Belleville family grateful for new home ownership through Habitat for Humanity PEH

Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings has completed renovation of a three-bedroom home on Sidney Street generously donated by the City of Belleville.

The renovation was only possible through the partnership with Harmony Homes.

After five long months of dedication and hard work from volunteers and staff at Habitat for Humanity PEH, the house is ready for new family members to move in.

Hassem Koudsi, CEO of Habitat for Humanity PEH, gathered with Mayor Neil Ellis and Coun. Kathryn Brown, Habitat chair, to hand over the keys to the family.

The organization’s mission is to provide low-income and modest families with safe, decent, and affordable housing to those that would never expect to be homeowners.

New owners Steve McFaul and his two boys, 14 and 17, are ecstatic to move in.

McFaul was presented with the key to his new home at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the residence.

McFaul says his family is very excited, and it is an excellent feeling to have the opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives.

“I didn’t even own a blade of grass,” said McFaul.

Coming from a small two-bedroom apartment with only a balcony and no barbecuing allowed, McFaul looks forward to owning his property and cutting his lawn.

Habitat homeownership provides families with more than just equity – it instills in them a renewed sense of pride and responsibility.

While the impact is immediate, the effects are lasting. Research has shown that Habitat homeowners are happier, healthier and more financially stable, which can allow them to return to school, learn a new trade or upgrade their job skills.

Meanwhile, their children are more confident and excel in school.

“Being able to provide home ownership opportunities to hard working families is what we’re all about. Helping them get to that level of strength, independence, self-reliance, it’s really important,” said Koudsi.

“It was a pleasure meeting the new homeowners and watch them embrace their new home! We wish and pray blessings on their future ahead,” said Tom Streek of Harmony Homes.

Brown said: “With the help of local partnerships, fundraising and volunteerism, Habitat for Humanity helps families break into this heated housing market, families who typically never expect to become homeowners. We help build equity, both financially and through investment in a family’s well-being.”