Habitat for Humanity GTA calls for community support on World Habitat Day

TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - To commemorate World Habitat Day on October 5, 2015, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) will demonstrate their work in the GTA by making the dream of homeownership a reality for six low-income families, and showcasing their new video, "Transforming Communities. Transforming Lives." With the aim of bringing attention to the need for more affordable housing in the GTA, the charity will gather Visionary donors such as Ed and Fran Clark, as well as volunteers and community partners to dedicate four homes at 960 Brimley Road, in Scarborough at 10:30 a.m., and another two homes on two other build sites at 2:00 p.m.

The day will shed light on the need for adequate shelter for families like the Ali family, who will receive the keys to their new Habitat home on Brimley Road. Mohammed lives with his wife Fozia, who is currently pursuing higher education, and their four children, who are all under the age of twelve. Presently, they live in a two-bedroom apartment in an unsafe neighbourhood. "We were just wishing one day we would have a better place and better area to live," says Mohammed Ali.

Event Schedule

What:

World Habitat Day Dedication Ceremony & Mayoral Proclamation Presentation

When:

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Where:

960 Brimley Road, Toronto

Who:

Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA, Visionary Sponsors Ed and Fran Clark, Habitat volunteers, donors and community partners, and Habitat GTA Partner Families: Ali Family, Abay Family, Ali-Parveen Family, and Abdul Family

 

About World Habitat Day:
Officially designated by the United Nations in 1985, the purpose of World Habitat Day is to bring global attention to the need for better shelter around the world. On this day, supporters of adequate shelter around the globe, participate in special activities urging community partners and leaders to shift priorities and change the systems, policies, and attitudes that lead to poverty housing.

About Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to help hardworking, low-income families break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership. One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of our ReStore locations. Habitat ReStores sell new and gently-used donated building and household products. Every 5.5 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their housing situation somewhere in the world.

***MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND INTERVIEWS WILL BE AVAILABLE***

Please visit habitatgta.ca for more information on Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity GTA

For further information: Joanna M. Dwyer, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, 155 Bermondsey Road | Toronto, ON M4A 1X9, E: Joanna.dwyer@habitatgta.ca | C: (416) 277 3064 | T: (416) 755 7353 x 259

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