Habitat for Humanity tiny home project

The pandemic has reinforced the urgency of addressing the deep inequalities across our society, bringing the affordable housing crisis in Canada to the forefront. As part of the vision to provide a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin (Habitat HMD) recently announced the launch of its unique Tiny Home pilot program.

The key to Habitat’s success is partnerships and collaboration. Eden Grodzinski, CEO, Habitat HMD, explains: “Habitat’s partners power our work. The Tiny Home pilot would not be possible without the generous support of our project sponsors. Thanks to their investment, we can fund crucial elements to build these Tiny Homes, allowing us to expand our impact within First Nations communities.”

One such partner is Häfele, who recently donated Wall Beds and mattresses, SmartCab base cabinet pull-outs, decorative hardware, crown mouldings, and various installation tools and accessories to support the building of the tiny homes.

“At a time when living space continues to increase in value and its availability diminishes around the world, hardware technology is becoming an increasingly important component for functional furniture, furnishings, rooms, and buildings because it’s the hardware that gives the objects perfect functionality.” This is Häfele Canada’s perspective. “We focus on solving problems – in many instances problems you didn’t even know you had – and bringing our creativity and ingenuity to a very specialized group of businesses and customers.”

Hugh Hyndman, Board Chair, Habitat HMD, explains: “As an organization that builds homes, Habitat is known for putting a spotlight on community needs and community-based solutions. The Tiny Home demonstration project is a unique opportunity to pilot an innovative housing solution with a First Nations Community.”

The Nawash Unceded First Nation Chippewas occupy Neyaashiinigmiing Aboriginal Reserve No.27 on Georgian Bay’s east shore of the Saugeen (BRUCE) Peninsula. The nation is Named “Nawash” after Chief Nawash, who fought beside Tecumseh in 1812. The current land base is 63.81 km2. The community is approximately 250 km from Toronto.

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