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Habitat for Humanity returns to Port Colborne

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO – It’s been five years since Habitat for Humanity Niagara built a home in Port Colborne. It was a house that was donated to the organization by John and Stephen Miklosik and became Habitat Niagara’s inaugural home renovation build. That two-story beautifully renovated house became the home to a single mother and her twin boys.

This winter Habitat Niagara is building a new house on Wellington Street.

“It’s great to be back in Port Colborne. It’s a city with a charming community feel,” said Mark Carl, Habitat Niagara’s CEO.

"We are excited that Habitat for Humanity has decided to start another build in Port Colborne on Wellington Street,” said Mayor Steele. “There have been several builds over the past few years and each one provides a new sense of pride in ownership and stability for the recipient family."

This build is unique in that it will not be part of Habitat’s Build Day program (where businesses sponsor a build day for their employees to help build a Habitat house), it will be built in partnership with the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) Building Futures students. The Building Futures program provides a 25-week training program in home construction for urban Indigenous youth.

“I am thrilled that participants from the Building Futures program will be able to experience what it takes to build a house from start to finish in Port Colborne,” said Amy Wilmott, NPAAMB Program Director. “The Building Futures program, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Niagara, YMCA of Niagara, and Mohawk College, provides participants with hands-on, experiential experience in the construction trades sector while remaining rooted in cultural foundations of life skills building and job readiness.”

The house is scheduled to be completed at the end of May, when the keys will be turned over to a new homeowner family, a local resident and her two daughters. But owning a Habitat house isn’t as simple as getting the keys and moving into a new home. Families purchase their Habitat home with an affordable, no-interest, no-down-payment mortgage. They contribute to the local economy and pay taxes just like any other homeowner would.

“A Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family and provides an opportunity to build a better life,” said Mark. “We are delighted to offer affordable homeownership opportunities throughout Niagara and welcome the opportunity for community members to stop by and see the house being built.”

Habitat Niagara will be constructing its 69th home at end of this year, and one of its biggest challenges is obtaining land for future builds. The limited availability and high cost of land across the Niagara Region are stumbling blocks to building affordable Habitat homes. If you know a property that may be suitable for a new Habitat home, please contact mark@habitatniagara.ca

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Additional resources

Habitat for Humanity Niagara, Aboriginal board team up for Port Colborne family home - The Welland Tribune

Building success for Indigenous youth - Niagara this Week