Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on McNeil Street

Habitat for Humanity Team

Habitat for Humanity NL (HFHNL) started construction on 30 McNeil Street with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

"The City to St. John's is pleased to see shovels in the ground on this new build," said Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth. "Ensuring affordable homes are available to individuals is a key priority for the City and we are glad to support an initiative such as this one that will benefit a family in need."

“We are very pleased to be partnered with the City of St. John’s to get this new build moving,” said Sandra Whiffen, Executive Director with Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador "We mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership, it’s a hand up, not a hand out, where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live.”

Habitat for Humanity partner families purchase their homes with a down payment of 500 hours of sweat equity, and an interest-free mortgage at fair market value.  The mortgage funds become part of the revolving Habitat for Humanity fund for humanity, which will, in turn, build homes with other partner families.  Since 1994 Habitat has helped over 50 families attain home ownership in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Labrador City, Paradise, Clarenville, Happy Valley Goose Bay with a new build just started in Corner Brook and now McNeil Street.

 For details on this project, visit the Habitat for Humanity website.