Innovative Fundraising Partnership
Manitoba Lotteries and Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg (HFHW) reached a milestone in 2010 when the 25th home was completed through the Manitoba Lotteries Legacy Build program. This achievement is especially notable because it represents a partnership that is unique in Canada.
The Legacy Build program was created by Manitoba Lotteries in 2008 as a self-sustaining funding model. Through the program, Manitoba Lotteries commits to provide up to half a million dollars annually to build homes for lower-income working families in Habitat for Humanity communities across the province. Developed as a five-year program, the corporate commitment of up to $2.5 million is based on matched funding raised within the community. This approach encourages additional community support for Habitat projects and has the potential to create $5 million in funding over the life of the program.
CMHC provided Seed Funding for Minto Street, the first development created through the Legacy Build program funds.
The Legacy Build Fund will create long-term benefits because mortgage payments received from Legacy Build homeowners are reinvested into building more homes. These proceeds will potentially contribute to helping more than 200 families acquire safe and affordable housing by 2058. The children of these families will have brighter futures — meaning the life-altering results of this program will truly be far-reaching.
The support provided by this unique partnership has allowed HFH Winnipeg to expand its program to build affordable homes throughout Manitoba, except in Brandon where there is already an active affiliate. HFHW has already established satellite operations known as chapters in Selkirk, Portage la Prairie and Steinbach. Several other communities in Manitoba have also expressed an interest in becoming part of the Habitat program.
“The Legacy Build Fund exemplifies a truly sustainable, community-driven approach that meets the goals of our partner and the communities we jointly serve,” said Winston Hodgins, President and CEO of Manitoba Lotteries.
Manitoba Lotteries Corporation establishes a Legacy Build Fund for Habitat for Humanity communities across Manitoba.