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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Habitat For Humanity Seeks Land in Hanover for Build

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Organization seeks land to be donated, sold or acquired at a reduced price.

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce is looking for land for a Habitat build project in Hanover.

Habitat For Humanity Grey Bruce Executive Director Greg Fryer has asked Council to look and see if there is any available land for such a project, the land could be donated, sold, or given at a reduced price if the Town so wishes.

In 2004 Habitat built its first Hanover Home.

In the 2013/14 year Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce returned to Hanover and completed its biggest project to date a 4 condo style semi-detached build project on one site housing eight families.

Fryer says the need for affordable housing is great, especially in Hanover and that is why they would like to do take on another Hanover Habitat project.

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce Chair Deb Haswell says it is all about helping families escape the social housing merry-go-round and providing children with safe affordable housing.

Mayor Sue Paterson says Hanover will keep an eye out and if the Town comes across available land for such a project they will notify Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce.

Along with land, Fryer notes Habitat is also in need of more volunteers.

This past year 450 volunteers came forth to help with the current Habitat projects and he would like to increase that number in 2020.

To date Grey Bruce Habitat for Humanity has constructed 44 homes, but this number will jump to 50 by the end of this year.

As Habitat is in the finishing stages of six houses in Cape Crocker (Neyaasshiiningming) in a Chippewas of Nawash partnership with plans to build four more houses there next year.

Habitat also hopes to construct a few houses in Owen Sound next year as well.

Haswell notes however this project may be dependent on fees and development charges and whether or not Habitat receives some relief in this area.

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