Habitat Families Celebrate New Homes in Georgina
July 15, 2021
Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada's recovery, as people in Canadian communities, including the town of Georgina, are still having trouble finding safe and affordable housing.
Today, Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for CMHC, along with Margaret Quirk, Mayor of Georgina, Julia Deans, President and CEO for Habitat for Humanity Canada, and Ene Underwood, CEO at Habitat for Humanity GTA, attended the virtual celebration.
Parliamentary Secretary Adam Vaughan announced a $600,000 investment from the federal government that supported the construction of the new two-storey townhomes in Georgina to help six families realize their dreams of homeownership.
This investment by the Government of Canada was made possible through the CMHC and Habitat for Humanity Canada three-year $32.4 million partnership under the National Housing Strategy's (NHS) National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF).
The National Housing Strategy's NHCF gives priority to projects that help those in greatest need, including women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addictions, Veterans and young adults.
The Habitat for Humanity model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people who face barriers to homeownership and would not otherwise qualify for a traditional mortgage. Local Habitat for Humanity organizations in every province and territory across Canada help build and rehabilitate decent and affordable homes, from single-family houses to multi-unit developments. With the help of volunteers and donors, Habitat helps families build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage geared to their income. Safe, decent and affordable homeownership plays a critical role in helping families build a foundation for a life with better choices and more opportunities.
"Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need which is why we are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity to make a real difference in the lives of families here in Georgina and everywhere in Canada. This is something our government is, and will always champion." -- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
"Our government believes that every Canadian deserves a safe place to call home. Across the country, we are working with Habitat to build the safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy and sustainable communities. Here in Georgina, the investments in these new homes will make a real difference in the lives of six hard-working families, a place they can proudly call their own." -- Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York
"Today marks a special day for six families in Georgina. To them, I want to say -- 'congratulations, and welcome home.' The pandemic has highlighted a great need in our community for affordable housing, and today, these families are receiving keys to their very own homes. Georgina Council is thankful to be working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity who continue to serve a great need in so many communities. Your efforts and commitment are appreciated and applauded." -- Margaret Quirk, Mayor, Town of Georgina
"The impact of the pandemic continues to be acutely felt by families living with low income, pushing homeownership further out of their reach. Partnerships, such as our unique relationship with CMHC, ensures that we can address this gap through housing investments that transform people's futures, strengthen communities and foster resilience and stability." -- Julia Deans, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada
"Today, six new Habitat homeowners now have a solid home base: a platform for success at school and work and for upward mobility from one generation to the next. Habitat for Humanity GTA is pleased to be recognized as a critical part of the affordable housing solution in our communities. Our government partnerships help offset the costs of land and fees, allowing us to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for hard-working families like the six at our Dalton Road community." -- Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA