There were smiles-a-plenty as local community members rolled up their sleeves recently as part of a 5-week building blitz at 6554 Main St. in Stouffville that will soon be a home for the Sosin Family – Craig, wife Keiko and children Audrey (7) and Blue (4).
Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit group that works with community, faith groups and corporate partners – in this case Stouffville United Church and Geranium Corporation specializes in providing affordable ownership for families like the Sosin’s who wouldn’t qualify for a traditional mortgage.
This is the first such endeavour in the Stouffville area. But while a number of helpers make the dream a reality, the project takes commitment from the host family who will eventually move into the modest bungalow sometime in October.
The Sosin’s become homeowners by paying a no-interest mortgage capped at 30% of their annual income and must put in 500 hours of “sweat equity” into the construction of their home.
Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity in the GTA says “We’re proud to be working in this community to offer a working, low-income family a hand up that will help then gain financial stability and a better life for their children.”
Craig Sosin adds, “We have been living in Richmond Hill for 9 years (in a small apartment) and it’s a dream come true to be getting into home ownership. I am so happy to be moving to this community.”
To lean more about Habitat for Humanity’s work in the community go to www.babitatgta.ca