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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Nov. 15)
Habitat for Humanity announces fourth Orléans build

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Habitat for Humanity building boom in Orléans is showing no signs of slowing down.

With nine families living in two previous builds in Avalon and Chatelaine Village, and four families poised to move into their new homes on Cousineau Street before Christmas, Habitat for Humanity is planning their most ambitious build yet.

The organization recently purchased a vacant parcel of land at the southeast corner of Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and Fortune Drive across from the Convent Glen Catholic School. Their goal is to build 16 townhomes in three units over the next three years starting with four townhomes in 2016.

The homes will be occupied by families interested in getting a new lease on life by becoming first-time homeowners through affordable, interest free mortgages. The families must also log 500 hours of “sweat equity” in building their homes.

The four families waiting to move into the Habitat homes on Cousineau Street come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Tefera Ashigo and Woinshet Tumebo immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in 2011. They currently live in an Ottawa Community Housing complex in the west end with their two daughters Yohanna, 3, and Elda, 2.

Ragan Boakye is a single mother. She immigrated to Canada from her native Ghana in 2011 with her two boys Showtell, 13, and Shomari, 9. She applied twice for a Habitat home before she was finally approved on the third try.

Ragan desperately wants to raise her sons away from the drugs and gangs that are pervasive in their west end apartment complex.

The story is much the same for Youssouf Sougueh and his wife Amina Mohamed who are from Djibouti. The couple will occupy one of the new homes with their three young children Issir, 8, Souber, 6, Aicha, 4.

With another child on the way, the couple was eager to move out of their two-bedroom west end apartment.
Peter Slota and Samantha Bildwin were also approved for one of Cousineau Street homes where they plan to raise their daughters Hailey, 7, and Isabella, 3.

All four families are looking forward to spending their first holiday season in their new homes. They also plan to pay forward their good fortune by taking part in the build on Fortune Drive.

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa will be meeting with members of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association on Nov. 19 to discuss the Fortune Drive project. The meeting will take place at 255 Centrum Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. and is intended as an information session only rather than a public consultation.

Habitat’s first foray into Orléans occurred in 2008 and resulted in the construction of two homes on Tulip Crescent in Chatelaine Villlage. Three more homes were built on Nantes Drive in Avalon in 2013, followed by four additional homes on the same site in 2014.

When it’s completed, the Fortune Drive build will bring the total number of Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans to 29.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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