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It is the first time the charitable organization is building a home on a First Nations reserve in Ontario.

WINDSOR ON, Aug. 19) – Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Inc. (HFHWE), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Can-Am Urban Native Non-Profit Homes (Can-Am) joined together to break ground on a new home for a First Nations family today.

Today’s groundbreaking marks an important milestone for Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex. They are also celebrating 50 builds in the City of Windsor. Since 1994, HFH Windsor-Essex has been coordinating volunteers and collecting building materials and funding to help families secure a home.

This build is the first Ontario partnership between an urban First Nation organization and Habitat to build a home specifically for a First Nations family under Habitat’s Aboriginal Housing Program that aims to help more Aboriginal families access homeownership. The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is a gold sponsor for Habitat for Humanity Canada and the lead national sponsor for Habitat for Humanity Aboriginal Housing Program.

“I would like to congratulate Habitat Windsor-Essex on this important milestone event,” said Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for CMHC. “Affordable housing is an important part of our government’s commitment to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities. We are dedicated to working in partnership with organizations like Habitat to address housing needs in Ontario and across the country.”

“As a Habitat supporter and build participant in previous years, we’re delighted to have assisted with the recruitment of a local First Nations family. The family is so grateful for this opportunity to reach their dream of home ownership,” says Gail Growe, President of Can-Am.

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