Here's Who Will Be Moving Into a New Affordable Housing Project in Brampton
With a population as large and dense as Brampton's, it's no surprise that some residents struggle to afford housing.
Back in May, Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a brand new site for affordable homes in our city.
On Thursday May 3, 2018, Habitat for Humanity GTA is kicked off a 13-home build project at 59 McLaughlin Road North.
Thirteen families in need will call the new houses their homes.
And now, Habitat for Humanity has revealed who’s moving in.
To one of the homes, at least.
The Bhuttooah family is getting one of the homes at the McLaughlin Road project.
The family currently lives in the basement of a townhouse where they share a single converted bedroom.
“My wife and I have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor, which we need to tuck away in order to make space for our two young children to move around and play,” said Amreet Bhuttooah, the family’s father, in a recent statement from Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Habitat for Humanity GTA (Habitat GTA), in partnership with the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), has announced that both organizations will team up to sponsor this as their 15th Habitat home in 15 years.
“In response to the growing need for affordable housing in the Greater Toronto Area, BILD has raised over one million dollars for Habitat GTA since 2003,” reads the statement.
“BILD hosts annual events to raise funds and engage their members to connect with Habitat GTA’s mission and cause. For their 15-year anniversary, BILD will host five events in 2018, with a goal of raising $80,000. Funds raised in 2018 will go toward building a Habitat home for the Bhuttooah family at Habitat GTA’s 13-home project at McLaughlin Road North in Brampton.”
So, 15 families have gotten homes through this partnership’s fundraising efforts.
As for the Bhuttooah family, they are in great need.
“We’ve had issues of cockroach infestations and the basement is poorly ventilated and at times we smell drainage from upstairs,” said Mr. Bhuttooah.
“We were absolutely thrilled to receive the news this year that we will be moving into a Habitat GTA home at their McLaughlin Road site thanks to BILD’s generous support.”
The McLaughlin site will house one three-story building and three two-story buildings for a total of 13 townhomes set for ownership.
According to Habitat for Humanity, the team behind the project will use high-quality building materials and also plant new trees and native plants to "ensure the property complements the neighbouring area," according to the build website.
"We will be minimizing the noise and light from vehicle movement with an interior private driveway and providing 20 parking spaces for residents and visitors."
Habitat for Humanity started foundation forming and excavating basements for the homes in late March and early April.
According to the build website, the expected completion date for these homes is in August 2019.
Cover photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity