Today (Mon), a Yorkton family was given the keys to the latest home from Habitat for Humanity.
Tanya Fleury and her two children are now owners of a raised bungalow with four bedrooms and a basement that will be developed with an additional bedroom to accommodate family growth.
Fleury is excited for the day that she and her family can move in, especially after spending some of her own time working on the home.
“I started when they first got the boards up, the cement, and the floor,” she explained. “The last time I was here was actually on Friday I did painting, so as it progressed I’ve been here.”
“I’m happy that the boys finally each get to have their own room,” she added. “I have a teenager and a young man that as much as they love each other, they still need their space.”
This is Yorkton Habitat for Humanity’s 9th home built.
A news release from the province notes the project was funded through a $65,000 partnership between the federal and provincial governments through the Canada-Saskatchewan bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy. The release also says the home was built through a partnership between Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre and Habitat.
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, said George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, in the release. “Our government is committed to providing housing for families here in Yorkton and across the country. Through our combined efforts with Habitat Saskatchewan, a single mom and her family now have a place to call their very own that will contribute to their economic and social well-being for many years to come. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”
“Through the generosity, commitment and hard work of Habitat Saskatchewan and local businesses and donors, a Yorkton family now has a beautiful new home to serve as the foundation to create memories, reach their goals and build an even brighter future in their community,” Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said. “We appreciate their support as our government works to make affordable housing more accessible and to support families in housing need.”
“Having you own home, or castle as I always say, is an incredible moment in anyone’s life,” Yorkton Mayor Mitch Hippsley said. “The stability, comfort and safety a home creates impacts families in such a positive way it is beyond words. To those who selflessly gave your time, resources, diligence and commitment to improve a family’s life is beyond measure. The City of Yorkton is built by people like you and this is what community is all about. Yorkton is fortunate to have such a caring organization like Habitat help those in need, and this project could not have happened without the businesses who have stepped up to the plate to offer their materials and time. This is a true example of commitment to better our community. On behalf of City Council, we offer our heartfelt congratulations and hope we can continue to witness many more successful projects into the future.”
“It is incredible to see the hard work and dedication from our Yorkton Chapter Volunteer committee and the Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre build program,” Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan Chief Executive Officer Denis Perrault said. “Without their help we wouldn’t have been able to build our ninth home in Yorkton and support this very deserving family. Knowing that the community of Yorkton comes together to help a single mom in need of safe and affordable housing means the world to Habitat Saskatchewan. Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, community partners, volunteers and staff. Your endless contributions make a critical difference to our ability to build homes and help families that need a stable place to call home.”