Habitat for Humanity builds homes that are simple, safe and affordable because we believe everyone deserves a decent place to call home
Habitat for Humanity builds homes that are affordable by using 95% volunteer labour; this reduces the cost of construction significantly. We also receive generous gifts in kind from local companies, affording us even more savings on material costs.
The majority of our homes are infill projects and are traditionally located in Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods. We strive to build homes that maintain the look and feel of their surrounding neighborhood. By building family homes in core neighborhoods Habitat increases land value and contributes to positive community development.
Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon has recently committed to build only multi-unit dwellings. Due to the high cost of land, it is prohibitive to build single unit dwellings and maintain affordability. In building multi-units, we can provide home ownership for more families and create long-term energy savings for our partner families in the process.
Habitat for Humanity builds homes which are environmentally friendly. We use Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for all our foundations, as well as incorporate Heat Recovery Ventilation systems (HRV). We are currently working with a Green Building Advisor, and the University of Saskatchewan to find ways we can implement further green building practices without sacrificing affordability. By building energy efficient homes we help to keep home ownership cost lower for our partner families and reduce overall energy consumption in our community. We are trying to create a more sustainable Saskatoon one home at a time.