Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing

September 29, 2010 12:00 ET

The Home Depot Canada Foundation Helps Green Ottawa Community Housing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - The high rise building at 215 Wurtemburg, an Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) community in downtown Ottawa, has received environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient upgrades and renovations, thanks to a generous grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation. As part of OCH's effort to make their properties more environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient, residents received new energy efficient light fixtures and water saving devices. Work was done on the 113 unit building and was completed this month. The project is expected to pay for itself in just over 9 months.

Renovations to the building have been made possible by a $25,000 grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation's new Affordable Housing Grant program. Launched in 2010, the program is a way for the Foundation to support additional affordable housing projects that incorporate sustainable building techniques and/or materials to create homes that are healthy to live in and affordable to own.

"The Home Depot Canada Foundation is pleased to support this project through our Affordable Housing Grant program and as part of The Home Depot's commitment to giving back to the communities we serve," said Gino DiGioacchino, chair of The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice-president of merchandising for The Home Depot Canada. "These renovations will provide a lasting benefit to both the individuals and families living in the community and the environment."

Approximately 120 residents living in the apartment building will benefit directly from the green renovations that fulfill both the goals of The Home Depot Canada Foundation and Ottawa Community Housing.

"We are very grateful for The Home Depot Canada Foundation's generosity and contribution. Upgrading our properties to reduce residents' impact on the environment is essential. By reducing our impact of the environment we ensure the sustainability and prosperity of our communities," said OCH Board of Directors Chair, Councillor Diane Holmes. 

Councillor Holmes specified that the grant money will reduce energy and water consumption at 215 Wurtenburg and that all energy savings will translate to long-term operational savings which could be used for improved maintenance and possible new construction in the future.

OCH continues to actively search for sustainable funding for its housing stock. It is working towards obtaining the more than $60 million a year that is needed to repair the state of its housing portfolio over the next five years.

About OCH

Ottawa Community Housing provides affordable rental housing to approximately 32,000 residents. The Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 15,000 units for seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities. 

www.och.ca

About The Home Depot Canada Foundation

As the charitable arm of The Home Depot Canada, The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to using its skills, knowledge and resources to build affordable, sustainable housing and vibrant, environmentally responsible communities for Canadian families in need. Bringing together volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants, the Foundation supports affordable, sustainable housing projects, local neighbourhood improvement projects and community initiatives focused on the environment. Each year, associates from The Home Depot volunteer over 60,000 hours of hands on service on community projects across Canada through Team Depot, the company's volunteer program. For more information, please visit www.homedepot.ca/foundation.

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