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Habitat for Humanity

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Owen Sound Habitat for Humanity turns 30

It's a big year for Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce with three builds set for this summer.

The local affiliate turns 30 this year making it the oldest one in Canada.

At the same time, the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project is marking Canada's 150th birthday by building 150 homes nationwide in Habitat's biggest project ever. The Carters will be working mostly in the Winnipeg and Regina areas.

Local Habitat Chair Deb Haswell says normally, Grey Bruce does one or two homes a year, but this year there will be two builds on the west side of Owen Sound and one at Cape Croker.

Haswell says the project at the First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) is the first Habitat home to be built on a First Nation in Ontario.

An information meeting for volunteers is scheduled for Thursday March 23rd at the Community of Christ Church at 2555 8th Avenue West at 7 PM.

You can also call 519-371-6776 for more information or to register for the meeting.

If you want to learn more, but can't make it to the meeting, visit: https://habitatgreybruce.ca/

Haswell says it's a great opportunity to for new volunteers to take part in Habitat.

Homebuilding skills are not required.

Haswell says as soon as Spring really takes hold they can get started on site work.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes and supplies mortgages to those who wouldn't normally be able to afford a home or mortgage at market price. Families apply for a home, and also participate in the building process when possible.

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