CMHC, Region of Waterloo and Habitat Waterloo Region building rooms for children at Cherry Street Blitz

    KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Three children in Kitchener will now have
a room of their own, thanks to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
and the Region of Waterloo, and Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. A
bedroom for Esubalew Reta and one for his sisters Hiwet and Wagaye will soon
be built in their new home. The Reta home is one of six townhouses being built
at 170 Cherry St., Kitchener.
    Volunteers from the Region of Waterloo and CMHC will be donning hard hats
and tool belts to work alongside other volunteers at the 170 Cherry St. Blitz
Build starting September 10.
    The rooms are being built as part of a new sponsorship category called "A
Room of Their Own," launched by Habitat for Humanity, together with CMHC and
the Region of Waterloo.
    Meared Reta came to Canada ten years ago because of the political
situation and loss of liberties in his home country Ethiopia, where he was a
lawyer. His wife, Metasbia Mhrete, and his children joined him four years
later. Ethiopia's law is based on the French system; Meared is blind and could
not undertake the many years of schooling to adapt to the British system of
law, so he does not work in law here in Canada. His wife works at Next Cycle
Inc. and his daughters are continuing in school, working towards careers in
nursing and early childcare. Esubalew is a student and an avid basketball
player. Meared does not see his blindness as a handicap and insists he can
work on the build site. The family is grateful and excited to know they will
build their home this year with the help of house sponsor Manulife Financial
and children's room sponsors CMHC and the Region of Waterloo.
    "Regional Council has supported Habitat for Humanity through its housing
programs for many years," said Ken Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair. "This
build gives Regional employees the chance to participate in a hands-on way in
a Habitat project."
    "These new rooms for Esubalew, Hiwet and Wagaye are a clear and tangible
benefit of cooperation among CMHC, the Region of Waterloo and Habitat Waterloo
Region," said Peter Friedmann, General Manager, Ontario Region, CMHC. "We are
proud to work with our partners in support of CMHC's commitment to helping
communities meet their housing needs."
    In addition to providing volunteers, CMHC employees and clients raised
funds through corporate golf tournaments to support the build, and the Region
of Waterloo is waiving development fees for the homes.
    "For everyone at Habitat Waterloo Region, nothing is more fulfilling than
seeing the impact on families having safe, decent, and affordable homes, but
no more so than for the children of our partner families," said Ken Freeman,
Executive Director of Habitat Waterloo Region. "We are delighted to continue
our longstanding association with the forward-thinking leadership of the
Region of Waterloo and are immensely pleased that CMHC and the Region of
Waterloo have accepted our offer to become the first "A Room of Their Own"

    Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region is a team of enthusiastic volunteers
and staff, guided by Christian Values, who are committed to assisting families
in need with the life-changing opportunity of buying decent, affordable

    Located just one hour west of Toronto, Waterloo Region has a population
of approximately 507,000 and is one of Canada's fastest growing communities.
Like many municipalities across Canada, the need for more affordable housing
in Waterloo Region is a priority issue. As a show of leadership, the Region of
Waterloo continues to be at the forefront among municipal governments taking
action to help create more affordable housing.

    As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians
access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable 
homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and
cities across the country. For more information, visit or call

For further information:

For further information: Beth Bailey, CMHC, (416) 218-3355; Keith Lucas,
Region of Waterloo, (519) 575-4521; Ken Freeman, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo
Region, (519) 747-0664 X 22

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