Habitat for Humanity Kamloops is looking for families to place in a trio of homes that recently became available to the organization in its affordable homeownership program.
The homes, all duplexes, include a three-bedroom abode with two full baths and a single-car garage, a four-bedroom place with three full baths, a family room and a single-car garage and a five-bedroom unit with three full baths, family room and a single-car garage.
The duplexes are in Westsyde — at 3143, 3151 and 3153 Westsyde Rd. — and were built within the past five years
The three homes were originally occupied by other families placed there by Habitat for Humanity Kamloops, but all three families left after less than a year for various reasons.
“It was unexpected,” executive director Bill Miller said.
Though the properties have been vacant since earlier this year, the local branch of Habitat for Humanity waited for the national office to sort out some changes in how it handled the financing of properties before moving forward with the family-selection process, which has now begun.
“We’re going to be trying to gear applications to larger families for the four- and five-bedroom units,” Miller said. “Not to say that we’re going to preclude anybody.”
Habitat homes are normally built for the specific families who will be living in them, with family members putting in 500 hours of sweat equity during the construction phase.
Though the three houses are already built, Miller said 500 hours of sweat equity will still be required of families chosen to live in the homes.
There haven’t been many homes built in Kamloops in recent years as Habitat for Humanity hasn’t had access to land.
The organization is looking for single-parent families and families with children. Applicants must be legal residents of Canada who have lived in Kamloops for at least one year.
Homes are sold to partner families with special provisions, including no down payment and an interest-free mortgage. Partner families must demonstrate a need for the home, an ability pay for it and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.
Application forms can be found online at habitatkamloops.com/build, at the ReStore at 1425 Cariboo Pl. in Southgate, by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling 250-314-6783.
There is no deadline for applications as Habitat will continue to sort through applications until it finds the three families for the homes.
“We’re excited about finding three more families,” Miller said. “It would be a heck of a Christmas present for somebody.”