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Jerry Howarth joins HOMES and building industry for baseball tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity GTA

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Jerry Howarth joins HOMES and building industry for baseball tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity GTA

The 2019 Sixth Annual Builder Baseball charity softball tournament at Richmond Green Park in Richmond Hill was a rousing success, raising $53,000 for Habitat for Humanity GTA and bringing the six-year total up to $247,000.

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2019 Winning Team : Sun-Brite / Torlys

Heavy rains cancelled the actual games but did not dampen spirits, as 24 teams, 360 players, plus sponsors and volunteers, braved the inclement weather to soak up the atmosphere, camaraderie and refreshments.

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This year’s event featured special guest Jerry Howarth, legendary former Blue Jays broadcaster, who chatted with the hundreds of participants, shared fascinating stories and signed autographs.

The day culminated with a cheque presentation to Habitat for Humanity GTA in the amount of $53,000, presented by Michael Rosset, Publisher of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG).

Special kudos to Michael Rosset, Josh Rosset and Frances Mangos of HOMES Publishing Group, Tiffany Kohl, BILD and Michelle Vestergaard of Enbridge, for pulling the tournament together.

The tournament was rescheduled for mid September.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS:

  • HOMES Publishing Group
  • BILD
  • Enbridge Gas
  • Toronto Star
  • Geoscape Contracting
  • Opus Homes
  • Sun-Brite/Torlys
  • RenoRun
  • Martino HVAC
  • Enercare
  • Raywal Cabinets
  • Bell
  • Caesarstone
  • Sensational Signs
  • Carma

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Pat Tabler helps Habitat for Humanity benefit from home runs

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Pat Tabler helps Habitat for Humanity benefit from home runs

The 2018 Fifth Annual Builder Baseball charity softball tournament was a tremendous success, raising $54,000 (up from $42,000 in 2017) for Habitat for Humanity GTA and a four-year total of $194,000.

This year’s event featured a special guest appearance by Pat Tabler, 60, who played second base for the Chicago Cubs and first base for the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, finishing his career as a Toronto Blue Jays. He is now a colour analyst for the Blue Jays on Rogers Sportsnet.

In his 11-year major league career, he had a batting average of .282, had 47 home runs and 512 runs batted in. Tabler was a member of the Blue Jays World Series championship team in 1992 and was a All-Star in 1987.

A total of more than 400 players on 24 teams took to the diamonds at Richmond Green in Richmond Hill for the fifth annual event, followed by dinner, networking and a cheque presentation to Habitat For Humanity.

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The competition was fierce, but the Enbridge team prevailed and took home the championship trophy after beating the team from the Globe and Mail.

The event was organized in partnership with the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and HOMES Publishing Group (HPG). Gold sponsors were HPG, BILD, Enbridge Gas and the Toronto Star.

Special kudos to chief co-ordinator Frances Mangos of HPG and organizing committee members Michael Rosset and Josh Rosset of HPG, Tiffany Kohl of BILD and Michelle Vestergaard of Enbridge for putting together the tournament. Their hard work paid off in a big way, with the real winners being BILD’s Habitat partner family.

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Habitat for Humanity GTA opening ReStore in Vaughan

Habitat for Humanity GTA opening ReStore in Vaughan

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Habitat for Humanity GTA opening ReStore in Vaughan

ReStore will be open for donation drop-offs and shopping by the end of February 2018.

Habitat for Humanity GTA will be opening a new ReStore in Vaughan 2180 Steeles Avenue West near Keele Street. The store will be open for donation drop-offs and shopping by the end of February.

Habitat ReStore is the socially, environmentally and economically sustainable retailer that provides amazing deals on quality new and used goods and materials for home improvement. They collect donations of home furnishings, appliances and renovation materials from the community, while revenue generated from sales helps cover the cost of building homes for families in the GTA.

You can also book a home deconstruction with Habitat ReStore. Their Professional Services Team will come to your home and carefully and efficiently dismantle and remove major household items leading up to your renovation.

Habitat for Humanity operates 10 ReStores across the GTA.

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Consumer Protection: Building Communities One Home at a Time

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Consumer Protection: Building Communities One Home at a Time

Tarion is committed to protecting new homes for Ontarians — but more often than not what we consider our ‘tools of the trade’ would be computers and phones, not drills or saws. Last month however, a team of Tarion employees showed what they could do with hammers and nails as they helped build homes for two deserving families in London, Ontario.

