Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings

Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings

July 11, 2011 09:00 ET

CMHC Helps Build A Child's Bedroom at Habitat for Humanity Build in Frankford

FRANKFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - Two young boys will soon have rooms of their own in a new home being built by Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings in Frankford, Ontario.

The house, which is currently under construction on Frankford Road, will be home to Erin and Kyle and their sons Kyrin and Keegan. Long-time Habitat partner Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is sponsoring one of the boys' bedrooms with funds raised through charitable events.

As construction continues on the build, the CMHC build team, which includes community stakeholders and CMHC staff, will join Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings on site on July 13 to help build the home.

"This is our twelfth build, and with the completion of each house we are closer to our vision of creating communities where everyone has a safe and decent place to live," said Melanie Flynn, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings. "We are pleased to be building with CMHC as we work together to make a lasting difference in the lives of our partner families."

The house is being built with environmentally friendly features including a minimized floor space of 1120 square feet to reduce overall life cycle energy use, rigid insulation under a poured concrete foundation, and a heat recovery unit in the water drain system.

"CMHC has a long partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Ontario and we support their vital role in community development through building affordable, safe, and sustainable homes. It's a very fulfilling experience for CMHC employees to be part of this build and to meet the local family who will now have a place to call home," said Peter Friedmann, General Manager, Ontario Region, CMHC.

Erin and Kyle are looking forward to moving into their new home.

"It's so exciting to see our house being built and to know that we'll have a secure, comfortable home to raise our sons," said Erin.

Families who purchase homes from Habitat for Humanity are selected based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the Habitat for Humanity program and their ability to repay the no-interest mortgage. Families also provide 500 hours of construction labour or, "sweat equity," which help develop their personal commitment to their home and their community.

The Prince Edward-Hastings Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built 11 houses and is an independent, not for profit Christian housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need.

CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 65 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, environmentally sustainable, affordable housing solutions, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

Contact Information

  • Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward-Hastings
    Melanie Flynn
    Executive Director

    Judith Binder
    Corporate Representative