Every 35 minutes, there’s a Habitat home dedication for a new partner family somewhere in the world. Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity has made affordable homeownership possible for over 2,866 families in need of affordable housing in Canada, including 228 in 2015. “Primary funding comes from our 95 Canadian ReStores that sell new or gently used home décor and building supplies,” says Ken Miller, Manager, Western Canada Operations. According to Katie Franzios, Senior Communications Manager, Habitat for Humanity Canada also benefits from the support of approximately 70,000 volunteers each year.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Ken and also Dennis Coutts, CEO, Habitat for Humanity
Greater Vancouver – at their new Distribution Centre in Burnaby. This inventory hub ships product to 35 Western ReStores – from Campbell River to Winnipeg. It was inspiring to hear Dennis talk so passionately about how Habitat Greater Vancouver is helping to “break the cycle of poverty”. With a 27-unit townhouse village on Government Street in Burnaby complete, their next build project is set to begin in June – at 8180 Ash Street – in Richmond. Six single family homes, each with a secondary suite, will serve 12 families. The secondary suites will be affordable housing for seniors at risk, with proceeds benefiting the Habitat families. I was also very interested to learn about Habitat Greater Vancouver’s deconstruction services.
We’re often reminded about the growing importance of corporate social responsibility, social impact, corporate citizenship, and sustainability in business today. If your company is interested in donating excess lumber or other building materials to Habitat’s build programs, contact Ken Miller to learn more. Any yard clean-ups can go straight to one of two Distribution Centres supporting 97 ReStores across Canada. “These donations will help us serve more families,” says Ken, who confirms it’s easy, green, and good for the bottom line.