Four new Habitat for Humanity homes will come to Orléans this year, with another house built in Overbrook.
The four homes – two singles and two semi-detached – will be located on the lots at 1277 and 1279 Cousineau St., which is near the intersection of St. Joseph and Orléans boulevards.
Four families moved into new Habitat for Humanity homes on Nantes Street last December.
“We’re going to be doing more simple, affordable houses,” said Ottawa’s Habitat for Humanity CEO Alexis Ashworth. “The houses we built on Nantes were a little more elaborate because of the neighbourhood.”
The Cousineau lots are narrow and deep, she said, so the two singles will be at the front of the lot, and the semi-detached homes at the back of the lot.
They are currently in the planning stage and will start to build the four Orléans homes in May. They’re expected to be complete by the end of November.
There will be special build days at the homes, with a women’s build taking over one of the semi-detached homes. Teams of 10 to 15 women who raise $10,000 will book specific construction days. Ashworth said they are aiming to have 20 teams take part.
There will also be another special build site, with high school and college students working on a home.
So far, the community response has been positive, Ashworth said. She said Habitat for Humanity staff met with members of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association several months ago, and they were very supportive of the project.
The Habitat for Humanity Home in Overbrook is being overseen by PCL Constructors Canada Inc. It will be home to an aboriginal family.
CALL FOR FAMILIES
Habitat for Humanity is still accepting applications for families to purchase the Habitat for Humanity homes. Some families have been selected, but there are still some available.
Ashworth encourages families interested in applying to visit the Habitat for Humanity website at habitatncr.com to get more information, or contact family services manager Marilyn Denison at 613-749-9950, ext. 225.
To be eligible for a Habitat for Humanity home, families must be in a certain income level, be steadily employed but unable to afford or obtain a conventional mortgage, and be living somewhere that does not meet their family’s needs. The applicant must also be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be prepared to contribute 500 sweat equity hours: time spent working on construction of the house or work of equal value.