Building homes, building hope

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing affordable housing. We offer a hand up, not a hand out.

  • In celebration of partnership between Habitat for Humanity ReStore and @swiffer we bring you the exciting adventures of #Captainswiffer#ReStore25 #swiffer

  • Help us celebrate our ReStore's 25th year Canada!

    Come in for your home and building supplies before the end of the month and @Swiffer will donate $1 with your purchase. To boot, you'll get a free Swiffer Duster while supplies last!

    Home and Building Supplies at Habitat’s ReStore.

    Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building supplies, home furnishing, appliances and décor. 

  • "Since the 1980's, the erosion of access to affordable housing, combined with the erosion of income support programs and inadequate supports for housing, has created high levels of homelessness and housing insecurity in many Canadian communities" an excerpt from the National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada

    The rate at which Canadians have been forced to pay more and more for shelter has increased at an alarming rate. In 2011 16.4% of couples with children and 36.3% of single parent families paid more than 30% of their monthly wage on shelter. A frightening 6.3% of couples with children and 16.1% of single parent families paid more than 50% of their income on shelter. 

    Since 2011 housing prices have steadily climbed while wages have stagnated, making the issue much worse. And alarmingly, these statistics are for Canada as a whole, and do not reflect the true severity of the situation in urban centres like Vancouver, Toronto or Calgary.

    At Habitat, we ask that our partner families, no matter where they live, pay only 30% of their monthly income on their home. If they encounter economic difficulties, we maintain their payments at 30%. As a result, Habitat families gain stability while being able to build equity for the future. This leads to greater happiness and greater success. So much so that an estimated 4 dollars are returned to society for every dollar we spend on a Habitat home.  

    Our model demonstrates that spending tax dollars on affordable housing initiatives that promote self reliance while providing stability will reduce tax spending as a whole by reducing dependance on government services, ending reliance on subsidized housing and increasing worker productivity which results in greater tax revenue. 

    If you would like to read more about the National Anit-Poverty Plan for Canada, click here.

    If you would like to learn more about how the Habitat model benfits everyone, click here.

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