12:30 p.m., June 2)
ceremony held for Habitat for Humanity build
By Mike Beasley
dream of owning an affordable home will soon become a
reality for three Ottawa-area families who are the beneficiaries
of the latest Habitat for Humanity build on Jeanne dArc
week, Habitat For Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO)
held its official ground-breaking ceremony for Phase 1
of Leacross Landing at the corner of Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.
North and Fortune Drive. This first phase consists of
four townhomes which are expected to be completed by December.
Four more units will be built next in 2018, with eight
more planned for 2019.
families which will be the beneficiaries of
the Habitat for Humanity build at Jeanne d'Arc
Blvd. and Fortune Drive were joined by Ottawa
Mayor Jim Watson and Orléans Coun.
Bob Monette for the ground-breaking ceremony
last week. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY HABITAT GREATER
year we are celebrating our 24th year of bringing communities
together to help families build strength, stability and
independence through affordable homeownership in the Ottawa
area, says Alexis Ashworth, Habitat GOs CEO.
This new development in Orléans will allow
us to expand our reach and build homes for 16 families
in need of affordable homeownership.
new residential development which provides housing to
those who dont qualify for traditional mortgages
will be a vast improvement to the empty lot that once
housed a Petro Canada gas station across from Convent
Glen Catholic School.
August 2016, the City of Ottawa approved Habitat GOs
application to purchase the property which sits at the
southeast corner of Jeanne dArc Boulevard and Fortune
Drive in Orleans, north of the Highway 174.
site is in close proximity to the Jeanne dArc transit
station as well as École élémentaire
catholique des Voyageurs.
new home owners and their families will also be able to
enjoy parkland with Jeanne-dArc and North Vineyard
Park within walking distance.
of the 16 townhouses will front onto Fortune Drive, while
the remaining eight units will be facing an internal private
total of 19 parking spaces will be provided on the site.
One parking space will be provided for each of the 16
townhouses off of an internal private road. Three additional
spaces will be provided for visitors, including one accessible
Fitzsimmons, Moustabchir and El-Hajj families who will
reside at 6208 Jeanne dArc Blvd. North were in attendance
at the ground breaking ceremony.
Fitzsimmons expressed her gratefulness to Habitat GO,
the sponsors, donors and all of the volunteers who are
helping to make her dream of affordable housing come true.
a single mother is not easy, but finally all of my hard
work has paid off, admitted Tereza, who saw that
first shovel go in the ground, and was accompanied by
her three children. Now we will have a home to create
memories in and a place my children can look back in 20
years and say, Thats the home we grew up in.
Abdellatif and Saadia Moustabchir, their future home will
be a far cry from the Ottawa Community Housing rental
unit they currently live in. Originally from Morocco,
the couple will be moving into their new home with their
third home will be occupied by Hadi El-Hajj, his wife
and their five children, with another one on the way.
family will be chosen for the fourth unit in the coming
Habitat for Humanity family is offered a hand up,
not a hand out as part of Habitats homeownership
with two parents must provide a minimum of 500 hours in
sweat equity in helping to build their homes,
while the commitment for single parents like Teresa is
Habitat for Humanity families are provided with a no-interest,
long-term mortgage with payments that are geared to their
latest project will be the third Habitat for Humanity
build in Bob Monettes ward. The others are located
on Tulip Crescent in Chatelaine Village and Cousineau
Street just north of St. Joseph Boulevard.
for Humanity gives people a chance to own a home with
an affordable mortgage. It also helps young families achieve
the dream of being a homeowner in a fantastic community
like Orléans, says Monette who is a strong
supporter of the organization.
groups, businesses or individuals who want to help build
the homes can sign up online at www.habitatgo.com.
donations can also be made at the Habitat GO website.
The money will be used to purchase lunches for the volunteer
builders working on the project.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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