Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada

Government of Canada
City of London

City of London
London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS

London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS
Habitat for Humanity London

Habitat for Humanity London

November 24, 2010 15:00 ET

London Partnership Helps Local Family Realize Dream of Home Ownership

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2010) - A London family received the keys to their new home today at an event to mark the completion of the city's second Home at Last project.

Scott and Melissa Moss and their son are moving into their new Burslem Street home following extensive renovations, which began in July, 2010. 

"The success of the Home at Last initiative can be attributed to the perseverance of the community partners," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "We are proud to contribute to this partnership with funding through CMHC's Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)."

Home at Last is a partnership made up of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), Habitat for Humanity and CMHC. The goal of this partnership is to help families currently residing in rental housing achieve their dream of home ownership and to improve the existing housing stock in the City of London.

"This is a perfect match for London's affordable homeownership down payment assistance program," said Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. "Providing families with an incentive and an opportunity to become home owners is an important part of London's new Community Housing Strategy."

Planning for this latest Home at Last project began earlier this year. "On January 13, 2010, the Home at Last partners came to the table and cobbled together a plan to proceed with a second homeownership project, with the newest partner, Habitat for Humanity London, agreeing to guide and oversee the renovation piece," said Mike Carson, Chair of the Home at Last Committee. "LSTAR, like its fellow Ontario real estate associations, subscribes to a Quality of Life philosophy, one of the principles of which is providing affordable housing opportunities. Home at Last is one way REALTORS® improve life in our community."

The project is also supported by the Canadian REALTORS Care Foundation, established to showcase the volunteer work and community involvement of REALTORS® from coast-to-coast, as well as the Ontario Real Estate Association REALTORS Care Foundation, which supports shelter-related charities across the province. "Ontario REALTORS® raise money for our provincial Foundation, which then reinvests it back into those communities," explained Betty Doré, Chairman of the REALTORS Care Foundation and Executive Vice-President of London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®. "As for Home at Last, our members have been involved in every aspect of this initiative, from fundraising to working with the family. We couldn't be prouder of them or of the great job they've done." 

"There is a real need for more affordable housing in our community and Home at Last is one way to address that need. This second Home at Last project is intended to remove obstacles to home ownership while providing hope and opportunity for this family. It's a creative exercise in community building and partnership. We are very pleased that we had this opportunity to work with the HAL partnership to refurbish this home," said Jeff Duncan, CEO, Habitat for Humanity London. "The partnership would also like to acknowledge the North American Trade School who provided construction supervision and volunteer labour from the start to finish of this project. It has been a wonderful experience and Home at Last has really enjoyed working with the Moss family," added Duncan. 

The home and property were donated by Kay Wilkinson in honour of her son and have been extensively renovated to suit the Moss family's needs. It included lifting and moving the house temporarily to rebuild the foundation and reinforce the structure. The mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems have been replaced and the energy efficiency of the home has been improved dramatically. The goal is to reduce maintenance and energy consumption to ensure that operating costs remain affordable for the family.

"We're so excited to be moving into our own home. We will have our own property and our son will have a good place to grow up. Thank you to all who have made this possible," said homeowners Scott and Melissa Moss.

In addition to the contributions from the Home at Last partners, the City of London contributed funding through its Housing Partnership Policy and London businesses have donated goods and services.

Habitat for Humanity provides a Hand up, not a Hand out through its affordable home ownership program. We provide a basic, safe, decent affordable home that the family purchases for fair market value and they repay an interest free mortgage based on their income. Families also invest up to 500 hours of construction labour or sweat equity and participate in a series of workshops to prepare them for home ownership. 

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) is one of Canada's fifteen largest real estate associations, representing 1,500 REALTORS® working in Middlesex and Elgin Counties, a trading area of 500,000 residents. LSTAR adheres to a Quality of Life philosophy, supporting growth that fosters economic vitality, provides housing opportunities, respects the environment and builds good communities and safe neighbourhoods.

As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes – homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    LSTAR
    Mike Carson
    Chair, Home at Last
    519-672-9880
    or
    Habitat for Humanity London
    Jeff Duncan
    CEO
    519-200-2339
    or
    CMHC
    Judy Binder
    District Manager, Southwestern Ontario
    1-877-435-7988