WHO WE ARE
Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce (HFHGB) is a community-based, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
The organization was founded in 1987, is a member of , and part of a worldwide network that spans 100 countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 10 minutes.
We believe that access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right. There is a role with Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values.
What we do
HFHGB partners with families, businesses, organizations and individuals to build simple, affordable and energy efficient homes. These homes are sold at no profit, to selected families through long term, no-interest mortgages. Families must prove a need for housing, an ability to cover mortgage payments and a willingness to contribute hundreds of hours of their own labour, known as “sweat equity”, to the building of their own house or the houses of others.
By working with volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce has placed 24 families (40 adults and 64 children) in homes throughout Grey and Bruce since the Affiliate was founded in 1987.
How we keep homes affordable
Habitat builds simple, decent homes with partner families. Volunteers and families donate their labour to build houses under trained supervision. Businesses, individuals, faith groups, and others donate money, materials and other in-kind support. Habitat houses are sold at cost to partner families. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
All of our operating and fund development costs are covered by the proceeds from our retail operation, The ReStores, which sells new and gently-used renovation and household materials donated by the general public.
Our ReStores, with locations in Owen Sound and Hanover, have been significant, consistent contributors supporting our vision over their 10 year history. The HFHGB ReStores and Build staff and volunteers combined their “green” philosophy to become a recipient of the prestigious Rio Tinto Alcan Sustainable Homes award in 2009. We are equally proud that our ReStores have recently been officially designated as an Ontario Electronic Recycler for the Grey Bruce counties.
All profits from ReStore sales go towards administrative/staff expenses, current and future builds and we thank contributors of merchandise – such as kitchen cabinets, furniture, electronics and construction products – for their continuous support. Bargain-hunters will gleam at the wide array of products available. Please call (519) 371 6714 (Owen Sound)/ (519) 364 5100 (Hanover) or visit http://www.restoresgreybruce.com/ to make your donation and/or to view product updates.
Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce
458344 Grey Road 11, RR8
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5W4
Phone: (519) 371-6776 or toll-free: 1-866-771-6776