Knights of Columbus presented Habitat for Humanity -PEH with a cheque for $22,800, the proceeds from the Trenton Funfest 2013. We look forward to another sellout success in 2014. Thank you Knights of Columbus Trenton and all the staff and volunteers that helped to make this event a success.
Left to Right: Germain Loignon (KOC), John Brisbois(KOC & HFH), Dave Courneya(KOC), Bob Clute(HFH-Vice Chair), Jim Burgess (HFH- Board Member), Len Kennedy(HFH-Executive Director)
Habitat homeownership improves health and happiness of families,
children more confident and get better grades
New research was released June 3rd, 2013 demonstrating that affordable Habitat for Humanity homeownership contributes to families becoming happier and healthier, and enjoying improvements in their children's well-being and school performance. The research, led and funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), shows that of the families surveyed, 86 percent report being happier since moving into their Habitat home and 89 percent said their family life had improved.
For this study, 326 Canadian families who have received their Habitat homes since 2000 were surveyed on changes to their health, social and financial dynamics.
"Cramped quarters, unhealthy environments, unsafe neighbourhoods - low-income Canadian families often face challenges in obtaining housing that meets their needs," said Kevin Marshman, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "The families who partner with Habitat are able to remove themselves from these difficult situations, build equity for their futures and begin living healthier, happier and more productive lives."
A leading advocate of affordable homeownership in Canada, Habitat for Humanity Canada worked with CMHC on this research to quantify the benefits and outcomes of their homeownership model on the families that partner through their program. Habitat's model provides "a hand up, not a hand out", with low-income families paying the full fair market value of their home through a no-interest, no down payment mortgage that is geared to their income.
Other key findings from the report:
·70 percent of homebuyers reported improved health, including reduced colds and flu, allergies, asthma symptoms and stress. 31 percent reported less frequent visits to the doctor and about 25 percent said they missed fewer days of work because of illness;
·65 percent reported their children's confidence had improved;
·Children's participation in extracurricular activities also increased. Involvement in sports increased to 61 percent from 50 percent and participation in music and arts increased to 30 percent from 18 percent, with volunteering increasing to 45 percent from 29 percent;
·More than half (58 percent) reported they were better off financially now than before they moved into their Habitat home.
A full copy of the report is available from CMHC online at http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/
The Prince Edward-Hastings affiliate of Habitat for Humanity will be providing "a hand-up not a hand-out” in Picton in 2013. We are currently seeking volunteers for this build. For more information or to volunteer, please visit our website at www.habitatpeh.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or we invite you to attend our information session as Picton United Church June 17th at 6:30 pm.
Habitat for Humanity-PEH has built 14 homes helping 15 families and is an independent, not for profit Christian housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need.
Homeowners contribute hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" to the construction of their own homes and then repay a long-term, no-interest mortgage.
Internationally, Habitat has built more than 500,000 homes in over 80 countries around the world.
For more information contact:
613-969-1415 x 203
Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings Announces Dedication of 13th Home
Belleville, Ontario, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 27th at 10 am Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward-Hastings will be dedicating its first home to a single, working mother of five children.
This build would not have been possible without the support of the local community, the city of Quinte West, numerous volunteers and contractors. A special thanks must be given to St Paul Secondary School for their second partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward-Hastings.
Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada and one of 70 such organizations across Canada. Using primarily donated materials and labour, coupled with an extensive roster of volunteers, and following the concept of offering a hand-up, not a hand out, Habitat builds homes for families who otherwise could not afford to own their own home. Recipient families are not given a house, they purchase the house from Habitat with a mortgage based on Fair Market Value. It is affordable for low income working families because no down payment is required, the mortgage is interest free, and the payments are calculated according to the household income. Prior to occupancy, the family must complete 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’.
Currently the Prince Edward-Hastings affiliate has another home which is close to completion in Bancroft and plan to build in Picton in 2013. They are actively seeking volunteers to form a build committee in Prince Edward County.
For further details, please contact: Len Kennedy, Executive Director at 613-969-1415 xt. 203 or at email@example.com