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“We believe that our new mortgage offer is a good one that gives partner families the same affordability we have always provided as well as new and increased benefits,” Bruce said Tuesday. “However, we recognize that we could have done better in communicating not only the change, but the many steps we took to make sure it was a good offer for families.”
In response, the families said they are optimistic Habitat Edmonton’s position to move to mediation “could potentially result in a fair and just outcome for the families,” according to a statement posted to their lawyer’s website.
However, they would like to see Habitat Edmonton commit to a number of public assurances as a condition to mediation. This includes cancelling “all evictions, equity clawbacks, eviction notices, equity clawback notices, settlement proposals, releases agreements, and related offers, agreements, and notices made to the Partnership Families.”
But, Bruce said no evictions have been planned and no families currently renting the homes will be asked to leave during the discussions and mediation.
“Habitat Edmonton is communicating that to any family that was informed otherwise,” Bruce said. “We would also like to confirm that families involved in the litigation who have signed a release or entered into the mortgage application process will have an opportunity to reconsider and to participate in the mediation process if they choose to do so.”
Bruce said a new interim leader of Habitat Edmonton will be announced soon.