Habitat Day celebrated with new fundraising campaign: Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon trying to raise $100K in 100 days

Reported by Trelle Burdeniuk, NewsTalk 980 CJME October 7, 2013 - The United Nations has declared the first Monday of October World Habitat Day and Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon is using the opportunity to emphasize the need for more affordable housing."In Saskatoon, it's said that there's over 5,900 people that don't have access to that safe, decent, affordable housing," said Tara Martin, resource development officer with Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon.

Martin said over the past three years, their organization has seen the demand for Habitat homes increase. At the most recent information session put on by Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon, more than 190 families attended.

One of the families currently in the process of getting their own home in Saskatoon is the Clancy family.

"For us it would be a big help. One of our family members was ill this last year and so for our family specifically, it'll mean that it'll be easier on our family to live everyday life," said Mandie Clancy.

Clancy, her husband and their three kids are very excited to move into their new home likely in the spring of 2014.

Right now, it is under construction and some extra money is needed to complete it.

Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon has launched a new fundraising campaign to help finish the Clancy's home and start another one.

"We're asking for 100 women to contribute $1,000 each and build a home for a family," Martin said.

Martin said the goal is to raise $100,000 in the next 100 days.

Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon has built more than 50 homes in the city. Their goal is to be building 20 a year by 2020.

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