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Orléans Ward
Bob Monette

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Tim Tierney

 

(Posted 12:30 p.m., June 2)
Ground-breaking ceremony held for Habitat for Humanity build
By Mike Beasley
OrleansOnline.ca

The 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 d’Arc Blvd. North.

Last 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.

Three 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 OTTAWA

“This 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 GO’s CEO. “This new development in Orléans will allow us to expand our reach and build homes for 16 families in need of affordable homeownership.”

The new residential development which provides housing to those who don’t 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.

In August 2016, the City of Ottawa approved Habitat GO’s application to purchase the property which sits at the southeast corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Fortune Drive in Orleans, north of the Highway 174.

The site is in close proximity to the Jeanne d’Arc transit station as well as École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs.

The new home owners and their families will also be able to enjoy parkland with Jeanne-d’Arc and North Vineyard Park within walking distance.

Eight of the 16 townhouses will front onto Fortune Drive, while the remaining eight units will be facing an internal private road.

A 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 parking space.

The Fitzsimmons, Moustabchir and El-Hajj families who will reside at 6208 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. North were in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony.

Teresa 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.

“Being 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, ‘That’s the home we grew up in’.”

For 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 three sons.

The third home will be occupied by Hadi El-Hajj, his wife and their five children, with another one on the way.

A family will be chosen for the fourth unit in the coming weeks.

Every Habitat for Humanity family is offered “a hand up, not a hand out” as part of Habitat’s homeownership program.

Families 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 350 hours.

All Habitat for Humanity families are provided with a no-interest, long-term mortgage with payments that are geared to their income.

This latest project will be the third Habitat for Humanity build in Bob Monette’s ward. The others are located on Tulip Crescent in Chatelaine Village and Cousineau Street just north of St. Joseph Boulevard.

“Habitat 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.

Community groups, businesses or individuals who want to help build the homes can sign up online at www.habitatgo.com.

Cash 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.

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

 

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