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At Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington, we envision a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To achieve this vision, we partner with our community to build homes that provide the foundation for bright, stable and empowered futures for the families and individuals who live there.
Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington partners with families through affordable housing so that they may attain social and financial stability to transform their futures and our community.
Our Mission in Action
We do this by the following activities:
Where We Build
We build homes across our catchment area of Guelph and Wellington County. Since 2000, we’ve built 53 homes. In 2020 we completed our landmark 28-unit development on Cityview Drive in Guelph. As we begin our next project, our affiliate is excited to announce the groundbreaking at 465 Garafraxa Street West in Fergus. Garafraxa Village is made up of 32 stacked two-story townhome units within a short walk from the Fergus downtown core. This new build will provide 22 units for Habitat Families and 10 market units. If you would like to express interest in the units available or find out about future projects, please use the link provided below.
Habitat Homeownership Program
Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington bridges the gap for families who live in inadequate, unsafe, and/or unaffordable housing and want to become a homeowner.
Overview of habitat homeownership:
To begin the process, please review our program, eligibility criteria, and complete the Eligibility Questionnaire if you believe this is a good fit for your family. All information can be found here on our housing partnership webpage.
Ways to Support
Wondering how to support your local Habitat for Humanity? Every donation, volunteer hour, and every purchase at the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington build homes and build community.
Our Operating Principles
A hand up – not a hand out.
Habitat for Humanity tailors occupancy costs to family income. In some cases we do this though interest free mortgages; for some families we use a deferred ownership model that allocates a portion of rent as an equity contribution to a future home purchase. We require all partner families and individuals to contribute up to 500 hours of time by volunteering in construction, the ReStore, office work and/or fundraising. Working together with staff and volunteers, we encourage the development of life and employment skills.
Since the 2007 building season, we have committed to building all homes to the EnergyStar standard for energy efficiency and will continue to meet or exceed these standards as our building practices develop. We have also committed to the City of Guelph’s Blue Built Home Program. These programs save water, energy, and reduce utility bills making our Habitat homes more affordable, sustainable, and livable for our partner families while helping the environment.
For every house we build in our communities, we support Habitat for Humanity’s international build efforts through tithing.
Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability
Here you can find information contained in the public portion of the charity’s most recent Charity Information Return(form T3010) as submitted to CRA.