Habitat for Humanity Okanagan will officially welcome eight Okanagan families to their new homes with a key ceremony, thanks to an army of community partners and volunteers that have worked tirelessly to help us reach this milestone.
These new homeowners will be the first of 12 families who will call the community of Lake Country home.
Habitat Okanagan’s key ceremony will coincide with World Habitat Day Oct. 3, a day observed on the first Monday every October since it was first declared by the United Nations in 1985. World Habitat Day is intended to bring global attention to the basic human right to adequate shelter.
The problem of housing affordability in the Okanagan is a reality, and real action is needed. As the affordability crisis worsens, the urgency for more affordable housing goes hand in hand. Each of the families being welcomed to their new homes in Lake Country represent the solution to this growing housing need.
For Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, this year’s World Habitat Day is especially important because it is a crucial reminder everyone in our community has a right to a place to live.
“A key ceremony is a symbolic event when new Habitat families are presented with the keys to their homes,” says Andrea Manifold, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. “Seeing the joy and happiness and the smiles on every homeowner’s face when they grasp their keys and open their door to a better future is a wondrous event because we know safe, decent, and affordable homeownership plays a critical role in helping families build a better foundation for a lifetime.”
Habitat Okanagan thanks the wonderful supporters who helped build the project from the ground up, including Harmony Homes, the general contractor, and all the organizations that participated in team build days, as well as individuals who volunteered their time in any way possible and the many tradespeople who kept the project progressing through some challenging times.
As with every home dedication, Habitat for Humanity Okanagan will welcome its community partners and build volunteers to celebrate the event.
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