History of Habitat GO


Habitat for Humanity GO Vision, Mission & Values


A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.


To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.


  • All people should have access to safe, decent and affordable housing.
  • Every human being has dignity and worth. We respect the people we serve and those who help us.
  • We can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.
  • We serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion.
  • We are committed to enriching our organization through diversity and there is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values

History of Habitat GO

Since 1993, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO, formerly known as Habitat National Capital Region), has served 72 families in the Greater Ottawa area, which includes more than 175 children. This year, we have completed construction on a single-family home in Carleton Place and another single-family home in Perth, which is in partnership with Algonquin College's Advanced Housing - Carpentry program. We has also begun Phase 1 in four townhomes of our largest development to date, which is called Leacross Landing and will total 16 townhomes when completed.

The first Habitat GO homes was built on Roman Avenue in 1994 and shortly afterward two houses were built on Monique Street. The first ReStore was opened  in 1997 with the help of a strong volunteer force. CFRA Place, named after the radio station for its commitment of $150,000, was built in 1997-1998 on a small strip of vacant land at the corner of Kevin and Elstree Avenues. By 1999, Habitat GO had built 11 homes.

In 2002, the "Ed Schreyer Build Project" brought Habitat GO into the spotlight when hundreds of people and many, many companies came together to build eight homes in 10 days! The impact was so great that many of those community builders are still giving their time and expertise, plus the all-important building supplies and financial support needed to build homes and build hope.

In 2005, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sponsored "Mountie House" on Pinecrest Road, and the next year "OPPI" and the "Pidgeon Family" built another double townhouse alongside it.

A second ReStore was opened in October 2007 at 7 Enterprise Avenue, with more square footage, parking, great deals on kitchens, and all of the regular ReStore products you would see at the east-end ReStore at 2370 Walkley - doors, windows, flooring, bathware and more.

Women Builds in 2007 and 2008 proved to be especially infectious for the bug we call "Habititis" as over 1,500 new volunteers signed up to build with us. Beginning in 2008, we built homes on Tillbury Avenue, Durocher Street, and Tulip Crescent. Work then began on Appleton Drive, with the family moving into their new home in January 2010.

2010 was a busy year with a retrofit finished on Kevin Avenue for a new family and the renovation of "The Gift Home" in the west end. We also finished a home in Stittsville on Carp Road.

In 2011, we completed three retrofits on Hiawatha Park Road, Pinecrest Road, and Hampstead Place in Ottawa. Work also began on our first build in the Carleton Place area, and a retrofit began of an 140-year-old farmhouse that had been ravaged by fire in Kemptville.

In 2012, we completed the home on King Street in Carleton Place and completed a pre-engineered double for two families on Sarah Street in Carleton Place.

Three homes were built on Nantes Street in Orleans, including Habitat GO's first urban Indigenous Build. In the fall of 2013, the retrofit of an older Habitat GO also began, and was purchased by a Habitat partner family in December 2013.

Another four homes on Nantes Street in Orleans were completed and they were purchased by four families with a combined 15 children. The East ReStore and Habitat GO office also moved from Walkley Road to 768 Belfast Rd., near the Trainyards.

Habitat GO started construction of five homes in 2015 - four homes in Orleans and one home in Overbrook. The Overbrook home was completed in October 2015, thanks to a unique partnership with PCL Constructors Ottawa district. In partnership with their suppliers and trade contractors, PCL was the home sponsor and general contractor on the single-family home build, which was also Habitat GO's second urban Indigenous Build. The four homes in Orleans are located on Cousineau Street and they were completed in the summer of 2016.

Construction of two single-family homes also began in 2016 -- one in Carleton Place in partnership with our new Carleton Place Chapter, which was completed in March 2017, and another in Perth in partnership with Algonquin College's Construction Carpentry - Advanced Housing program. The Algonquin students built the home as part of their curriculum until the end of April 2017 and Habitat GO's staff and volunteers completed the home in the summer.

Habitat GO has also begun construction on its largest property to date at the corner of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard and Fortune Drive in Orléans with plans to build 16 townhouses on the lot over the next three to four years. Construction of four townhouses in Phase 1 is underway.

Thank you to all of the individuals, land donors, volunteers, financial donors and sponsors, tradespeople, building material donors, committee members, Builder's Club members, ReStore shoppers, community event holders, fundraisers, can collectors, lunch donors, and HabiChat subscribers. Every one of our supporters deserves to be applauded for their role in helping to build Habitat GO into the busy, vibrant affliate that it has become, building foundations for the future.

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