Habitat for Humanity holding another Ladysmith meeting Sept. 22

Jan Christenson lets the community know that Habitat for Humanity is holding a meeting for potential partner families Sept. 22 in Ladysmith.

Editor:

Does Ladysmith really have an affordable housing shortage?

Up until Sun., Sept. 9, I had definitely thought that we did. When I served as an elected official from 2002-08, our council was regularly challenged to try to figure out how to provide housing that fell into an “affordable” range. As a local realtor, I’m often questioned about the price levels of homes in and around our town — much too high, I’m told.

On Aug. 29, the Chronicle printed a wonderful, heart-warming story about Teresa Battle and her family moving onward and upward and how they’ve generously donated their home back to Habitat for Humanity — they are indeed a perfect example of how Habitat can make an amazing difference in people’s lives.

For three weeks, Habitat had a notice in the local paper telling residents that this home would now be available for another Ladysmith family and provided the place and times to attend information meetings. There have also been posters in numerous locations giving details of where and when to attend these meetings regarding applying for an opportunity to purchase the home. These posters were in many public areas.

I find it really difficult to believe that only three, yes three, families are in need of quality affordable housing in Ladysmith.

On Thurs., Sept. 6, three families attended the session at Eagles Hall. On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, no one arrived for information. Quite incredible! And extremely disappointing as well.

I will admit that getting information out into the community can be difficult at best, BUT I also find it hard to believe that such a small number of potential Habitat home owners knew of or could attend either of these meetings. What a shame, to put it bluntly.

Habitat will be planning another Ladysmith meeting, now scheduled for Sat., Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.. at the Eagles Hall on French Street.

If you won’t be able to attend this meeting and would like information regarding making application for Habitat home ownership, please call Habitat’s Nanaimo office at 250-758-8078 or visit Habitat for Humanity’s website. You are also welcome to e-mail me at janchris@shaw.ca with any questions you have. I would be only too happy to help where I can.

This is an amazing opportunity for qualified families. There is no down payment required, and the mortgage is interest-free — resulting in a savings of tens of thousands of dollars for the homeowner over the life of the mortgage.

Don’t miss out on the chance of a lifetime to actually own your own home!

Jan Christenson

On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island