Affordable homes on the way from Mississauga builder and Habitat for Humanity

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Published November 22, 2022 at 11:19 am

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A Mississauga-based builder is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFH) to speed up construction of badly-needed affordable homes across the country.

Under the agreement, EllisDon Community Builders (EDCB), which operates under Mississauga’s EllisDon Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity Canada will provide local HFH organizations in Mississauga, Brampton and across Canada with affordable housing advisory services to accelerate homeownership projects.

“There are several obstacles to home ownership in Canada today, including financial impacts from the pandemic and inflation,” said EDCB vice-president Nicholas Gefucia. “Because EllisDon and Habitat for Humanity Canada work on a national scale, we are collaborating to streamline the development process so more individuals and families will be able to buy a Habitat home of their own.”

EllisDon will provide advisory services over the next four years under the partnership, officials say. The services will help local Habitat organizations evaluate how to best build for the most impact on specific pieces of land, with key information and advice on planning restrictions, permitted density and potentially available financing.

“To ensure more people can access decent and affordable housing, we need an all-in approach from non-profits, businesses, individuals and all levels of government,” said HFH president and CEO Julia Deans. “We are delighted to partner with EllisDon Community Builders as their support will help speed up the construction process. As we scale up the number and size of Habitat housing developments to help more families who need housing and support thriving neighbourhoods across the country, partnerships are crucial to Habitat having the best available advice on how to develop specific sites.”

EllisDon Community Builders provides development management services for clients who want to deliver affordable and supportive housing to their communities.

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Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization that seeks to provide everyone with a decent, affordable place to call home.

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