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Our Families

Meet our Habitat Greater Ottawa families

At Habitat Greater Ottawa, we’re lucky to do what we do: helping local families to gain strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. Read on to learn about just a few of our families’ stories and their journey to becoming Habitat homeowners.

Interested in a Habitat home? Click here to go to our Homeownership page for more information.


Pablo & Claire

Pablo and Claire used to live in a cramped apartment in an unsafe neighbourhood. They were worried about their two sons, Esteban and Santiago, growing up in such an unpredictable environment. Thanks to Habitat, Pablo and Claire are now happy knowing their children are in a safe community where they can go outside to play and meet up with friends.

Meet Isabelle

After leaving Prince Edward Island, Isabelle and her son Caleb moved to Ottawa to start a new life. Unable to find an affordable home or rental, the single mom had to move in with her parents. Now, the future Habitat homeowner is looking forward to financial stability and saving up for her son’s future. 

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Meet Said and Aisha

After immigrating to Canada from Rwanada in the mid-2000s, Said worked his way through school and found a steady job at Canada Post. As future Habitat homeowners, Said and his wife Aisha are looking forward to moving out of their unsafe neighbourhood and providing their sons Zaym and Naym with a safe and stable place to call home. 

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Shane & Laura

Living in a cramped rental in need of repairs, Shane and Laura were overwhelmed. With expensive hydro bills and rent, they didn’t see how they could ever afford a down payment for a home. On top of that, their children were getting sick due to the mold and mildew in the home. Since moving in 2017, Shane and Laura are amazed at the difference and positive impact a Habitat home has had on their family.

Meet Nilian and Tha

Nilian and his wife Tha were living as refugees in India and wanted a fresh start in a new country. Sixteen years later, Nilian, Tha and their two sons Benjamin and Samuel proudly call themselves Canadian citizens. Now, they can also call themselves official homeowners.

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Meet Annie

Annie was part of our Urban Indigenous Housing build for Phase I of Leacross Landing. Although she had a steady job, she was unable to save up for a down payment nor find affordable housing for her and her son Hunter. Since moving to Leacross Landing, Annie says she has achieved her dream of providing Hunter with a home in a safe and loving community.

Click here to read her story.