With the help of local Habitat families, donors, community partners and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families. Since 1993, Habitat has served 81 families, including more than 175 children, to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing.

Over the last few years, Habitat Greater Ottawa has evolved from a builder of single-family homes to a developer of communities. Its current project at Leacross Landing in Orléans will be home to sixteen new families in 2020. Recently, Habitat Greater Ottawa hosted a Virtual Key Ceremony via social media for five of the newest Habitat families at Leacross Landing. We will welcome the final four families later on this year.

Recently, Habitat Greater Ottawa broke ground on its newest affordable housing build, Titus Landing at Wateridge Village. Located off Montreal Road and Bathgate Drive, it will consist of an eight-unit stacked townhome development with two accessible barrier-free units for families with accessibility needs.

The build comes at a welcome time as access to safe, secure and affordable housing is critical to sheltering in place following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Current Habitat homeowner, Rebecca Panter, has expressed how her home has become a safe haven for her and her son during the pandemic.

“In all of the current chaos shaking the world, Jack and I get to stay at home and feel safe,” she says. “We are in our home, able to self-isolate, safe and secure. We’re actually able to enjoy this time together, rather than worry.”

Habitat Greater Ottawa ReStore

The ReStore is a local home and building supply store offering a wide range of new and gently-used furniture, home appliances, building materials and more, all at great prices and no HST. When you shop at or donate to the ReStore, you help give items a second life while reducing waste in local landfills. Funding from the sale of items goes back into Habitat Greater Ottawa’s programming.

Like many retail businesses in the city, the ReStore closed temporarily due to COVID-19. During that time, the ReStore team launched ReStore online (restoregoshop.ca) providing a one-stop shop of the ReStore’s selection of furniture, décor, and building materials, all at the same great prices. The move to the online store was a success and allowed the ReStore to continue operating at reduced capacity during the pandemic.

“It was really great to see the response from the Ottawa community when we launched the online ReStore, says Allan Avis, Director of ReStores. “The revenue we were able to generate while our physical stores were closed helped Habitat continue building throughout the spring and summer so five local families could move into their new forever-home.”

The two ReStore locations at Trainyards and Stittsville are now back up and running and open to the public with essential health and safety measures in place. They’re open seven days a week Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Both locations have also partially reopened donation drop-offs of items from the public during store hours, just in case you’ve let items pile up over the last few months.

For more information on donation drop-offs visit habitatgo.ca/restore.