Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent quality affordable homes through a no-interest mortgage with payments set at 25 percent of their gross income. This solution helps provide available housing for families in need. It also enables low-income families to build assets, reduce their dependence on other forms of social assistance, give children stability and break the cycle of poverty.
Every Canadian family deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to make that dream a reality. Homeownership is about more than just building equity, as it can instill a family with a renewed sense of confidence and pride. Children have become happier and more outgoing, leading to improved grades and better health. Parents have used their newly discovered sense of accomplishment to return to school, learn a new trade, or upgrade their job skills. The impact is immediate; the effects everlasting. Many partner families are so moved and thankful for the opportunity to better their lives that they continue to contribute to their communities by helping others break free of the cycle of poverty. From becoming a partner family to the day they pay off their mortgage, Habitat partner families are given the support and guidance they need to ensure they succeed. By supporting Habitat for Humanity, you are not just providing for the bricks and mortar to build a house; you’re giving local families the hand up they need to build a better life.
Habitat for Humanity has been in operation in the Georgian Triangle since 2002. It began when a dedicated group of local community residents felt strongly that lower-income families were being left behind/outpriced in the housing market and would never achieve the strength and stability that affordable homeownership brings to a family. Dedicated volunteers and board members kept the organization running until it had grown to the point of needing an Executive Director. Joy Fleury joined Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay as the ED in March 2014.
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is more relevant now than ever before. This pandemic has put a spotlight on the critical need for affordable housing at every part of the continuum. It also brought a massive influx of homebuyers to the area, crowding the market, driving house prices out of reach, and making rentals (affordable or otherwise) scarce. Families can no longer afford to live in the area where they work – the same folks that have been essential throughout the pandemic – grocery store clerks, PSWs, ECEs, and delivery drivers, to name a few – are now struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
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The Habitat ReStore sells new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, and much more. Since most of the items are donated from people and companies in your community, the selection varies. You never know what you’re going to find. When things are donated to Habitat ReStore, they get a second life chance rather than being taken to a landfill. When you shop ReStore, you help Habitat build. Donations are being accepted, please call 705-446-9740 prior to bringing your donation over or to schedule a pick up of larger items.
We’ve grown a great deal since 2002, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our passion and desire to help local families change the trajectory of their lives through the strength, safety, self-reliance, and stability that affordable homeownership provides. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The planning is underway for the building of a home in Stayner for 2021. We need volunteers to help with construction, food committee, volunteer committee, and swinging a hammer or a paintbrush on site. We would love to have you!