Habitat for Humanity Brampton celebrates groundbreaking for new home at Hoskins Square in Brampton

New home built to green standards, making home ownership even more affordable

BRAMPTON, ON, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Brampton today broke ground on a new home at Hoskins Square in Brampton, the first of a planned 36 new homes over the next 10 years. The new home will be built to green standards and is expected to offer at least $300 in annual utility cost savings, compared to conventional homes, making home ownership more affordable.

"Today, we're starting the process of making home ownership accessible to another family in Brampton by getting the Hoskins Square home build under way," says Thomas Fischer, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Brampton. "We estimate that there are more than more families that would qualify for a Habitat home like this and it's tremendous to see the response from the community to making this build a reality."

Both Gordon Food Service and BDO in Mississauga raised more than $75,000 each to make the Hoskins Square home build possible and staff will be participating in actual home construction.

"Habitat for Humanity's dedication to the community is truly commendable," said Peter Campbell, Managing Partner of BDO's Mississauga office. "We are honoured to be part of this build and to play a key role in helping local families to realize their dreams of home ownership."

Lisa MacNeil, Director of Multi Unit sales at Gordon Food Service joined with Peter Campbell of BDO to participate in launching the home build.

"Staff have really responded to supporting such an important cause," said Frank Geier, President of Gordon Food Service in Canada. "This home on Hoskins Square in Brampton is the first of eight Habitat for Humanity Homes that Gordon Food Service plans to assist with across the country over the next several years."

In addition to the two corporate sponsors, politicians, and members of the community were on hand for the sod turning ceremony. Dignitaries on hand included former Ontario Premier Bill Davis, who also is honorary chair for Habitat for Humanity Brampton; Kuldip Kular, MPP for Bramalea/Gore/Malton and Sandra Hames, Regional Councillor for Wards 7 & 8.

Habitat for Humanity Brampton continues to reach out to the Brampton community as it seeks to find 36 families for the homes it is building over the next 10 years. People interested should contact Habitat for Humanity in Brampton at 905-455-0883 x 231 or visit http://habitatbrampton.com .

About Habitat for Humanity Brampton
Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, and its mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Image with caption: "(l-r) Gordon Food Service Director of Multi Unit Sales Lisa MacNeil, BDO Mississauga Managing Partner Peter Campbell, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Thomas Fischer and former Ontario Premier Bill Davis turn the sod for a new Habitat home at a groundbreaking ceremony in Brampton, Ontario, on June 22, 2011. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Brampton)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110622_C8509_PHOTO_EN_01.jpg

Image with caption: "Former Ontario premier Bill Davis addresses the crowd at a Habitat for Humanity Brampton groundbreaking ceremony for a new home at Hoskins Square in Brampton on June 22, 2011. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Brampton)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110622_C8509_PHOTO_EN_02.jpg

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Brampton

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