(June 26, 2024) — Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is thrilled to announce the completion of two new homes generously donated by New Horizon Development Group. To commemorate this special milestone, a ceremony was held today to present the keys to the two local families, who are now proud homeowners.

Leadership from Habitat for Humanity Hamilton, Habitat for Humanity Canada, and New Horizon Development Group pose with the new homeowners at the ceremony, along with the Honourable Chad Collins, MP for Hamilton-East Stoney Creek.

This heartening event represents the culmination of a years-long collaborative effort to address the urgent need for affordable housing in Hamilton. The two semi-detached homes, built for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton by New Horizon Development group and their network of construction partners, will provide safe, stable, and affordable housing for these families, transforming their lives and fostering a sense of community and stability. The families toured the finished homes for the first time, and the children celebrated joyously as they finally got to see their own unique bedrooms.

“We are so excited to celebrate the completion of these homes and to hand over the keys to two wonderful families,” said Sean Ferris, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Hamiliton.

Incredible generosity of New Horizon Development Group and their unwavering commitment to improving our community. Their donation shows that there is work being done to address the affordable housing crisis, and it’s a significant step forward in our mission to provide affordable housing for all.”

Jeff Paikin, President and co-founder of New Horizon Development Group, echoed this sentiment, stating, “Partnering with Habitat for Humanity Hamilton on this project has been an immensely rewarding experience. We believe in taking action to address the affordable housing crisis in our community, and these homes symbolize our dedication to that cause. It is our honour to help provide these families with a place they can proudly call home.”

Integral to this build is funding from the Government of Canada. Since 2019, the federal government has made a total funding commitment of $938,000 through the Affordable Housing Fund under the National Housing Strategy towards Habitat Hamilton projects, including these homes.

“The Government of Canada in collaboration with partners like Habitat for Humanity is creating safe and affordable housing options for Canadians,” said Chad Collins, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Donating this city-owned property was one of the last motions I submitted as a city councillor. As the Member of Parliament for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, I am thrilled to see the outcome of our work here in Hamilton, where these two families are celebrating moving into their affordable new homes. I wish them all the happiness and success as they start this new chapter in their lives.”

In March 2023, the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada announced an additional $25 million investment to build 500 new affordable homes across Canada over the next three years. This brings the total federal investment in Habitat for Humanity to $80.8 million through the Government of Canada’s Affordable Housing Fund.

New Horizon Development Group

New Horizon Development Group (NHDG) has been a leader in building communities in the Greater Hamilton area since 1993. With award-winning designs in all varieties of residential construction, including mid-, high- and low-rise multi-family dwellings as well as single family custom homes, NHDG aims to redefine their clients’ expectations for urban and suburban living while keeping affordability and sustainability a priority. www.nhdg.ca

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is an independent charity, building affordable housing and promoting homeownership. Since 1991, Habitat Hamilton has built and renovated dozens of homes for underhoused families. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. With world-class project build execution, we foster and build equity through affordable housing while fully integrating diversity and inclusion into everything we do. We mobilize local volunteers, community members, donors, and corporate partners,

seeking to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. www.habitathamilton.ca