More Affordable Housing Coming To Brampton Soon

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More affordable homes are coming to Brampton!

Habitat for Humanity is back in Brampton and is building a new property at 25 William Street. The new development consists of a residential townhouse and open space.

In addition to the new block of 12 stacked townhouse dwellings, the organization proposes to create new indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, walkways and a parking garage.

The stacked townhouse block will be approximately 4-storeys (11 metres) in height, comprised of 12 residential condominium units.

"There will be six units occupying the first and second floor horizontally, with partial below-grade basements, and six units occupying the third and fourth floors. All six ground floor units have access through their private garages at the rear, while the upper units have access from William Street," explains Habitat for Humanity GTA.

All units will also have three bedrooms. The lower levels are designed to have two bedrooms and a washroom on the basement level, with a third bedroom, a living room/dining room, kitchen and balconies on the first floor. Five of the six units have a second bathroom on the first floor. The upper units have family/communal living space, kitchens and terraces on the second floor with bathrooms and bedrooms on the third floor.

William Street will be extended to allow for the development since the property does not have frontage to a public road.

With various services and recreational opportunities for the neighbourhood and future residents of the proposed development, the development is located in a great area. There are also several retail/commercial and personal service establishments including a retirement residence, childcare facility, a grocery store and a chapel. The Brampton GO Station is also a short walk away.

This is Habitat for Humanity's second project in Brampton. Back in May 2018, Habitat for Humanity GTA kicked off a 13-home project at 59 McLaughlin Road North. The McLaughlin site features a three-story building and three two-story buildings for a total of 13 townhomes.

For those of you who are unaware, Habitat for Humanity does not just hand over new housing to needy families. There is a very established process that ensures that Habitat for Humanity clients can sustain homeownership.

Families are selected based on homeownership criteria, such as the applicant must have been living in unsafe, unhealthy, or overcrowded housing conditions, and spending a high amount of their gross income on rent.

A family must also be willing to volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity as a down payment on their home, attend a series of workshops and information sessions on homeownership with Habitat for Humanity GTA and take part in initiatives that help forward that mission.

Finally, they must also be able to pay a mortgage, must have a reliable source of income, show a stable income history with limited debt, and demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage back to Habitat for Humanity over 20 years (mortgage payments never exceed 30 per cent of household income).

What do you think about this new housing development coming to Brampton?

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