Ottawa, ON (June 14, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa is thrilled to celebrate the completion of four townhomes in Orleans at a Build Ceremony to be held at 2pm today. The dedication of these homes closes off Phase I of Leacross Landing, a 16-unit townhome development in the city’s east end. Today also marked the ground breaking of Phase II, which is slated for completion in December 2018.

“This development marks a change in our organization from builders to developers” says Alexis Ashworth, CEO, Habitat GO. “We are planning to grow from building four units per year to eight per year in 2019. Doubling our capacity will be a true milestone for us, and we are relying heavily on our community volunteers, donors and sponsors to see this through. We’re very thankful for all the community support we’ve received to date, and we’re proud to welcome these families to their new homes.”

“The City of Ottawa is proud to support Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s housing efforts. These new East-end developments will help numerous families settle into a stable place and community they can call home. By working collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa, the City is increasing its affordable housing stock and investing in important programs and initiatives that will help us continue to provide access to safe and affordable housing for all our residents,” says Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa.

In the words of our new homeowners:

“As a mother, owning a Habitat home is really a life changer for me and my son. We are going to build our life in a safe, comfortable, healthy home. The home will give us a sense of belonging and security and I am very thankful for that,” says Annie, Habitat homeowner. “The Habitat GO community really is a community. It is a community of passionate individuals that work together to create better lives for others. I feel so fortunate that I got to meet so many wonderful people throughout this entire process.”

“We want to ensure a better environment that is healthy and safe for our children,” says Abdellatif. “This is only possible thanks to Habitat GO and to all those who are helping make this dream a reality.”

“Being a single mother is not easy, but finally all of my hard work has paid off,” says Tereza. “Now we will have a home to create memories in and a place my children can look back in 20 years and say, ‘That’s the home we grew up in.’”

“I want to make a better life for my family,” says Hadi. “This new home will be better for my family and encourage my kids to look forward to a better life.”

Habitat GO could not build without the support of the community, volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to the Leacross Foundation, City of Ottawa, Law Build and Lockheed Martin for their generous sponsorship of this development.

Media are welcome to attend the event at 6208 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. in Orleans from 2pm-3pm.

Habitat GO is currently accepting family applications for Phase III and will be hosting an Open House for

prospective home buyers on June 16th from 2-4pm. More information is available at

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Vanessa Schwarz
Director of Operations and Communications
Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

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