The Rochon family will become homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity Montreal's building program

    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Habitat for Humanity Montreal (HfHM)
launched today the building of a new duplex in the east end of Montreal. A
family with a strong commitment to the Hochelaga Maisonneuve community will
become proud homeowners of one of the units.
    The Rochon family includes three children: twelve-year old twins and
their seventeen-year old sister. The family was selected based on its need for
decent housing, its capacity to pay an interest-free mortgage adjusted to its
income, and its willingness to work with Habitat for Humanity. The Rochon
family must in fact contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" to the construction
of its own home.
    "When I learned that our family was selected," comments Pierre Rochon,
"my jaw dropped. I didn't know how to react. Later, when we told the children,
I felt on pins and needles, I kept pacing around. I haven't felt like this
since my wedding day!"
    Habitat for Humanity Montreal president Stephen Rotman went on to thank
all those who have contributed to the project: "We would like to thank our
founding sponsors, Genworth Financial Canada, The Home Depot Canada and MCAP,
who believed in this project and donated $360,000 over three years to help
make it come true," he declared. "We also wish to emphasize the contribution
of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), who are sponsoring
the Rochon Home to mark their 75th anniversary. Without the continued support
and leadership of these donors, we would not be able to provide a hand up to
Montreal families in need."

    About Habitat for Humanity Montreal

    Habitat for Humanity Montreal ( was founded in
1998 and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The organization was
founded in 1985, consists of 30,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations
from coast to coast, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity International
which spans 100 countries, has built over 225,000 homes, and is now building a
new home every 21 minutes.

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For further information: Welker Claude, Agence JR - Société québécoise
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