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Two families become newest Habitat homeowners

May 17, 2024 1:03 am | Homeownership, Media Releases

THOROLD, ON – Two new families are the proud owners of a safe, stable and affordable place to call home, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Habitat for Humanity Niagara, their community partners, and volunteers. These latest homes mark the fourth and fifth homes completed by Habitat Niagara in Thorold within the last year, with three single-family homes built in 2023.

Luciano, Tatiana and their children were living in cramped conditions and couldn’t afford to find a place that was large enough for their growing family. “This is an opportunity for our children to have a better space to grow up in,” said Luciano.

Steve and Margarita found out about the homeownership program through Margarita’s volunteer work at Habitat. “Having a safe and affordable home will provide a lot of groundwork and stability for our future,” said Steve. “It will also provide a future home to leave for our daughter.”

Being a Habitat homeowner doesn’t mean that you receive a free home. Habitat’s affordable homeownership program offers working families the opportunity to purchase a safe and affordable home by partnering with Habitat for Humanity.

“Our new homeowner families have worked very hard to get to this point,” said Mark Carl, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Niagara. “They have contributed to the construction of their homes, finished 500 hours of volunteering, and participated in workshops to equip themselves for the moment when we hand over the keys.”

Since 2019, the Government of Canada has made a total funding commitment of $670,000 through the Affordable Housing Fund under the National Housing Strategy towards Habitat Niagara projects, including these homes.

“The National Housing Strategy in collaboration with partners like Habitat for Humanity is creating safe and affordable housing options for Canadians,” said Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, Ontario. “I am thrilled to see the outcome of our work here in Thorold, where two families are celebrating moving into their new homes. I wish them all the happiness and success as they start this new adventure in their lives.”

In March 2023, the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada announced an additional $25 million investment to build 500 new affordable homes across Canada over the next three years. This brings the total federal investment in Habitat for Humanity to $80.8 million through the Government of Canada’s Affordable Housing Fund.

“Our future is bright, we wake up with a spring in our step knowing that we have support from our community,” said Steve. “If I can say one thing it’s thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Habitat Niagara would like to thank the many generous supporters who have helped turn these homes into a reality for two families, including: Government of Canada, Cairnwood Homes, Cotton Inc., Kraun Electric, Oakridge Cabinets, Wise Guys Charity Fund, Kenmore Homes, Dave Wiens Construction, Benchwood Builders, Upper Canada Consultants, Russell Technical Services, Meridian Credit Union, Abatement Technologies, RONA Doidge Building Centres, Pollard Windows & Doors, Coca-Cola Bottling Limited, Walker Industries, Vaultra Storage, DKI Miller Restoration Niagara, AJT Roofing and Contracting, South Coast Garage Doors, H2Only, and Cravings by Jayne.

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About Habitat for Humanity Niagara

Habitat for Humanity Niagara is a non-profit organization that brings our community together to help families build strength, stability and independence through safe and affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers and generous donors, Habitat Niagara builds decent and affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for people to build better, healthier lives. Established locally in 1993, Habitat Niagara has constructed 75 homes in Niagara, serving 82 families and creating stable and secure housing for more than 279 children.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara proudly owns and operates three local ReStores in Fonthill, Grimsby and St. Catharines. Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a social enterprise retailer that accepts and resells donations of new and used furniture, appliances, décor, home improvement items and building materials. All proceeds from operations fund Habitat for Humanity Niagara and help build homes in the community for those in need of a safe place to call home.

For more information, please visit www.habitatniagara.ca

Mark Carl
CEO, Habitat for Humanity Niagara
mark@habitatniagara.ca

Micaal Ahmed
Office of the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
micaal.ahmed@infc.gc.ca

Click here to see photos from the event and this build!

Additional Resources

Habitat For Humanity Keys Presentation | YourTV

Habitat for Humanity turns over keys to new homeowners in Thorold South – Thorold Today

Habitat for Humanity turns over keys to new homeowners – Pelham Today

Two families become newest Habitat homeowners – myPelham (myniagaraonline.com)

Habitat for Humanity turns over keys to new homeowners in Thorold South – NOTL Local