The COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear just how important a safe and stable home is for all Canadians, but particularly for children.
With the school closures at the beginning of 2020, a safe and stable home gives children more opportunity to succeed while learning from home. This year, Marley and Izzy each have their very own rooms, where they can do homework and study in peace and quiet.
But that wasn't always the case. Last year, Marley and Izzy would have been crammed together at the kitchen table in their old one-bedroom apartment.
Four years ago, their mother Kiley was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. She spent four months in hospital
being treated and going through intense rehabilitation. In that time, her landlords sold the house her family
had been renting for five years. The new landlords were going to double the rent to keep up with rapid
changes in the housing market.
A counselor Kiley was seeing told her about Habitat for Humanity. After being accepted
as a Habitat family, Kiley and her family volunteered for 500 hours and were able to purchase their home
through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program. Now — and thanks to generous friends like you! — Kiley
and her family are living in their very own home, building connections with their new neighbours and
within their new community, despite the immense challenges brought on to our country by the COVID-19
Watch the excitement of Kiley’s family moving into their