The construction project, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, was the 10th build that Tarion staff have helped support over the past decade. This year, we were helping to build homes for the Kassa and Cooper families.

The Kassa family — a mother and two adult children, one of whom is in a wheelchair — currently live in an apartment that was never built to accommodate someone with disabilities. The Kassa’s new home will be equipped with accessibility features that will enable the daughter with cerebral palsy to move more freely and allow her mother to more easily care for her.

The Coopers are a family of seven that fled a civil war in Liberia and came to Canada in 2005. They have been squeezed into a tiny, cramped apartment ever since. Their new home, while still modest in size, will provide them with a lot more space to grow and thrive together.

Most of our volunteer team had never worked in construction nor had they participated in a Habitat build before. I was able to catch up with a few of the employees who took part and ask them about their experience. Despite being tired and a little achy, all of them said they would do it again.

One employee told me he now has a better appreciation for the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into building a new home.

Another said she felt honoured to play a part in these families’ homeownership stories.

Tarion’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity began over 20 years ago when the organization first registered as a new home builder in Ontario. Since that time, we have waived enrolment fees for over 1,000 of their homes, which amounts to more than $520,000 in savings! Enrolment fees are what builders pay to register every new house or condominium unit in Ontario’s new home warranty program.

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity is a rewarding and educational experience for staff and a crucial part of Tarion’s culture as a caring organization that is committed to building better communities across the province.

The Coopers and Kassas will soon be able to move into their new homes and we are very proud to have helped change the lives of these two families.

HOWARD BOGACH is president and CEO of Tarion Warranty Corp., a private corporation established to protect the rights of new homebuyers and to regulate new home builders. Tarion.com

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Canadians believe we need affordable housing solutions

Canadians believe we need affordable housing solutions

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Canadians believe we need affordable housing solutions

A majority of Canadians have made it clear: we are not paying enough attention to affordable housing needs and solutions, according to a new Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing Survey.

“Ten years ago, affordable housing was a hidden issue – it affected so many people and yet no one was talking about it,” said Mark Rodgers, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “It’s clear from the results of this survey that people understand how important having access to decent and affordable housing is. But they feel that not enough is being done to solve the problem. At Habitat, we’ll continue to partner with communities, governments, as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors to provide long-term solutions to affordable housing issues for working families, while urging the government to include affordable homeownership as part of the solution as it develops a national housing strategy for all Canadians.”

On behalf of Habitat for Humanity, PSB Researched surveyed 1,000 people in the United States and Canada, examining the perceptions, challenges and benefits of affordable housing in both countries. The survey was conducted ahead of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will build over 150 homes in Canada this summer.

“Rosalynn and I are pleased to be bringing together volunteers to build alongside families during this year’s Carter Work Project,” said Carter while at a build site in Edmonton. “Housing affordability in Canada is at an all-time low. We are proud supporters of Habitat for Humanity and grateful to everyone who is joining us in our efforts to bring affordable housing to families across the country.”

“The homes we are building in Canada will bring much needed stability to so many families,” said Rodgers. “We are thrilled to be welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Canada and to see so many communities across the country coming together during this one week to help empower families through affordable homeownership.”

Since 1984, the Carters have traveled around the world with Habitat, donating their time and voices annually to build and improve homes and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, the Carters have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

Homeownership remains a top achievement for most people. Nine out of 10 Canadians (91 per cent) say that owning a home is one of their greatest achievements in life. Among renters, a majority of Canadians (77 per cent) cite owning a home as one of their top goals.

While homeownership has become much more challenging for Canadians, it remains completely out of reach for many low-income families. That means too many are without access to safe, secure and affordable housing. Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people, providing working families on low incomes with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home.

Survey respondents identified high cost as the top barrier to homeownership (91 per cent in Canada), followed closely by difficulties obtaining a mortgage (75 per cent). Most do not expect the situation to get much better: a majority of Canadian respondents (84 per cent) believe housing costs will go up in the next five years.

According to the survey, most Canadians have struggled with housing costs at some point in their lives, and over 40 per cent currently struggle to pay housing costs. In order to pay those costs, many have had to cut back in other important areas such as food (40 per cent), dental care (30 per cent) or education (12 per cent).

Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership helps families build strength, stability and independence – and builds stronger, healthier communities at the same time. Affordable housing is a foundation for reducing poverty and achieving economic growth, with the potential to positively impact an even wider range of societal issues.

A 2015 Boston Consulting Group report on Habitat for Humanity Canada’s social impact calculated that for every $1 invested in Habitat, there are $4 worth of benefits to the community, resulting in almost $48 million of benefits in 2016. According to the survey, many Canadians know that access to decent and affordable housing can contribute to a community’s overall health and help kids do better in school. At least eight out of 10 Canadians agree that having affordable, stable housing contributes to public health (87 per cent), community safety (90 per cent), economic growth (92 per cent) and children’s education (91 per cent).

Continuing Habitat’s action on this issue, from July 9 to 14, former President Carter and his wife participated in Habitat’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, focusing their efforts on Edmonton and Winnipeg. Almost 50 communities across Canada will be participating, helping build over 150 homes alongside 150 families to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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Ferguson Jenkins helps Habitat for Humanity benefit from home runs

Ferguson Jenkins helps Habitat for Humanity benefit from home runs

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Ferguson Jenkins helps Habitat for Humanity benefit from home runs

The 2017 Fourth Annual Builder Baseball charity softball tournament was a tremendous success, raising $42,000 (up from $38,000 in 2016) for Habitat for Humanity GTA and a four-year total of $151,000.

This year’s event featured a special guest appearance by Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, 74, the only Canadian-born major leaguer elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Left, Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins with Michael Rosset of HOMES Publishing Group
Left, Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins with Michael Rosset of HOMES Publishing Group

Born in Chatham, Jenkins won the Cy Young Award in 1971 while pitching for the Chicago Cubs. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox during his illustrious career, which spanned from 1956 to 1983. Jenkins also played for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in the off-season from 1967 to 1969.

In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1974, Jenkins, who was then playing with the Rangers, became the first baseball player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, an award given to Canada’s top athlete of the year.

A total of more than 400 players on 24 teams took to the diamonds at Richmond Green in Richmond Hill for the fourth annual event, followed by dinner, networking and a cheque presentation to Habitat For Humanity.

The competition was fierce, but MNP prevailed and took home the championship trophy after beating the team from the Globe and Mail.

The event was organized in partnership with the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and HOMES Publishing Group. Special kudos to organizing committee members Michael Rosset, Josh Rosset and Frances Mangos of HOMES Publishing Group, Tiffany Kohl of BILD and Michelle Vestergaard of Enbridge for putting together the tournament. Their hard work paid off in a big way, with the real winners being BILD’s Habitat partner family.

Gold sponsors were HPG, BILD, Enbridge Gas and the Toronto Star.

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Real Insight: The Benefits Of Owning Your Own Condo

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Real Insight: The Benefits Of Owning Your Own Condo

People are looking at more creative ways to get into the market.

Consumers are teaming up to buy a home with family and/or friends, families are looking to alternative housing options that are offered beyond the traditional detached property — perhaps a townhouse or condo is more suitable to their lifestyle — and some are even looking to areas/neighbourhoods outside of the more well-known “hot pockets.”

There are also several programs that can help assist with a down payment, and a realtor may advise as to your options. One notable mention goes to Habitat for Humanity GTA. Habitat helps low income families achieve their dream of home ownership through decent affordable housing, and most recently TREB contributed $150,000 to a new home build for a local family at Habitat’s 140 Pinery Trail build site.

Growing your wealth

Buying a home — whether ground related or in a condo tower — ownership will likely be the largest investments in your life. Ownership can offer you a straightforward way to build your wealth and save for retirement. And unlike other investments, you can live in your home as it provides a nest egg for your future. Plus, if your home is your principal residence, price gains are exempt from capital gains tax.

Be a part of a community

Finally, your home provides you with the backdrop for all of life’s most important events. Owning your home means contributing to, and becoming part of a vibrant community — this is the part of your investment that you just can’t put a price on. Owning a condo in a neighbourhood you can call “home” buys you a sense of security and peace of mind that is truly priceless.

So, whether you’re considering buying your first property, or you’re looking to downsize to a more manageable space, remember that home ownership is a great investment.

