Habitat Canada’s biggest build project ever
Collingwood, ON January 20, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay is proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project – Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever – to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
The Carter Work Project will take place in every province and territory, and over 40 communities including Collingwood, with former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Habitat South Georgian Bay is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity International and the Carters to help bring this project to Canada by committing to build homes to help reach the goal of 150 homes. Thousands of volunteers will be helping to build alongside future Habitat homeowners right across the country, and Habitat South Georgian Bay is excited to be a part of this Canada-wide project to bring affordable home ownership to more families in need.
“We are excited to be part of the activities related to hosting President and Mrs. Carter and are grateful for their support of empowering communities through affordable homeownership” said Joy Fleury, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay. “These homes will provide low-income families with the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life.”
Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay has purchased land in Collingwood for this year’s build and are accepting applications from families who want to be home owners. Brochures and applications are being distributed to Simcoe County students in grades K – 3 through the school this week and are also available at the ReStore at 155 Sandford Fleming Drive, Collingwood.
Habitat is also holding an Open House on Monday, February 13 at the Erie Street Community Church for families interested in learning more about the Home Ownership Program. “If you have financial restraints and owning a home seems out of reach, but is something you want for your family, we may have an option for you” said Fleury “drop by anytime between 4 – 8 pm, light refreshments will be provided and we can answer any questions you have, help you complete an application or see if the program is right for you – it could be life-changing for your family.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-446-9542 for more information.
People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development.
Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay will be dedicating their 2017 build project to the Carter Work Project and in Celebration of Canada’s 150th year. Habitat will be holding an information session in late February about their newest build project – come see how you can be involved.
Habitat would also like you to participate in their “sponsor a stud” fundraising campaign. What is a Habitat Stud? It’s a 2×4 or 2×6 wooden board used to frame the exterior and interior walls of a Habitat home. Companies, individuals, churches and schools can ‘sponsor a stud’ with a donation to Habitat then decorate it, brand it… get creative! Habitat will then build it into the homes and once the studs are incorporated, you can even stop by the build to help out and search out your sponsored stud. Your donation has a lasting effect for low-income families in your community. Contact email@example.com or 705-446-9542 to get involved or for more information.
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.
The 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is about neighbours helping neighbours. People will have an opportunity to get involved in their local community to help more families have a safe, affordable and decent place to live in. Visit habitat.ca/cwp to learn more about the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project across Canada.
About Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay
Established in 2002, Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay is a non-profit, faith-based housing organization. We welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with hard-working families living in substandard housing. Families purchase Habitat homes through a no-down payment, no-interest mortgage with payments set at 25 percent of gross income. This solution not only helps to provide housing for families in need, it enables them to build assets, reduce their dependence on other forms of social assistance and break the cycle of poverty.
Since our beginning, we have built 12 homes in South Georgian Bay and are working on #13 & #14 this year. All of our administrative costs are paid for by the operation of our ReStore located at 155 Sandford Fleming Drive in Collingwood. Habitat ReStores sell quality new and used donated building materials and other products. For more information, visit habitatgeorgianbay.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada In Canada, Habitat for Humanity has been working since 1985 toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 local organizations from coast to coast to coast, we believe in bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. Worldwide, more than 6.8 million people have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. For more information, visit habitat.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.