World Habitat Day Advisory - Habitat for Humanity Toronto to Release Study on The Benefits of Habitat Homeownership on the City of Toronto

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Toronto will release its inaugural third party study, From Subsidies to Sustainable Communities: The Benefits of Habitat Homeownership on the City of Toronto, outlining sustainable financial achievements for partner families and for the City of Toronto, at City Hall during World Habitat Day celebrations on Monday October 3, 2011.  Data will highlight success of the Habitat housing model.

"The Habitat homeownership model allows partner families the ability to build equity for their future while creating economic wealth within their communities", says Neil Hetherington, CEO Habitat for Humanity Toronto. "We have seen the average household income increased 8% year over year. What's more, the Habitat homeownership model enabled families to move out of subsidized housing and becoming responsible homeowners, having the means to contribute financially back to the City.  In 2010, Habitat partner families contributed nearly $400,000 in property taxes, helping to fund the services and programs vital to our communities. We are thrilled to be able to share this level of information and more with the Mayor, council members, and residents of the City of Toronto."

The information release will be part of the celebratory activities Habitat Toronto has planned in honour of World Habitat Day 2011.  This year, World Habitat Day marks a significant milestone in the work Habitat for Humanity has done to alleviate poverty housing around the world.  Habitat International will dedicate their 500,000th home. Locally, Habitat Toronto will dedicate its 206th home.

World Habitat Day activities include

  • AM/PM rush hour Union Station activities on GO Concourse
  • 10:00-11:00 am City Hall Festivities & data release
    • Habitat Toronto Awards presentation by Affordable Housing Office
    • 206th Partner Family Key Dedication ceremony
    • Data release / Q&A
    • Raising of the flag at City of Toronto alongside policy makers and key business leaders
  • Campus Coalition - University & College students kick off Home-A-Thon recruiting for November event
  • Special Event lighting - Two Toronto monuments - City Hall and CN Tower - to be lit in Habitat Blue and Green beginning at dusk

"By raising awareness and advocating for decent housing, on World Habitat Day, and all year long, we hope to continue to increase the number of families we help by making affordable housing a reality for all", says Mr. Hetherington.

About Habitat for Humanity Toronto:
Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization. We welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of four Toronto ReStores. Habitat Toronto ReStores sell quality new and gently used donated building materials. Habitat for Humanity Toronto is proud to be ranked as one of the top 5 medium sized builders by the 2011 Tarion Award of Excellence. Every 10 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their housing situation in more than 100 countries around the world.

United Nations declaration
Officially designated by the United Nations in 1986, World Habitat Day is the first Monday in October.  The day is celebrated across the world, in both developing and developed countries. Marked by different events and efforts, the aim is to raise awareness of the state of local cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter.  The day of recognition also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for future generations.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Toronto

For further information:

To attend the data release session and/or schedule an interview, please contact:
Sophie Turner
Director, Marketing & Communications
Habitat for Humanity Toronto
416-755-7353 Mobile 416-708-6481

Neil Hetherington
CEO, Habitat for Humanity Toronto
416-755-7353 Mobile 416-436-4190

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