Habitat Partner Family of 14 open the doors to their new home and a brighter future

TORONTO, July 28, 2014 /CNW/ - On July 30, 2014, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA), in partnership with Modular Homes, will celebrate the completion of the Costa family home by presenting the family of 14 with keys to their new home located at 828 Runnymede Road, near Jane St. and St. Clair Avenue West, in the Runnymede area of Toronto.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jose, Tanya and their children into their new home and community," says Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area. "Today is another great example, of how Habitat for Humanity works with community partners and volunteers to give a hand up, not a hand out, to a hardworking family."

Jose and Tanya Costa can't lay claim to monetary abundance, but consider themselves rich with 12 children. However for Jose and Tanya, providing for their family, including four children under the age of twelve with special needs due to autism, has been a challenge. Since Jose immigrated to Canada from Portugal, and Tanya from the U.S.A, the two have worked tirelessly to provide for their family. The main problem is, their house is falling down around them. While they were willing to move, they didn't know of any other place that would take them. For a family of 14, renting is not easy.

"Purchasing a Habitat home will change all of our futures," says Tanya Costa. "We will not only have a home of our own, but we will continue contributing to Habitat's mission by helping build homes for other families in need of a better future."

Through the support of corporate sponsors, Habitat GTA was able to provide this affordable home with the donation of the exterior of the home by Modular Homes. Habitat GTA volunteers then completed the interior and landscaping of the home.

Event Schedule


828 Runnymede Rd Home Dedication


Habitat for Humanity GTA, Modular Homes, and the Costa Family. Other sponsors: Nissan (Title Home Sponsor), Realtor's Care Foundation, Silvio Construction, and Genworth Canada.


July 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m.


828 Runnymede (Jane St. and St. Clair Avenue West)


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

SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity Toronto

For further information: or media requests, please contact: Joanna M. Dwyer, Director, Marketing & Communications, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, C: 416-708-6481 | T: 416-755-7353 ext. 259 | E: Joanna.Dwyer@habitatgta.ca


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