Walker Family Commits $200,000 to Affordable Homes for Families in Ontario

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February 12, 2015

ST. CATHARINES – With Ontario celebrating Family Day on Monday, it is with great excitement that the Habitat for Humanity affiliates of Niagara, South Georgian Bay, Halton and Windsor-Essex announce a remarkable $200,000 gift from the Walker family and Walker Industries to help provide families in four regions of the province with safe, decent and affordable homes.Habitat for humanity feature image

“Walker Industries and its employees have been great supporters of Habitat’s work in Niagara for many years,” says Alastair Davis, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Niagara. “Their employees regularly donate their volunteer labour and the company provides much-needed, gift-in-kind support through the donations of aggregate materials to help build new homes for Habitat partner families. We are extremely grateful for their support in Niagara, and thrilled with their commitment to help three more Habitat affiliates in Ontario.”

The Walker family and Walker Industries will donate $50,000 each to Habitat Niagara and Habitat South Georgian Bay in 2015, and $50,000 to both Habitat Halton and Habitat Windsor-Essex in 2016, for a total gift of $200,000. These funds will help more hardworking, low-income families purchase an affordable, safe and decent home.

“The Walker family, the company and its employees are committed to making a difference in the communities where we do business,” says Sheila (Walker) Bonapace, one of the Walker Industries’ shareholders. “We continually look to find ways to improve the social and environmental conditions in these communities, and are so pleased to support Habitat for Humanity in helping families in need to purchase their own homes.”

Habitat homes are built with contributions of building materials, goods and volunteer labour from businesses, along with financial donations from individuals, groups and corporations. The Habitat for Humanity model ensures that low-income families own their homes and no longer rely on social housing subsidies. By owning their homes, Habitat for Humanity families contribute annually to the economic base through property taxes – transforming a substantial tax burden into a positive community impact. A Habitat Home is a “hand up” in that no down payment is required, mortgages are interest-free, and payments are geared to income.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world.

Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent, and affordable houses and provides no-down-payment, interest-free mortgages to qualifying families. Partner families contribute 500 hours of sweat equity toward the purchase and buy their homes at fair market value. As partner families pay off their mortgages, these payments are reinvested into a fund that helps build more Habitat homes in the community.

Habitat affiliates also operate a retail outlet – the ReStore – selling donated new and used building materials, hardware, appliances, and home supplies. Revenue from the ReStore supports our overhead costs ensuring that every donated dollar goes directly to building new homes for families.

About Walker Industries

Walker Industries is a fifth generation family business with its roots in Niagara, and facilities across Canada and the U.S. The company comprises a diversified group of companies, including aggregates and road building, emulsions and waste management. The company’s head office is in Niagara – as are several of its operating facilities. It has aggregate operations in Essex and Simcoe Counties, and a waste transfer station and emulsions manufacturing plant in Halton.

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