It’s been a tough year on Habitat Niagara’s home building program. Its first house build in Port Colborne began in February, and in March the government mandated a provincial-wide lockdown. After reopening the Niagara ReStores the home building program remained on hold until COVID-19 safety measures were put into place.
Back in February, Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board’s (NPAAMB) Building Futures Indigenous Youth were working to build the entire house however the pandemic put a halt on the continuance of the cohort resuming building due to occupancy limitations for physical distancing requirements and other new safety measures.
While the Building Futures program was redesigned for the students to learn in a module-based warehouse environment, the Port Colborne house remained untouched until October.
After implementing COVID-19 safety practices, Craig Brown, Habitat’s Construction Manager, and a limited group of Habitat Niagara’s construction volunteers started working on the job site again.
"Getting back to work helping Niagara families is a good feeling,” said Craig. “It's great to see our volunteers engaged and excited again and we thank them for all their hard work! We are looking forward to a safe and productive end to this year and start of the next."
The floors have been laid, walls painted, kitchen installed, and all plumbing and electrical is almost finished. Now the crew is working on the finer details like painting, installing trim and working on the front and back decks.
Thanks to our Habitat team of staff and construction volunteers for working hard to get this house finished for our future homeowner family!
We couldn’t have done this without support from the community. Special thanks to the major donors who have supported this build: NPAAMB/Building Futures, Niagara Regional Housing, Cotton Inc., Dave Wiens Construction, Niagara Volunteer Framing Crews, OakRidge Woodworking, Pollard Windows & Doors, Walker Aggregates, A&G Plumbing, Roberts Electric and City of Port Colborne.