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Habitat for Humanity joins forces with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Habitat for Humanity joins forces with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Habitat for Humanity Canada is marking October 3 – World Habitat Day – by announcing that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be in Canada for Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in July 2017 to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

This will be Habitat Canada’s biggest build project ever and will take place in every province and territory across the country with President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, and Winnipeg.

Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on a build site for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Canada)

“It is an honour to host President and Mrs. Carter. We are grateful for their support and the many volunteers whose commitment to Habitat’s mission has helped us empower communities through affordable home ownership,” said Mark Rodgers, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “These are homes that provide families with the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.”

Habitat Canada has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities. One in seven households, including 735,000 children, do not have a decent and affordable place to call home in Canada. Every day, thousands of families are forced to decide between paying rent or putting food on the table. Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership helps to change that.

Rosalynn Carter, Mark Rodgers (CEO & president Habitat for Humanity Canada), Jimmy Carter and Jonathan Reckford (CEO Habitat for Humanity International) at the “Passing of the Hammer” ceremony to announce the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project coming to Canada. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Canada)

People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development. Access to affordable homeownership can help decrease a family’s reliance on food banks and allow them to move out of social housing, which frees up space for those on waiting lists.

Everyone in Canada has the right to a safe, affordable and decent place to live in and yet so many families do not have that. By supporting the Carter Work Project, Canadians can help build a more caring nation through volunteering – where neighbours help neighbours build homes that provide a safe and affordable foundation for a better life.

Since 1984, the Carters have travelled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable homeownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, the Carters have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

Participating affiliates are now working on identifying and procuring build sites as part of the Carter Work Project. To learn how you can become a part of the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit

Information on future build sites will be updated as it becomes available in 2017.

In Canada, Habitat for Humanity has been working since 1985 toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year, and 56 local organizations from coast to coast to coast, Habitat believes in bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Worldwide, more than 6.8 million people have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. For more information, visit


To see a video of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announcing his return to Canada for Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, go to


Toronto-based DUCA Financial Services Credit Union launched the Community Hero Mortgage in September, a first-of-its kind product that aims to help provide affordable housing for working, low-income families in the GTA. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, the Community Hero Mortgage contributes a percentage of the interest portion of every payment to assist in building houses for local families in need of affordable housing.

“We are pleased to introduce the Community Hero Mortgage to new and existing members,” said John Jenner, DUCA’s vice president of marketing. “DUCA has a long history of giving back to the community, and at a time where housing in the GTA is becoming increasingly unaffordable, we wanted to find a way to support families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase a home.”

Through the Community Hero Mortgage, DUCA will donate two basis points from the interest portion of each monthly mortgage payment to Habitat GTA, up to a total commitment of $500,000 over the next five years, to help fund the construction of new homes. Habitat GTA then offers a zero down payment, no-interest mortgage capped at 30 per cent of a family’s income to help low-income families purchase those homes. DUCA employees will also support the initiative by providing volunteer hours to support the Habitat for Humanity home builds.

“The Community Hero Mortgage will make a significant impact on our work of providing a hand up to help working, low-income families become homeowners,” said Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA. “Affordable homeownership empowers Canadians, providing them with a sense of pride, stability and independence. Together with DUCA, we can give GTA homebuyers an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ and help other low-income families in the GTA also realize the benefits of homeownership.”

The Community Hero Mortgage offers a competitive five-year fixed rate, currently set at 2.44 per cent. In addition, those who purchase the mortgage will receive a Credit Union Home Warranty Program free for six months.