Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce is the oldest existing Habitat affiliate in Canada. It was started in 1987 and has been building houses in Grey and Bruce Counties since then. Originally, they built a house every 2 or 3 years but are now building multiple houses every year. In 2021 they are building 4 houses for the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing, just north of Wiarton and 4 houses for the Saugeen First Nation 29 near Southampton.
Habitat builds houses using as much donated material as possible and many volunteers to build a house. Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing and Drywall are done by professionals while everything else is done by employees and volunteers. Once the house is built the families purchase these affordable homes from Habitat for Humanity with no down-payment and zero interest mortgage which is not more than 25% of the family income to make it easy for the families to homeownership. Homeownership is one of the most important ways for a family or an individual to build a strong and stable future.
In 2017, Habitat Grey Bruce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation to build one house. Following the success of that house, Habitat Grey Bruce and the Chippewas of Nawash became the first partners in Canada to build houses using CMHC funding. This pilot project has lead to many houses being built on First Nation land.
PTAG’s Senior management staff rolled up their sleeves to help with the construction site work with Habitat for Humanity in the Saugeen First Nation 29 near Southampton. PTAG strongly believes in giving back to the community where we live, and work in. We are proud that our team shares the same values and are committed to help the community. For years PTAG is helping business owners, contractors and project teams manage their capital projects successfully. We have a close association with the construction industry; however, this experience was different as our trade skills were put to test. It has been a very fulfilling experience as it was not just about making a house but something bigger i.e., being part of building a house that would provide safety and stable future to the families.
Our team worked on the houses in Saugeen First Nation 29 near Southampton helping with the final push to finish the siding on two homes.
PTAG is grateful for the opportunity, and commends Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce for their leadership in the community. We look forward to helping again soon.