Nina Tangri, former Associate Minister of Housing and Current Associate Minister of Small Business, visited Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s build site in Thorold to witness the progress on the construction of a new home build, meet the future homeowner and listen to how Habitat Niagara and its community partners are making an impact on the housing crisis.
The Minister wanted to assess the progress and impact of the housing initiatives in the Niagara region and was particularly interested in seeing how Bill 23 (More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022) is positively affecting the community and addressing the housing challenges.
"It was so moving to see first-hand the impactful work Habitat Niagara is doing to address the critical need for affordable housing in the Niagara region,” said Minister Tangri. “I'm happy to see our More Homes Built Faster Act is helping to bring costs down and bringing the dream of homeownership into view for so many families. These are the types of innovative solutions that will work to make housing more affordable and accessible for people across the province."
As a non-profit housing provider, Habitat for Humanity can help the government tackle Ontario’s housing crisis and build more homes.
“Speaking with the Minister gave us an opportunity to share how Habitat Niagara is working toward building 30 homes over the next five years,” said Mark Carl, CEO Habitat Niagara. “We all recognize that access to safe and affordable housing is an issue across the country, and we need to increase the coordination and cooperation between governments, developers and the private sector to help tackle the housing crisis.”
By the end of this year, Habitat Niagara will complete its 73rd home in Niagara, serving 79 families and creating stable and secure housing for more than 270 children.
Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people who face barriers to homeownership and who would otherwise not have an opportunity to buy a home.