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HFHWB First Rebuild Project Pushed Back, Others Expected to Start in Coming Months

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
HFHWB First Rebuild Project Pushed Back, Others Expected to Start in Coming Months

Construction in Wood Buffalo, Spring 2017 // Harvard Broadcasting Reporter Jaryn Vecchio

Multiple rebuilds are expected to be started by Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo this year.

Their first rebuild project is expected to start late next week in Beacon Hill, after delays in getting their building permit.

This is a part of the 150 Builds across Canada celebrating the country’s 150th year of independence.

Executive Director of HFHWB Crystal Lewis-Wilton tells Mix News the home is being built for a couple who were having a tough time trying to rebuild on their own.

“They didn’t have insurance so when it went their hopes of rebuilding were pretty limited going into this.”

Lewis-Wilton says work is expected to last around four months but it could be done a sooner as they are adding additional work days to get the family in as quickly as possible.

She adds they’re planning to start multiple projects throughout the summer.

“We’re looking to have six starts by the end of the season and of course those that aren’t finished we’ll continue working on in the winter.”

Their second project will also be built in Beacon Hill, starting in mid-August. The next rebuild will start around September in Abasand while the fourth project is expected to start in October in Stone Creek.

The other two are still being planned.

Meanwhile, this is the second project HFHWB has taken on since the wildfire, the first being a home in Waterways for a single mother and her four kids. This build was scheduled for last May, being delayed by the wildfire, excluding it from being a rebuilding project.

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