A safe affordable home is a need that we all share. Habitat Greater Ottawa partners with working families to help them build and buy their own suitable, affordable home through a unique homeownership program. We are now accepting applications from families interested in our Wateridge Development located at 455 Wanaki Road in Rockcliffe. Each stacked townhome contains 3 to 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, along with other amenities suitable for working families. The homes will be available for occupancy in 2020.
Purchasing a home through Habitat for Humanity provides families with the opportunity to build the foundation for a better life. Not only do families have the chance to invest in a home, becoming a Habitat homeowner provides long-term benefits to the families and surrounding communities as well. According to a study from the Boston Consulting Group, every $1 raised for Habitat creates $4 of social impact. Children who grow up in Habitat homes are four times more likely to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and 50% of families become more physically active, with better long-term health results!
Our homeownership program helps families build and purchase their own home with an affordable mortgage geared to income. Families must meet a set of criteria based on income and need for housing. Families that partner with us must also be willing and able to complete 500 volunteer hours (350 for single parents) with the organization, which includes helping out on our build site, volunteering at our ReStore and more.
Interested in applying? Click here to find out if you and your family qualify!
What if I do not meet the Habitat homeownership criteria?
We know that there are far too many people without access to safe, decent and affordable housing. We understand that Canadians need a wide range of affordable housing options that Habitat Greater Ottawa, as a single charitable organization, may not be able to provide.
In Ottawa, there are several government and community organizations and programs that may be able to assist with your current housing needs. Below are several organizations with whom we are currently partnered:
- City of Ottawa (for emergency shelter)
- The Housing Registry
- Housing Help
- Live Work Play (People with intellectual disabilities)
- Wabano Centre (Indigenous community)
- Gignul Housing (Indigenous community)
- Wounded Warriors Canada
If you do not currently meet our homeownership criteria we still encourage you to stay in touch with Habitat Greater Ottawa should your situation change. Please feel free to contact us at any time.