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After We Pay Rent
There’s Nothing Left

Alyssa is a truly inspiring person.

She is a single mom raising three kids in downtown Toronto. Her 10-year-old son, Braiden loves hockey and Star Wars Lego. She also has twin girls, Raegen and Ella who are eight years old, share a bedroom and love unicorns, Disney princesses and dolls. Ella lives with cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair to assist, with her balance and posture.

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If renting a home is your only option, it is incredibly challenging – or nearly impossible – to find an affordable, accessible home. This has certainly been the case for Alyssa. Up until recently, she lived in a building where there was no elevator and had to carry Ella up the stairs. As her daughter grew, and stairs became more challenging, Alyssa made the decision to move her family to a building with more space and a working elevator.

Unfortunately, it was far from affordable. Alyssa has to work two, sometimes three jobs so she can pay her rent which costs more than $4,000 per month. Alyssa is a social worker specializing in youth mental health and also teaches social work at a college. During the pandemic when the entire family was home she said it was especially challenging at times but Alyssa says she’s passionate about her work and loves looking after people.

“Trying to find something that’s big enough for the four of us that’s still safe, clean and in a decent neighbourhood, close to Ella’s hospital and specialized programs – it’s really hard to find that in Toronto.”

It is worrisome to hear just how much Alyssa has to give up just to pay her rent. Since she first moved into the building she has spent all of her life savings. She has had some months where she didn’t have enough money left for food and had to use her credit card to buy groceries. As Alyssa says, after she pays rent at the end of the month, there’s nothing left.

We see countless households – often made up of parents with decent jobs – who cannot get ahead in life because of the housing affordability crisis.

That’s where Habitat for Humanity GTA comes in. We are the leading provider of affordable home ownership in the GTA. For more than 30 years, we have been changing lives for families like Alyssa’s. With our unique Habitat Homeownership program, our partner families have manageable mortgage plans geared to their income. Rather than continuing to pay unaffordable rent with nothing left at the end of the day, families can start to build equity and brighter futures.

Throughout our history, we’ve helped more than 500 families to know the strength, stability and self-reliance that comes from affordable homeownership. We’re also now embarking on a plan to build more homes in the next five years than ever before.

Today we’re asking for your support. If you believe that hard-working people like Alyssa – and countless other families in the GTA – deserve to have a home they can afford then we ask you to donate.

Your contribution, no matter how small, together with support from our other donors and partners helps build Habitat Homes in your community and across the GTA.