It’s about giving a hand up rather than a hand out.
Habitat for Humanity Halton has broken ground on the biggest home construction project in its history today.
The non-profit organization is embarking on a 13 unit townhouse complex in Burlington at Glendor Avenue and Plains Road.
The development is part of Habitat Halton’s strategy to build 75 homes over the next 5 years and provide more hard working, low-income families with the chance to own their own home, build equity and leave poverty behind.
Mayor Rick Goldring was on hand to thank the organization for it’s continued partnership in providing much needed affordable housing to Burlington residents.
He notes that with the average home price in Burlington above $500, 000, home ownership is not possible for many people.
“We’re an older community, we are a slow growing community, we do not have any brand new greenfield development left to build, so it’s very, very important that we work with organizations like Habitat to provide more and more people the opportunity for affordable housing.”
Amelia Robinson is a 27 year old single, working mom of two and will be one of the recipients of a home within the new townhouse complex.
She says her and her children have lived in Burlington for 7 years, and being established at a school and with friends, it was important to stay in the city, but that owning a home wasn’t something that was attainable by herself.
“We’re super excited. My kids are kind of sick of apartment living and with the prices in Burlington they are more excited than you can imagine to be part of this.”