When is Women Build? Women Build is from September 20-23 & 27-29, 2017
Where is Women Build? The build will take place at our 140 Pinery Trail build site in Scarborough.
What are we building? We will kick-start the first block of Habitat GTA’s largest home building project in its history by building foundations and raising walls for 50 stacked townhouses.
How can I get involved? Participants can register online at womenbuildgta.ca. Each participant commits to raising a minimum of $500 and building with us for one day during Women Build.
WHAT WOMEN BUILD IS ALL ABOUT:
- Women building, investing and advocating for safe, decent and affordable housing in the GTA.
- Spirit, empowerment, solidarity, fun, learning, and pride in working with a family to build a home they can call their own.
- Bringing women together, from all walks of life, to address the housing crisis facing thousands of women and children across the GTA in a concrete way.
- Empowering women to take action against poverty housing conditions. The more people we can engage to become effective volunteers, the better equipped we will be to fight poverty housing.
- Including women and opening new doors of opportunity, but not excluding men. Men are often involved in our training programs and build projects in supportive roles.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Habitat for Humanity GTA calls on women of the city to help combat poverty housing in their community.
- Participants can join as an individual or as a team of friends, family or colleagues. Each participant commits to building for one day and raising a minimum of $500.
- No tools or construction experience needed Habitat for Humanity GTA’s talented volunteer Crew Leaders will lead the group as they build homes and hope.
- Funds raised go directly to building homes in the GTA.
WHY IT MATTERS:
- We believe that decent, affordable housing is not just a woman’s issue. It is a quality of life and basic human dignity issue facing families everywhere.
- Single mothers comprise about 80% of all single-parent families in Canada.1
- Approximately 30% of Habitat for Humanity GTA homeowners are single mothers.
- 1 in 5 households live in overcrowded, substandard or unaffordable housing.
- 70% of those living in substandard housing are renters.
- Over 100,000 households are on the active waiting list for social housing.
- The annual income of a low-income family with two adults and two children is less than $38,600; yet, the annual income needed to afford a one-bedroom apartment is $40,400.
HISTORY OF WOMEN BUILD SUCCESS IN THE GTA:
- Since 2009, Habitat for Humanity GTA Women Build events have rallied together over 5,000 women to raise more than $4 million and help build 85 homes in the GTA.
WOMEN BUILD IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD:
- In 1991, a group of women in Charlotte, North Carolina completed the first women-built Habitat for Humanity home. With this event, the seeds for Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program were planted.
- In 1998, Habitat for Humanity International formed the Women Build program, thus becoming an official Habitat for Humanity International initiative.
- Since 2000, Canadian Women Build events have built or have contributed to building affordable Habitat homes in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta.
- Around the globe, Women Build has welcomed tens of thousands of women including professionals, students, tradeswomen, celebrity actresses, singers, newscasters, master chefs, athletes, first ladies, MPs, mayors, city councillors, and more! From Canada to Kenya, the U.S. to the U.K., women have joined forces to change the lives of families in need of a ‘hand up’.
- Thousands of Habitat homes have been built by women crews in over 30 countries around the world.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GTA KEY FACTS:
- Habitat for Humanity GTA is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to help working, low-income families break the cycle of poverty, through affordable homeownership.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GTA KEY FACTS:
- Habitat GTA operates 10 ReStore retail home improvement stores across the GTA, which sell new and gently-used donated home furnishings and renovation materials at a fraction of the original price. ReStore proceeds go directly toward homebuilding and helping families in need.
- Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s (formerly) 2012 report, Building a Better City: The Social Impact of Habitat for Humanity Homes on the City of Toronto, contains the results of a statistical survey conducted on Habitat Toronto Partner Families, revealing the transformative effect of homeownership on low-income families and our communities.
Here is a snapshot of our findings:
A Habitat home strengthens families and their children:
- 76% of homeowners report an improvement in children’s school grades
- 93% say it is now easy for their children to find space for doing school work
- 88% report an improvement in children’s confidence
- 81% report an improvement in children’s social lives
Homeownership strengthens communities:
- 97% of families feel pride in their new homes
- 72% of families reported an increase in neighbourly ties
- Respondents report a 135% increase in inviting visitors to their home
- 92% of respondents say they will remain in their Habitat for Humanity home for a very long time or can’t imagine ever moving.