LARRY CERQUA is president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, a professional association that represents 45,000 professional realtor members in the Greater Toronto Area. You can contact him at TREBpres@trebnet.com.

 

 

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Budget good for National Housing Strategy

Budget good for National Housing Strategy

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Budget good for National Housing Strategy

(CNW) — Habitat for Humanity Canada is applauding the federal government for making historic investments in affordable housing. The budget provides the necessary fuel to support the implementation of a National Housing Strategy.

Habitat for Humanity is pleased that the budget invests in a range of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing and ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. It is also encouraged to see additional funding to help address the need for improved housing in the North, support for Indigenous peoples not living on reserves, and making more federal lands available for affordable housing, as well as the significant commitment of $5 billion towards a new National Housing Fund.

Like investments in infrastructure, investments in housing are good for the economy, communities and families, Habitat for Humanity said in a statement. Housing contributes to stronger communities and provides a social return on investment that results in improved health, educational and job outcomes. In the case of Habitat homeownership, families no longer rely on government assistance for housing and move from social/rental housing into affordable homeownership, creating a space for others in need.

Habitat is committed to a continued partnership with the federal government in developing and implementing the initiatives outlined in the budget and ensuring that Canadians have the opportunity to access affordable homeownership as one of the options resulting from this budget.

“The National Housing Strategy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change,” said Mark Rodgers, president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada. “To be effective, we must invest in all parts of the housing continuum, including affordable homeownership.

“Habitat for Humanity Canada is working to bridge the gap between social/rental housing and market housing, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with government in making that happen.”

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local associations working in every province and territory, it provides a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit habitat.ca.


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VELUX celebrates 75 years by giving the gift of ‘light’ to Habitat Halton-Mississauga families

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VELUX celebrates 75 years by giving the gift of ‘light’ to Habitat Halton-Mississauga families

In 1941, Danish entrepreneur and inventor, Villum Kann Rasmussen, came up with an idea that would transform dark attics into livable spaces. His first roof window was patented in 1942. The company name, VELUX, was created to highlight the key benefits of his invention: ‘VE’, short for ventilation and ‘LUX’, Latin for the word light.

In 2016 VELUX celebrated 75 years of daylight and fresh air by sending a challenge out to over 9900 employees in 40 countries worldwide to engage in an event or team building activity using the number “75”. What resulted when VELUX Canada Managers sat down brainstorming ideas to make the challenge a reality? Arethea Harris, National Marketing & Communications Manager, explains, “We thought ‘why not 75 days of building?’ We are a supply manufacturer, this is our industry, we are a leader in our industry and that’s essentially how we connected our challenge with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga (HFHHM).”

Arethea Harris (left) & Nels Moxness (right) celebrate VELUX Canada’s 75 Days of building.

Nels Moxness, President & CEO, adds, “The fit’s really good. We are about creating better living space for the homeowner. Of course, that’s exactly what Habitat is doing, improving lives and building a better living space.” And their support didn’t end with the 75 days of building. VELUX Canada saw that there was a need for natural light in the units of the 13 townhome build they were working on and thought ‘wouldn’t it be amazing to bring ‘light’ into the new homeowners lives?’ They put a call out to one of their VIP Elite Installers, Snow’s Construction, and when company owner Patrick Snow heard the project was for Habitat, he committed immediately. Subsequently, 13 VELUX Sun Tunnels were installed in just 2 ½ days, providing Habitat families with the gift of ‘light’.

VELUX is no stranger to working with charities. Since 1971 and the formation of the VILLUM FONDEN foundation, a greater part of all company profits are donated back to society, having given away an equivalent of 1.4 billion Canadian dollars worldwide over the last 10 years.

When asked about their Habitat experience and what they learned over the 75 days, Arethea comments, “Giving back to the community was really wonderful. Words cannot describe the feeling knowing that you helped a family who is now able to live in a well-built, well-lit space. Overall, it was a special experience. The team building was something that we got out of the process that we weren’t expecting. We created lasting memories our employees will never forget.”

Want to learn more about HFHHM’s Corporate Team Building opportunities? Visit workingforachange.ca or contact Melissa Foley at mfoley@habitathm.ca.

VELUX Canada staff and professional installers from Snow’s Construction spent 2 ½ days  on Habitat’s Burlington build site, providing families with the gift of ‘light’.

 

 

 

The final result – let there be ‘light’.

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