Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Daniels Corporation says that it is providing 10 homes for Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Toronto Area.
The homes will be built in Toronto’s Regent Park, Mississauga’s City Centre and Erin Mills locations, Pickering and Brampton. All 10 homes will be completed and occupied between 2019 and 2022.
“Our 23-year partnership with Daniels is a shining example of their longstanding commitment to bring affordable housing to families in Toronto and the GTA,” Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, said in a statement on Monday.
“We are proud that Daniels is a pace-setter among the increasing number of developers that see the importance and value of partnering with Habitat for Humanity. Today, we’re looking to grow our partnerships with developers to bring more immediate, affordable homeownership opportunities to families in Toronto and the GTA.”
With the Monday announcement, Daniels says it has contributed a total of $6 million to Habitat for Humanity over its 23-year partnership, creating homes for 83 Habitat families. Partnerships with developers and corporations are critical to tackle the growing affordable housing shortage in Toronto and the GTA.
“We’re proud to stand with Habitat for Humanity on World Habitat Day and help strengthen the communities where we live and work,” said Don Pugh, vice-president of The Daniels Corporation. “Through our work with Habitat for Humanity, we have demonstrated that this type of partnership is a proven strategy for success. By partnering with Habitat, every developer can play a vital role to help build sustainable cities and communities.”
Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity are not limited to providing detached units or funding. As the condominium market in Toronto and the GTA continues to rise, part of Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing mission has evolved to include vertical spaces, such as condominiums, apartments and town homes.
For Vidia Mohammed, who became a Habitat homeowner at Daniels FirstHome Beckenrose in Brampton, the experience with Habitat for Humanity was life changing.
“The peace of mind I received as part of this generosity and not needing to worry about the roof over my family’s head has been a weight permanently lifted off my shoulders,” said Mohammed. “I was one of the lucky ones. Every family deserves a place to call home and my heart goes out to the tens of thousands of families who are currently waiting for affordable housing.”
“I’d like to thank Habitat for Humanity, The Daniels Corporation and all of the incredible volunteers for their hard work and dedication to building safe, beautiful and affordable homes for families across the GTA,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Their partnership is a perfect example of how the development community and not-for-profits can work together to create much-needed affordable housing and help families realize their dream of homeownership.”