Written By: Pauline Pennett | Office & Volunteer Administrator, Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area
We know that the most important way for families to gain stability and self-reliance is when they own their own homes. Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads. Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress, and fear.Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable home ownership plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable home ownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.
With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. They are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between their families and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.
A recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group shows that there are significant and quantifiable benefits to society as a result of Habitat families having access to affordable home ownership. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society per home. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable home ownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since 1985.
Affordable home ownership provides the solid foundation for families to build strength, stability and self-reliance. It’s the platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations. Every Habitat house changes lives: those of the families who help build them and pay an affordable mortgage and all those who offer them a hand up in a time of need.
Their third annual Builders Bash will be held on November 30th at Grand Gardens North.
For only $40 you can enjoy a four course meal, dance the night away to Sault Ste. Marie’s hottest new band Fluid 5ive, test your skills at various games and bid on some pretty amazing items in our silent auction. They even have Roberta Bonder’s Nasa Jacket that will be auctioned off.
Please call Pauline Pennett at 705-941-9646 ext 224 to purchase your tickets. Last day to purchase is Tuesday, November 27th.