South Dundas Township donates land to Habitat
Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley is one step closer to building another home thanks to a donation of land from the Township of South Dundas. The donated lot is in the village of Williamsburg. Construction is set to begin in 2010. “ We’re very excited. We just … pg. 4
Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley is one step closer to building another home thanks to a donation of land from the Township of South Dundas.
The donated lot is in the village of Williamsburg. Construction is set to begin in 2010. “ We’re very excited. We just fin- ished building a home in South Stormont and will be starting a new one in Cornwall this October” said Dick Aubry, chairman of Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley. “ With this donation we’ll be able to build our first home in South Dundas. We’re hoping for lots of volunteers and would like to get as many businesses and individuals involved as possible.”
With the location now set, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley can start looking for families who are interested in owning a Habitat Home.
Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley has built three affordable homes in the city of Cornwall and one in South Stormont. The growing popularity and increase in sales at the ReStore in Bonville, a building material and household item retail store operated by Habitat, has enabled the local Habitat affiliate to set a goal of building two homes per year. “ We have selected a wonderful family for the Cornwall home, and are in the process of selecting a family for our Winchester home,” said Hilda Seguin, chair of the Family Selection Committee. “ It’s a long process and we have to start working now to select a family for Williamsburg.”
To be eligible for a Habitat Home, families must have a steady income but not be able to obtain a conventional mortgage. They must have a minimum income of $ 20,000 per year and an income limit that ranges from $ 22,591 to $ 43,135, depending on the number of people in the family.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. Partner Families must be willing to put in 500 hours of “ sweat equity”— volunteer hours organized by Habitat for Humanity— before they move into their new home. When a family moves into their new home, regular monthly mortgage payments must be made. Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley holds the mortgage and offers it to the homeowner at no interest.
A family information meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1st, 7 p. m., at the South Dundas Township office, 4296 County Rd. 31/ Bank Street, Williamsburg. Families must attend this information meeting in order to be eligible for a Habitat home.
Established in 1998, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Through volunteer labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds decent homes with the help of homeowner ( partner) families. For more information, please visit www. habitatseawayvalley. org.