Habitat For Humanity refurbishing Belleville home for local family

Two weeks after breaking ground on their first new build in two years, work has started at a neighboring home.

On September 6th, Habitat For Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings started construction on a duplex at 639 Sidney Street.

Now, the not-for-profit organization is refurbishing a home at 633 Sidney, which corners on Tracey Street.

More information is provided below from a release issued by Habitat For Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings on Monday:

Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings recently broke ground on their first build project in almost two years and now is refurbishing a home at 633 Sidney Street, which will become home to a local family in the near future.

The City of Belleville recently provided the home to Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings to combat the home ownership crisis. Hazzem Koudsi, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings commented, “as a charitable organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of those in the community we serve. Mayor Panciuk and city councilors have been very generous with Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings, and we plan on delivering affordable home ownership opportunities to make their generosity meaningful”. The home at 633 Sidney Street came available once construction along the Sidney Street corridor was completed and it was felt that the house, which corners on Tracy Street, could be salvaged.

Harmony Homes Quinte stepped up and offered to assist in refurbishing the building so it could become home to a local family soon. Tom Streek, President of Harmony Homes Quinte commented, “We are grateful and honoured to partner with such a great organization and to provide a local family with a safe and comfortable living space. Like Habitat for Humanity, we’re committed to improving our community and investing in people. We look forward to completing this project with our team and contributing volunteers”

Construction is expected to last approximately 4 months. Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward- Hastings is currently working on the application process. Mr. Koudsi added “We aren’t ready to launch our application process just yet, but we expect to in the next few weeks. We will be sure to advise the media, as well as posting to our website and social media when we are ready to commence the family selection process”.

Mr. Koudsi concluded “This investment in our community will help to provide relief to families who are currently living in unsuitable and/or overpriced conditions and losing hope on the chance to become a homeowner. This project will not only improve the standard of living for the families Habitat supports, but also the entire community and we thank Tom Streek and Harmony Homes for being an important community partner.”