On April 4, our Liberal Government reinforced its commitment to affordable housing — announcing an innovative partnership with local community-based initiatives led by Habitat for Humanity.
The Ontario Government pledged a three-year, $5.8 million investment in Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit builder whose mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable homes to hard-working, low-income families and individuals in need. The government aim is to help meet the growing demand for safe and affordable homes in the province.
The Build Factory, to be located in Burlington, will construct and assemble components for safe, decent and affordable homes year-round — for transportation to as many as 120 Habitat for Humanity construction sites across Ontario.
“As part of last week’s 2018 budget, this is a plan for care and an opportunity for people across the province, “said Eleanor McMahon. “Creating a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live is paramount to breaking the cycle of poverty.
"I have been proud to work on this initiative in partnership with local advocates and community leaders. The Build Factory will bring jobs to Burlington, hope to those who are in need of affordable housing options, contribute to our local economy and increase the supply of housing for low-income families across Ontario."
As well, The Build Factory will provide an opportunity for students to complete their co-ops and internships at the factory and have hands-on, high-quality training.
This three-year investment by our government will increase the supply of affordable housing over the long-term, expand community partnerships, increase engagement and create capacity and scale for the non-profit housing sector. It will also reduce construction waste, deliver opportunity for skills training, and lower building material costs — all while creating faster, safer, and more efficient housing.