A pair of good news announcements yesterday will help address some outstanding issues that have been the subject of recent headlines in this city — affordable housing and the Brandon Municipal Airport.
The newly revamped Habitat for Humanity Brandon made its formal partnership with the Assiniboine Community College official on Thursday morning, announcing the joint construction of a home in the fall of 2014.
Students in ACC’s construction trades programs will begin the construction of a home “from the floor boards up” at the institution’s North Hill campus, as part of their curriculum. Carpentry and woodworking, plumbing, and construction electrician students will each have a hand in the process.
Once the home is completed, it will be moved to its permanent foundation in Brandon for finishing work.
The construction of the home will still require the purchasing family to provide the necessary “sweat equity” part of the deal.
As we reported previously, it’s hoped this partnership could see ACC incorporate a ready-to-move build each year as part of its trades curriculum.
This would be in addition to Habitat building a second home in the traditional method — bringing out community volunteers to complete the goal, which is part and parcel of the Habitat for Humanity model.
The previous incarnation of Habitat in Brandon built 22 homes over the 17 years it was in operation — that’s about 1.29 homes per year. We don’t see any reason that the new Brandon Habitat chapter won’t be able to go above and beyond the good building record created by Brandon’s previous Habitat affiliate.
This is a very strong start to Habitat’s rebirth in Brandon, and a highly welcome one — not just for ACC students who will gain valuable and fulfilling hands-on work experience, but also for the families who will no doubt benefit from this partnership.