Habitat For Humanity. The Duplex Rises


Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area is in the middle of an exciting housing build at the corner of Cedar & Birch Street(s). The duplex housing unit is really taking shape, and activity at the build site on Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 was brisk. Saultonline caught up with the progress and spoke with Brian Armstrong, a Continuing Education instructor, Construction and Maintenance Programme, Sault College. Brian was supervising several students who are volunteering through a partnership programme with Sault College to support the ongoing construction of the duplex units.

Brian showed saultonline where the recent break in and theft of the tools and generator were stolen from.

20151202_110457“The generator removed is bigger than the one we have now. It was definitely a two person carry” shared Brian Armstrong “It’s not something you can just grab and run with.”
In fact, the drag marks are still visible in the grass and mud in front of the trailer, where the generator and tools were stolen from. By the depth of the tracks, it is obvious the weight of the generator is substantial.

General consensus among the workers seems to be that “They came in from behind, clipped the lock, and probably drove away.”

20151202_110617A business located directly across the street from the build site, Northern Contracting is one of the sponsors for the Habitat build. The business has a video surveillance system set up, and a camera is pointed in the general direction of the build site. Jeff Perri, Northern Contracting, shared that “the police have been here, and have gone through the video.” Jeff said that the “video is pretty dark, as the theft happened in the dark of night, and the lighting wasn’t great from residual street lighting”.


Jeff Perri further shared “There were some things that were able to be made out from the video, and the police are investigating the matter.”

Saultonline wishes HFHSSMA all the best with the campaign to keep volunteers and workers properly equipped to complete the construction of the duplex.

If you have any information about the stolen tools and generator, please contact Crimestoppers at
705-942-7867 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477
or online at ‘submit a tip’ saultcrimestoppers.weebly.com
Or Text the keyword “SSM” followed by your tip to 274637.
In a recent press release, Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie shared details of the crime, and encourages people to visit their GoFundMe Campaign page to support the non-profit’s ability to purchase replacement tools.
“Founded in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area (HFHSSMA) is a nonprofit community benefit organization serving Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the surrounding area. HFHSSMA offers a sustainable solution to the housing crisis facing our community.

HFHSSMA had a break in at our build site last week. The trailer was broken into and tools were stolen that were valued at $5000.00. The money from the GoFundMe campaign will be used to buy new tools. This is an urgent need so that our volunteers can continue with the build. HFHSSMA is building a home for two very deserving families in our community. We understand that Christmas is around the corner and that money is tight during the holiday season. Anything that is donated would be much appreciated by our organization. Please click here to donate: