Media Alert - The Home Depot Canada & Habitat for Humanity Canada Launch the "Paper House Challenge" at Yonge and Dundas Square TODAY



    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Did you know? Over one million Canadians have to
choose between food and paying rent; and just over 32,000 people used a
Toronto shelter last year, of which 4,600 were children(*). Today, Tuesday,
August 7, come out and see how Torontonians are helping to solve these
problems by "Buying a House, Building a Home" with The Home Depot Canada and
Habitat for Humanity Canada. Look for the white house with the orange door!

    
    The Home Depot Canada and Habitat For Humanity Canada's Paper House
    Challenge

    WHEN:     Tuesday, August 7, 2007

    WHERE:    Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto ON

    TIME:     7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  - Volunteer Sign-up and Purchase a
              Paper House

    PHOTO OPPORTUNITY @ 12:00 PM: Annette Verschuren, President, The Home
    Depot Canada & Asia and David Hughes, President & CEO, Habitat for
    Humanity Canada speak about the affordable housing crisis in Canada, and
    what Canadians can do to help solve the problem. Current or future
    beneficiaries of Habitat for Humanity Canada homes will also talk about
    how their involvement has changed their lives.

    WHAT: Buy a House, Build a Home! Habitat for Humanity Canada and The Home
    Depot Canada are challenging Torontonians to purchase a Paper House for
    $2, which will help build real homes for Canadians. Help us cover the
    four walls - and even the roof - of our "House of Possibilities", with
    your personalized Paper Houses!

    Learn more about HFHC volunteer opportunities, and sign up for future
    builds. Help open the door to the possibility of affordable housing for
    Canadians!

    INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Verschuren, Hughes and a local Habitat partner
    family are available for on-site and in-studio interviews. Please contact
    below.

    More Information on the Toronto Housing Crisis(xx)
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    -   There are 65 shelters in Toronto with 4,181 beds
    -   25% of the population lives below the poverty line
    -   Over 190,000 children are living in poverty
    -   There are over 460,000 rental units in Toronto
    -   Nearly 200,000 tenants spend more than 30% of their income on rent
    

    The Home Depot Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada: Opening the Door
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    to Possibilities
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    The Home Depot shares Habitat for Humanity's commitment to affordable
housing for Canadians and regularly engages in initiatives to support Habitat
for Humanity's home ownership program. For over 10 years, The Home Depot
Canada has been a lead supporter of Habitat for Humanity in Canada; donations
and gifts-in-kind now exceed $3 million annually.

    About The Home Depot Canada
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    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer currently operating 2,167 stores, including
157 stores across Canada. The Company reported fiscal 2006 sales of
US$90.8 billion and employs approximately 364,000 associates, including more
than 30,000 Canadians.
    Giving back is a core value of The Home Depot Canada. Whether it's
building playgrounds for children, creating affordable housing with Habitat
for Humanity, or working on environment projects, The Home Depot Canada is
deeply committed to investing in its communities. Through the national Team
Depot volunteer program, associates positively impact the communities in which
they live. In 2006, Team Depot contributed over 60,000 volunteer hours to
projects nationwide.

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    (*)Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Housing Observer 2006; and
    http://www.toronto.ca/housing/; Toronto Community Foundation - Vital
    Signs Report
    (xx)From: http://www.toronto.ca/housing/; Toronto Community Foundation -
    Vital Signs Report





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