Ontario Construction News staff writer
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area volunteers, staff, supporters and future homeowners gathered to launch Women Build Durham 2022 this week in Oshawa.
“We are thrilled to be back in Durham Region with women rolling up their sleeves, grabbing a hammer and helping to build homes for local families,” said Habitat GTA CEO Ene Underwood. “Many of the essential workers who helped get us through the pandemic are now struggling to find a quality home they can afford, especially in Oshawa where home prices have nearly doubled since the start of the pandemic.”
Women Build is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that invites women and friends to put on a construction hat, receive training and then help build affordable homes for local families.
Participants will help build the first 18 Habitat Homes that will be part of a new 50-unit affordable housing community. It’s expected the first homes will be ready for families to move in starting in spring 2023.
In addition, a portion of these homes will be provided to the BlackNorth Initiative, a new local non-profit committed to the removal of systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.
Habitat GTA is currently accepting applications for local families interested in becoming Habitat homeowners in Oshawa at 485 Normandy.