New affordable housing to benefit 50 Oshawa families

Habitat for Humanity GTA has begun construction on a new townhouse project that will bring 50 affordable housing units to the community, said an Oshawa statement.

Construction started this summer on the 50-home Habitat community located at 485 Normandy Street (near Dean Avenue). Families are currently being matched for phase one of the three-bedroom stacked townhouse units expected to be completed in 2022.

The townhouses are being built on former city-owned land that was sold to Habitat for Humanity Durham (which has since merged with Habitat for Humanity GTA) for the construction of new affordable housing.

“We are excited to see the launch of a new Habitat community in Oshawa that will provide 50 families with affordable home ownership,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Collaborations with caring community partners like Habitat for Humanity GTA are helping us find new and innovative ways to help families.”

“The global pandemic has shed an intense spotlight on the need for housing in communities across Canada,” said Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “As a result, the City has put a parcel of surplus land to a higher use to give more families the opportunity to find a safe home to live.”

“This 50 unit project on Normandy St. is very welcome and an inspiring project and Habitat for Humanity’s biggest affordable housing project in Durham Region to date!” said Councillor Rosemary McConkey, Vice-Chair of the Development Services Committee. “Since the amalgamation of Habitat Durham and Habitat GTA at the beginning of 2020 a lot has been happening. The 28 unit freehold units on Centre St. S. are complete and now the 50 new stacked condo townhouse units being built on Normandy St. and Dean Ave will include 10 fully accessible ground floor units. Habitat’s unique equity sharing model to help give disadvantaged families desiring home ownership a hand up is certainly something to celebrate.”

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