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Habitat for Humanity to build Ash Street subdivision

A proposal to build six “affordable” single-family houses on a site once eyed for an addictions recovery house took another step forward Tuesday.

Government officials gathered at 8180 Ash St. to announce a partnership between the province and Habitat for Humanity to get the project built.

The government is transferring the publicly-owned property to Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver to allow six families to become first-time homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity partners with families to build affordable housing through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials. Houses are sold to partner families with no down-payment and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages.

To qualify, families invest 500 hours of their own labour into building their own house and those of other families.

Each home will include a rental suite as a mortgage-helper, according to a news release.

Richmond council approved a development permit for the project on Sept. 12, 2011, but the 25,069-square-foot lot has since vacant ever since.

No timetable for the project was announced.

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