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Meet the Gountouvas Family

My children and I will soon have a place we’re proud to call home… I look forward to this day, and want to thank you for helping make this possible for my family.

Aglaia is a single mother who lives with her son, Marlon (10), daughter Maia (9), and aging mother in an unsafe neighbourhood. The children rarely leave their apartment building to go out to play, as Aglaia is constantly worried for her children’s safety. And she has every right to be – since the family has lived there, they have witnessed violence, public intoxication, and excessive noise from their neighbours that often keeps them up at night. The family occasionally sleeps in the living room to avoid the worst of the noise while they try and sleep.

“All I ever wanted for my children and I was to have a safe, decent place to call home. But it just wasn’t affordable as a working, single mother in the GTA,” said Aglaia.

The stress of their life affects her children. Their current apartment building is under construction and the dust coming in through the windows has caused her son to have recurring nose bleeds. Her daughter was being bullied at school – but after Aglaia received news that her application to become a Habitat homeowner was accepted, one of the first things she did was pull her daughter out of that school, and move both her kids to a new one close to where their Habitat home will be when it is finished.

Aglaia and her family will soon have a new Habitat home – one Aglaia pays for with affordable mortgage payments geared to her income, and where her children will have their own bedrooms to sleep and to do their homework in, and where the family can take walks in their neighbourhood together. Aglaia will no longer have to fear for her children’s safety as she builds strength, stability and independence in a decent and affordable Habitat home.

“My children and I will soon have a place we’re proud to call home,” says Aglaia. “A home where we’ll feel comfortable spending quality time together – inside and outside. I look forward to this day, and want to thank you for helping make this possible for my family.”

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