why it matters
living in substandard housing hurts families and communities.
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 living in unsafe neighbourhoods, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear.
Habitat for Humanity GTA knows that affordable homeownership plays a critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership 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 children. Families are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between them and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.
creating a ripple effect
As overwhelming as these challenges seem, Habitat for Humanity offers an important piece of the puzzle. The hand up we provide working, lower income families to help realize their full potential, transforms lives of parents and children.
Each time we build a Habitat home, there is a ripple effect.
- The rental unit previously occupied by the Habitat family becomes available for another family.
- Families realize financial independence, avoiding the trap of second generational poverty.
- And mortgage payments, increased income taxes and property taxes paid by these families help build stronger communities across the GTA.