Two local families welcomed home by Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region officially welcomed two families to their new Habitat homes with a ceremonial home dedication, thanks to many community partners and volunteers who worked tirelessly to help reach the milestone. According to Habitat, these townhomes will provide stability and security for these families through their affordable homeownership program.

“Moving into a new home is a very exciting time for everyone. Reaching this point with future Habitat homeowners really is the highlight of our work and why we do what we do,” said Cathy Borowec, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region.

“Our community has come together to support Habitat and help to address housing affordability here in Kingston. We will gather again in the near future for another exciting home dedication when we complete the final two units in this project.”

According to a media release, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program offers families an opportunity to purchase a safe and decent home through a unique financing partnership. Habitat’s path to homeownership is an involved and in-depth process that requires hard work, time, and commitment by the future homeowners, all of which helps to strengthen their long-term success, the organization stated.

“Our government believes that every Canadian deserves a safe place to call home,” said Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. “Across the country, we are working with Habitat for Humanity to build safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy and sustainable communities. Here in Kingston, the investment in these new homes will make a real difference in the lives of two families – a place they can proudly call their own.”

Through the National Housing Strategy, the Government of Canada has invested $200,000 into these homes in Kingston, according to the release, bringing Habitat for Humanity one step closer to creating 414 new affordable homes across Canada, according to the release.

The City of Kingston contributed the piece of municipal land to Habitat Kingston Limestone Region so that four townhomes could be “added to this great neighbourhood,” increasing affordable housing options in the city, the organization shared.

In the release, Habitat Kingston Limestone Region thanked the many generous supporters who have helped turn these homes into a reality for the two families, including: the Government of Canada, the City of Kingston, Michael Preston of MP Design, Tiago Caldas of Asterisk Engineering, the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund, Lafarge, Dupont, Sagen, and numerous other partners and volunteers in the community.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, visit www.habitatkingston.com

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