Habitat for Humanity - Seaway Valley

Description of the Project:

Habitat for Humanity Cornwall &The Counties is preparing for our next Home Build, slated for Williamsburg. This Home Build will provide a safe, affordable home to a deserving family. By building homes at a low cost, requiring no down payment, and not charging interest on the mortgage, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide an opportunity,  a "hand up" to low income families that would not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage.


Our Dundas Partner Family is a young, vibrant family that deserves a hand up.  Parents Sarah and Alex, along with their three young children, Owen, Avery and Jonah have experienced difficulty first hand and currently live in a home that does not serve their needs. Baby Jonah’s crib is kept in his parent’s bedroom due to overcrowding. By providing each of the children with their own bedroom – their own space – Owen, Avery and Jonah will be able to thrive in school and other activities. Alex and Sarah both work

in the community and being able to own a home in Williamsburg will help them make an

even better impact.

Alex and Sarah are consistently putting their own money into renovations in their current rental property to provide the best possible home for their children. Unfortunately, this is not a viable long-term solution. Home ownership with Habitat Cornwall would see this family in a safe, affordable, new home that will finally give them the peace of mind and security that they deserve.

This is a hard working family that aims to help others throughout the community as often as possible. Now it is their turn to be helped by their community.


Project Costs – How Will the Money Be Spent:

The budget for the Williamsburg Home Build is $128,000. Support from 100 Women Who Care South Dundas would be directed towards building materials – light fixtures, to light up their lives; the lock on the front door for their peace of mind; drywall for the walls to display family portraits and children’s artwork; doors on bedrooms for a good night’s sleep; solid flooring for a kitchen table to be on; a bathtub for a mother to bathe her children and to soak in after a long day; a kitchen sink for the dishes after a family meal; outdoor lights to let the neighbours know the family is home and a part of our community.

And so much more…


Completion Date or Milestones for the Project:

Ground breaking for this Home Build project will take place early May. Depending on weather, the home will be completed end of August or beginning of September. After completion, a home dedication and key ceremony will take place.


How will completion of this project benefit the residents of South Dundas?

Supporting a Habitat Home Build benefits South Dundas beyond dollars and cents.  A Habitat home build reinvests in our community and raises awareness of the need for safe and affordable housing. A build offers an outlet for South Dundas community members, students and business the opportunity to explore volunteer opportunities through the build itself, fundraising activities or in our ReStore.

Your investment with Habitat Seaway Valley to build more affordable housing ultimately leads to healthier and more productive communities. As a family's financial situation improves, their dependence on social services decreases and they are better able to

contribute to the community and local economy. Housing that is affordable and adequate leads to better outcomes for families in the areas of health, education and emotional wellbeing. Good housing in communities attracts economic investment and contributes to thriving schools and community organizations.


What do you know about this organization that you wish everyone knew?

Habitat homes are not simply given away - our Partner Families do not 'win' a new home.  Partner Families are subject to a thorough selection process to ensure they meet the necessary criteria. They then complete 500 hours of 'sweat equity' in place of a traditional, financial down-payment. Completed homes are sold to Partner Families at fair market value with an interest free mortgage that is held by Habitat for Humanity Cornwall &The Counties. This 'hand-up' helps to break the cycle of poverty. Habitat Cornwall also does not receive any annual, operational government funding. We rely on community support to make our Home Builds possible.