10:30 p.m., Nov. 15)
Habitat for Humanity announces fourth Orléans build
By Fred Sherwin
Habitat for Humanity building boom in Orléans is
showing no signs of slowing down.
nine families living in two previous builds in Avalon
and Chatelaine Village, and four families poised to move
into their new homes on Cousineau Street before Christmas,
Habitat for Humanity is planning their most ambitious
organization recently purchased a vacant parcel of land
at the southeast corner of Jeanne dArc Blvd. and
Fortune Drive across from the Convent Glen Catholic School.
Their goal is to build 16 townhomes in three units over
the next three years starting with four townhomes in 2016.
homes will be occupied by families interested in getting
a new lease on life by becoming first-time homeowners
through affordable, interest free mortgages. The families
must also log 500 hours of sweat equity in
building their homes.
four families waiting to move into the Habitat homes on
Cousineau Street come from a variety of different backgrounds.
Ashigo and Woinshet Tumebo immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia
in 2011. They currently live in an Ottawa Community Housing
complex in the west end with their two daughters Yohanna,
3, and Elda, 2.
Boakye is a single mother. She immigrated to Canada from
her native Ghana in 2011 with her two boys Showtell, 13,
and Shomari, 9. She
applied twice for a Habitat home before she was finally
approved on the third try.
desperately wants to raise her sons away from the drugs
and gangs that are pervasive in their west end apartment
story is much the same for Youssouf Sougueh and his wife
Amina Mohamed who are from Djibouti. The couple will occupy
one of the new homes with their three young children Issir,
8, Souber, 6, Aicha, 4.
another child on the way, the couple was eager to move
out of their two-bedroom west end apartment.
Peter Slota and Samantha Bildwin were also approved for
one of Cousineau Street homes where they plan to raise
their daughters Hailey, 7, and Isabella, 3.
four families are looking forward to spending their first
holiday season in their new homes. They also plan to pay
forward their good fortune by taking part in the build
on Fortune Drive.
from Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa will be meeting
with members of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community
Association on Nov. 19 to discuss the Fortune Drive project.
The meeting will take place at 255 Centrum Blvd. at 7:30
p.m. and is intended as an information session only rather
than a public consultation.
first foray into Orléans occurred in 2008 and resulted
in the construction of two homes on Tulip Crescent in
Chatelaine Villlage. Three more homes were built on Nantes
Drive in Avalon in 2013, followed by four additional homes
on the same site in 2014.
its completed, the Fortune Drive build will bring
the total number of Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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