Habitat Homeowner Family Gets Keys to their New Home

18 May
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GRIMSBY, ON – When Eduardo and Vanesa began their search to purchase a house more than seven years ago, their budget would only allow for houses that were in need of a lot of repairs. They wanted a healthier environment for their children where they could thrive and be proud of where they lived.

“We couldn’t afford a house that was in good shape, the market has changed and the cost is high,” said Eduardo. “We were shown a lot of old houses that needed a lot of fixing. I felt hopeless to find a good house for our family.”

As their dream of owning a home started to fade, their real estate agent recommended that they apply to Habitat for Humanity’s affordable homeownership program. Once they qualified and were then accepted, their dream started to become a reality. “It was a blessing from above, God has answered our prayers,” said Vanesa.

Today, Eduardo, Vanesa and their three children are proud homeowners in Grimsby as Habitat for Humanity Niagara celebrated the completion of its 54th house during a Home Dedication Ceremony.

“This Home Dedication Ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate the completion of constructing this house,” said Alastair Davis, Habitat Niagara’s CEO. “But more importantly to thank our donors, Build Day participants, supporters and volunteers who came together to build a foundation for Eduardo and Vanesa’s family to flourish.”

Habitat doesn’t give its houses to families. Qualified families purchase their Habitat home with an affordable,
no-down payment, 0% interest mortgage for 15 years. Homeowners also pay property taxes on their home, contributing to the local economy. Additionally, Habitat homeowners are required to commit 500 hours of ‘sweat-equity’, helping to build their homes alongside Build Day participants who fundraise to be on the build site.

The John Deere Foundation of Canada was the title sponsor of this home donating $75,000 and the use of its plant for employees to build the wall panels inside during the winter. Vera Engel-Ricer made a generous donation in memory of her husband, Sam Ricer, that provided resources for Habitat Niagara to secure the lot in which the house was built on, and Grimsby Rotary @Noon and Grimsby Benevolent Fund each donated $10,000 to help fund the build.

Habitat would like to thank their other home sponsors and partners for their generous support and contributions to this build: the Town of Grimsby; Niagara Region; Niagara Regional Housing; Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Cotton Inc.; Niagara Volunteer Framing Crew; and Provincial Millwork Inc.

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Click here to see photos of the build and Home Dedication Ceremony.


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