Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7H2 (519) 339-7957
In April of 2016, Habitat Sarnia/Lambton will commence construction on a property at 1140 Guthrie Drive East in Sarnia and, by so doing, begin a first-in-Canada build project. Responding to a critical call from the County of Lambton for appropriate, affordable housing for seniors, the fruition of this project will see a 5-unit multiplex constructed that will provide safe, sound, decent housing for five senior families in Sarnia and Lambton County. This will be the first time a Habitat affiliate in Canada has purpose-built for seniors.
These five, private, 975-square-foot, seniors-only units each feature two bedrooms, an open concept kitchen/dining/living room and main floor laundry. Its energy efficient construction will include ICF foundation, tank-less water heaters, high R-rating insulation throughout and forced air natural gas heating/air conditioning. It will be built entrance-on-grade with accessible door/hallways and senior friendly design features including larger washrooms with low-rise tubs and lower-able kitchen counters that will appropriately support seniors as they age.
Installation of services for this project was undertaken in the summer of 2017. Construction of the home is anticipated to complete in December of 2018. A hybrid mortgage model will allow seniors to build modest equity to support end-of-life health care of the settlement of their Estate whilst allowing Habitat to affordably buy-back and maintain the Guthrie homes as affordable seniors housing in perpetuity.
Building strong and stable homes builds strong and stable communities. Habitat Sarnia/Lambton has, once again, partnered with the County of Lambton for the Lambton Builds project. Breaking ground in June, this build in central Sarnia will see volunteers in receipt of Ontario Works social assistance working alongside Habitat staff and the future homeowners, to build a home for a family in need of decent and affordable housing.
At the Habitat for Humanity Canada National Conference in Kelowna, BC, Habitat Sarnia/Lambton was recognized as a leader in Housing Innovation for their partnership with the County of Lambton. The County of Lambton was also recognized by the OMSSA for their partnership with Habitat Sarnia/Lambton.