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Meet the Mejia family

In today’s housing market, providing your children with a decent, affordable home is not an easy task for a growing family. Often families in the GTA have to make sacrifices to meet their housing needs. With your support, we are reversing the negative impacts of unaffordable and substandard housing for families like the Mejia’s.

After giving birth to their daughter, Hadasa in 2012, and twin boys Uziel and Eliu in 2017, Jose and Fatima moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom unit. Even though their rent increased, they felt that it was a move they had to make for their growing family. As the kids started to grow up, their current apartment was no longer suitable for the family of five.

Jose and Fatima share a bedroom with their three-year-old sons, and their daughter has her own room so she can focus on her homework. But recently, Hadasa has been scared to sleep in her bedroom.

“Our apartment has a mice problem and we are afraid that there are mice in the walls of our daughter’s bedroom,” said Jose. “There is a strong smell and we can no longer leave her bedroom door open when we are inside. Our children have become scared to go to sleep thinking that mice can be in their room.”

Infestations are not the only living challenges that their family currently faces. The neighbourhood has a reputation for violence and crime. There have been multiple episodes of gun violence in the area. One of the shootings even took place during the day in their apartment building’s parking lot.

“We fear for our children’s safety both inside and outside of our apartment building,” said Jose. “It has hit a point that we have no choice but to look for a new way to provide a safe and healthy home for our family.”

Jose and Fatima heard about Habitat for Humanity GTA from a friend. Shortly after applying, they learned that they qualified for a Habitat home at the Dalton Road build in the Town of Georgina. After attending an information session and submitting their documentation, they were approved to become Habitat homeowners.

“When we first learned that our family was accepted to be a Habitat homeowner, we felt motivated knowing that we are investing in ourselves,” said Jose. “This home will help us feel safe and secure, and will allow us to grow as a healthy family.”

Since receiving the life-changing news, the kids have been making plans about what they want their bedrooms and backyard to look like. And for the first time in seven years as parents, Jose and Fatima will finally have their own bedroom.

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