Partners share vision for affordable homes
“When Phil and Bob started talking about this project, we knew we wanted to be involved,” says Scott Henderson, a housing preservation counsellor with Canadian Mental Health Association. “What they have come up with is dynamic and a great fit for us.”
Phil and Bob have a long road ahead, but they find strength in working together.
“As a small agency, this partnership with Phil gave us confidence that we can move forward,” says Bob. “He’s got the expertise, he’s got the background, and he’s got a couple of buildings already he’s working on.”
“It’s been a great working relationship,” Phil agrees. “I think this is something you can take to other communities and other places. It’s about learning what can be done. This doesn’t just have to be Bob and Phil. This can be any 2 organizations, non-profits or for-profits, working with agencies and vulnerable people, and getting together and doing it. This can be huge.”
This project received funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Ontario through the Canada–Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation also provided Seed Funding for the project. For more information, follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Bob Cottrell and Phil Spry are teaming up to build 32 affordable homes in Belleville.