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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on Oakville home builds

April 28, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Halton broke ground to build its first two homes in the Town of Oakville today. The homes will be located at 262 and 266 Elmwood Road at Margaret Drive. Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and Town of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton attended the groundbreaking, along with members of the Oakville Council.

As reported in Vital Signs 2009 – the Oakville Community Foundation’s report on community issues – 9.7% of Oakville residents live below the poverty line, which means less than $35,480 for a family of four. Habitat for Humanity’s way of building, and of structuring mortgages for low-income families, makes it possible for more families to begin to build the financial equity that is crucial for any of us as we plan for our family’s future.

Habitat’s homes are built to “simple, decent” specifications and quality standards. In these two Oakville homes, Habitat Halton will be piloting upgrades to its energy standards: aiming for Built Green Canada’s “gold” certification on eight checklist categories: operational systems, building materials, exterior and interior finishes, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water conservation and business practices. One example in the building materials category involves the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative in helping to open the door to corporate donations of premier wood and lumber products from some of Canada’s most responsible sources.

Volunteers Are Needed

“We are still in the early days of recruiting volunteers for these builds, with most volunteers needed for the rough carpentry stages scheduled to start in July, and continue through August and September. Construction or home-renovation experience is not required, though it’s of great value for Crew Leaders, who commit to a minimum of one day, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.” said Swarbrick. “We provide the training, including health and safety training session.”

Special corporate sessions can be arranged for employee “team building” opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Halton by calling 905-637-4446 Ext. 224.

More About Habitat Halton:

Habitat for Humanity Halton is a local, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity Halton is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, and part of a worldwide network that spans 90 countries, has built over 225,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 10 minutes.

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  1. July 2, 2010 2:52 am

    One of most informative real estate blogs. Hope to see more good things in next visit. Thank you for this

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