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Regina Habitat for Humanity scores big following emotional speech by Frank O’Dea
October 7th, 2014

The Regina division of Habitat for Humanity was the beneficiary of a very successful fundraiser gala put on by the renowned law firm of Miller Thomson on Sep 18th. The guest speaker was Frank O’Dea, co-founder of the Second Cup who himself was once a homeless person. In an emotional and powerful speech he assured the donors that their money really does make a difference. The organizers reported on the impact of O’Dea’s speech by saying they received record donations this year.

About Habitat:

At Habitat for Humanity Canada, we believe in making affordable housing accessible to low-income families who could not otherwise afford to own a home.

We make this possible for our partner families by:

 - Building homes using volunteer labour and donated materials

 - Selling these homes to partner families with a required commitment of 500 volunteer hours

 - Offering families an affordable and sustainable no-interest, no down-payment mortgage, with monthly payments set at 25 % of gross income (this includes principal repayment and property tax - at the discretion of the affiliate, homeowner insurance may be collected as well, in which case payments would not exceed 30% of gross household income)

Habitat homes help families avoid making impossible choices between rent and other basic necessities by providing them with a mortgage they can afford. An affordable mortgage allows our partner families to ensure their needs are met – including childcare, transportation, groceries, education, school supplies, medical and dental expenses, clothing, furniture, and more.

Partner families' monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund held by the affiliate that built the home. This fund is reinvested into the community, as it is used to build more homes for low-income families in need.  

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