Two Niagara Falls families get new Habitat homes for the holidays

15 Dec
Two Families. J P G

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Just in time for the holidays, two local families have become the newest Habitat Niagara homeowners in Niagara Falls. Habitat for Humanity Niagara turned over the keys to Amy and Michael and their five children and Mohammad and Latifa and their four children.

This was Habitat Niagara’s second Women Build project which saw more than 400 women from across Niagara, and beyond, building these two Habitat homes, alongside the new homeowner families, since August. A Habitat Women Build is not about excluding men on the build site, but providing a welcoming environment for women to participate and learn home construction skills.

“These Home Dedication Ceremonies are a chance for us to celebrate the completion of these homes,” 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 brighter futures for these two families to flourish.”

Having moved multiple times in the last few years, living in crowded and poor housing conditions, Michael and Amy are looking forward to a having permanent home that their children will forever call home. The children can’t wait to have more space in which to be able to play. Michael and Amy feel their children will benefit from a safe and healthy home, “and while they are already good students, they will be able to focus better at school and grow up with a better sense of responsibility.”

The second home is an accessible home, designed to accommodate the needs of one of the children and is the first accessible home designed and built directly by Habitat Niagara. Mohammad and Latifa currently reside in a two-bedroom apartment where their life is limited to a small space with their four children. Their son has cerebral palsy and is fully wheelchair dependent, which has been challenging in their non-accessible apartment. There have been many instances when the elevator in their apartment has broken and their son was not able to leave the apartment unless Mohammad was there to first carry the motorized wheelchair down the stairs and then his son. Mohammad and Latifa feel that owning their own accessible house will be a dream come true, one that is important to all of their children’s futures.

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.

Habitat would like to thank their home sponsors and partners for such generous support and contributions to these homes: the City of Niagara Falls; Niagara Region; Newstalk 610 CKTB; 105.7 EZ Rock; John Deere; MacIntosh & Villella Realty Team; Realty Executives; Carrie Lewis, Royal LePage; Royal LePage Niagara; Brock University; ncCommunity Niagara Casinos; Modern Crane; Cotton Inc.; Distinctive Designs & Cabinetry; Niagara Volunteer Framing Crews; Unique Kitchens of Burlington; Curves Niagara; Circle P Paving; Pollard Windows and Doors; Halstead International; Allure Flooring; Super 8 Hotel; Reliance Home Comfort; Davey Tree; Graybar Electrical; Dan Bouchard; Fonthill Paint & Decorating; Regional Signal Inc; Peninsula Flooring; and Dave Wiens Construction.

Download full media release here.

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


Additional Resources

Homes for the Holidays (video), Your TV Niagara

Two Falls families get Habitat homes, Niagara Falls Review

'Emotionally overwhelming' key handoff for Habitat families, Niagara this Week