Nicki Ackerman, CEO of Avana Foundation Inc., to announce a federal investment of $30.8 million to support the construction of new housing through the National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF), representing the largest federal investment in affordable housing through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) for the city of Regina.Located on Trombley Street, the three-storey, wood-frame apartment building will be comprised of 116 units, with 39 units of affordable housing dedicated for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Building amenities include 117 electrified surface parking stalls, as well as an onsite turf play area, and a playground in the interior courtyard for children to play.

The building will be owned and operated by Avana Foundation Inc., the non-profit arm of the Avana, a real estate development and property management company based in Regina. Established in 2019, the Avana Foundation Inc. was created to provide affordable housing and give back to the western Canadian communities where they operate.

Construction of the Trombley Street project is currently underway and will begin welcoming residents in spring 2023.

This investment by the Government of Canada was made possible by the National Housing Strategy’s (NHS) National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF).