Habitat home dedication for Canada’s 150th

Habitat Niagara photo – Scott, Kory and their two children prepare to open the door to their new home Friday at the Habitat for Humanity Niagara Home Dedication Ceremony.

A local Fort Erie family’s dream of owning their own home came true today during Habitat Niagara’s Home Dedication Ceremony. Scott, Kory and their two children will be neighbours to Rocio, Carlos and their four children who purchased a Habitat home last year.

“The children have already become friends, playing with each other when their family visited their house during the build,” said Sandy Rempel, Habitat Niagara’s Family Services Manager. “The neighbours have told us that they are so pleased to hear children’s laughter in the neighbourhood again.”

This home was built in partnership with the community and local youth, and celebrates Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Indigenous Housing Program initiative as well as the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Scott and Kory’s new house is part of the exciting national Carter Work Project which will see 150 homes built across Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

“Families are the heart of every house we build, and this house was an important build for Habitat Niagara,” explains Alastair Davis, Habitat Niagara’s CEO. “We were thrilled to be working with other Habitat’s across Canada to support the 34th Carter Work Project. This is the largest most ambitious initiative in Habitat for Humanity Canada’s history – thanks to all of the volunteers, build participants, sponsors and donors, for helping us continue to build stronger communities.”

Scott, Kory and their children can’t wait to have friends and family over for home cooked Sunday meals in their new home.

Owning a Habitat home isn’t as simple as getting the keys and moving into a new home. Qualified families purchase their Habitat home at fair market value with an affordable, no down-payment, no-interest mortgage for 15 years. In addition, habitat homeowners are required to commit 500 ‘sweat-equity’ hours, helping build their house alongside community participants. Homeowners also pay property taxes on their home, contributing to the local economy.

Habitat would like to thank their other home sponsors and partners for their generous support and contributions to this build: Town of Fort Erie; Hugh James Corcoran Trust Fund; BLUKAP Foundation; Ontario Realtors Care Foundation; United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie; RBC Foundation; Niagara Region; McDonalds; JW Furness, Pollard Windows and Doors; Cotton Inc.; Canadian Niagara Power; Circle P Paving; Dave Wiens Construction; Milestone Construction and the Niagara Volunteer Framing Crew.

Source – Habitat for Humanity Niagara press release

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