Ottawa REALTORS® Help Build a Foundation for Affordable Housing

September 27, 2019

On September 12, 2019, the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s (OREB) President Dwight Delahunt, Directors Ken Dekker and Andrew Ouellette, Members Rick Snell and Lynne Faucon, REALTORS Care® Committee Members Sandra-Lee Marques, Tony McDermott, Jennifer Williams, and Board staff Elvis Castillo and Rina Gibbons participated in a Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (GO) build on behalf of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation.

“Helping those who need a hand up is just the right thing to do,” states Dwight Delahunt, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Not only does every OREB Member donate each month to shelter related charities through the REALTORS Care® Foundation, but they also give of their time, energy, and expertise. We are honoured to be a small part of this build and look forward to seeing the families in their new homes.”

REALTORS Care® Committee Chair, Deborah Burgoyne adds, “Habitat for Humanity GO provides our local communities with affordable homes, and we have a deep respect for the great work they do. We believe every Canadian family deserves a safe and fairly-priced home and are pleased to be a part of the solution.”

As part of a commitment to improving the community we live in, the Board’s REALTORS Care® Committee has participated in a Habitat for Humanity GO build day every year using funds donated from the previous year. This is the seventh year in a row that REALTORS® and staff have participated in a build. They spent the day working on foundation levelling and strapping, framing and foam installation.

Leacross Landing is Habitat for Humanity GO’s largest project to date and will eventually consist of 16 townhomes at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and Fortune Dr. in Orleans. Since 1993, Habitat GO has partnered with 76 families in the Greater Ottawa area. Together, they are committed to giving families a hand up, not a handout.