On Sunday, June 24th Habitat for Humanity Halton welcomed a family to its first home built in Milton at a Dedication Ceremony.
Over 125 people were in attendance as the new homeowners, a family of five, were presented with a commemorative key and welcomed to their new neighbourhood.
Habitat Halton also recognized its many hardworking volunteers and held its Annual General Meeting at the site.
Ginger, the new Milton homeowner, was delighted with the support shown by the community. “Wow! What a beautiful neighbourhood and beautiful home. Thank you for helping my family achieve our dream.”
Following a barbeque lunch served by the Rotary Club of Milton and, coffee and dessert provided by Starbucks, Habitat Halton dedicated the home along with many community and corporate sponsors, including Platinum Title Sponsor Mattamy Homes, Platinum Sponsor The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board (OMDREB), and dignitaries.
Habitat Halton’s Board Chair, Ed McMahon, welcomed everyone and recognized the generous support of the Milton community, our many corporate partners including Great West Life, Prosperity ONE Credit Union, Roxul Inc. Union Gas Limited, local faith groups, 140 build volunteers, 15 crew leaders, the partner family and their friends. McMahon stated: “I would like to acknowledge the support of the Milton Council, Mayor [Gordon Krantz] and in particular, former Councillor Wendy Schau and Councillor Cindy Lunau, who spearheaded the relationship with Mattamy and the transfer of the property to Habitat for Humanity Halton,” added McMahon.
Habitat Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Acting Mayor Councillor Malboeuf, and Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz were among the guests who marked the occasion.
“Poverty is an issue that no one group can truly resolve on its own. True success [in this effort] requires widespread community support, which has certainly been the case here,” said Gary Carr. “The Region has a comprehensive housing strategy. The Region needs affordable housing, assisted housing, transitional housing, emergency shelters, and hostels … People in Halton should be able to remain in their own community. Habitat’s work in the community is making the dream of affordable housing a reality for people.”
Angela Quattrocchi, VP of Purchasing, GTA Homebuilding at Mattamy Homes, expressed her support for Ginger and her family, saying, “Today, I have the distinct honour of witnessing a family transform into the world of homeownership, on a journey to providing those precious moments that they will share with the next generation. Thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the future of their family and thank you for allowing all of us to participate in this enriching project… We can’t think of a more deserving homeowner.”
Jack McCrudden, 2011 President, The Oakville Milton & District Real Estate Board, reflected on the organization’s partnership with Habitat Halton. “We are proud to be helping members of our own community fulfill their homeownership dreams,” and he said, “We have been involved [in Habitat’s work] for over two years now… from fundraising with the President’s Gala to a shed building flash-mob held in the middle of downtown Oakville. We put on hard hats and picked up power tools. We were able to raise over $100,000 for the Milton build.”
The Habitat Halton partner family is scheduled to move in on June 29th. Ginger and other members of her family have already completed well over 1,000 hours ‘sweat equity’ on the build site and other Habitat Halton projects and they will pay for the home with an interest-free mortgage. The new home offers an opportunity for an improved standard of living.
For more information, please visit www.habitathalton.ca.