Ontario Construction News staff writer
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area says it has launched the largest York Region build in its history. Located in the Town of Georgina, the Dalton Road build will consist of six, two-story new affordable housing townhome units.
The land on which the organization is building on was previously purchased by Habitat for Humanity GTA, and now approximately $1.5 million needs to be raised through donations of cash, building materials and building services to complete these six homes. Construction will get underway this summer and Habitat for Humanity GTA will be actively recruiting volunteers to help build the homes.
Georgina mayor Margaret Quirk, Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, and Greer Atkinson, a resident of Georgina and future Habitat homeowner at Dalton Road spoke at the launch last Thursday. Since 2011, the organization has built 19 homes in York Region.
“The town is excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity GTA on this townhouse project,” Quirk said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for our community to show our community spirit and to give a hand up to help these six families become homeowners and new neighbours in Georgina.”
“According to the 2016 York Region Census Release Report, 52 percent of renter households in York Region are spending 30 percent or more of household income on housing costs – the highest in the GTA,” said Underwood. “We are thrilled to be building in the Town of Georgina, and look forward to continue partnering with all levels of government, businesses, and members of the community to build more affordable housing in York Region.”
“Becoming a Habitat homeowner will open up a whole new world for us,” said Greer Atkinson, single mother of three daughters and future Habitat homeowner at the Dalton Road build. “I will finally be able to invest more in myself, my girls, and have a place where I will no longer have to worry as much about our health and well-being.”
To learn more about the Dalton Road build and how to get involved, visit https://habitatgta.ca/dalton.