13 May Habitat and Electrozad Building Community
Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex has proudly served the region since 1994. Since opening they have built 64 homes and helped 72 families. Electrozad is proud to have been their partner in providing affordable housing since the early days of the organization. Each year Electrozad has been providing electrical components for their builds and in 2018, supported Build #65 through the Windsor Spitfires MVP program. At Electrozad we firmly believe that by collaborating with business and leaders in our community we can change the landscape of poverty in Windsor & Essex County.
Windsor is #1…in Child Poverty: Almost 1 in four children in Windsor live in low-income households according to Statistics Canada. The waiting list for affordable housing has ballooned since 2016. In response, Habitat for Humanity is ramping up their builds.
Expanding their Impact: This year Habitat is building three more traditional Habitat Homes, while also partnering with Matthew House to renovate an 11 unit apartment building and 12 transitional dorm rooms to help provided affordable shelter for refugees. This will bring their total homes built to 67 and total families affordably sheltered to 83.
In order to further broaden their impact in Windsor, Habitat is focusing on building and restoring homes in neighbourhoods that are economically depressed. As each home is rebuilt, the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood is exponential. Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex’ focus on neighbourhood revitalization is community wide. Through their local partnerships, they work with local community groups to provide a safe living environment for families in the entire community.
Build #65 will not only provide affordable housing to a family in need, it will also launch and ongoing neighbourhood revitalization strategy that focuses on partnership to “Build Ford City.” This build is the first of five homes to be built in Ford City on land donated by lifetime Windsor resident, Gerald Chevalier.
Build #65 details:
An Accessible Home for the Warsama’s Daughter
Electrozad most recently provided components for an accessible home for the Warsama Family. The Warsama’s daughter is living with severe disabilities. At Electrozad we are pleased to have partnered with Habitat and the Warsama Family to build a safe, decent, affordable home that they can call their own. Habitat’s model is unlike any other affordable housing option. Partner families help build their own homes and purchase them through a zero interest mortgage geared to their income. This allows families to build equity for their future and helps reverse the cycle of poverty.