Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce is one of 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world sharing a common vision and social purpose.
A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
What We Do
Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Our Core Values
Housing for All – Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.
Human Dignity – We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those who help us in this effort. People are our greatest resource.
Partnership – We can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.
Faith in Action – Building on our Christian foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion. Faith is lived through action.
Diversity and Inclusiveness – There is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity.
How Habitat works
Through our unique affordable homeownership program, we offer families a hand-up, empowering them to build strength, stability and independence.
- Families purchase an affordable home from Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce with no down payment required
- Since families wouldn’t qualify for a conventional mortgage, we provide a Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce mortgage that removes the barriers to homeownership
- We offer a fixed, 20-year mortgage with no downpayment, zero interest, so that families can maximize the equity they build while raising their children
- Mortgage payments are calculated annually, so that families never pay more than 25% of household income on homeownership costs.
- As part of their partnership with Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce, families contribute “sweat equity” of 500 volunteer hours helping build their home, other Habitat homes, or helping in our ReStores.
- Every family attends educational workshops to prepare themselves for first-time homeownership
- As soon as a family starts to pay off their mortgage, Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce puts those dollars to work helping build the next home for the next family. As families pay off their mortgages, donor dollars are reinvested and used by Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce to build more homes for working, lower income families in our community
- We keep our build costs low through volunteer labour and, as much as possible, donated or reduced-cost building materials and services
One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of our 3 ReStores so that every dollar donated goes directly to home building. Habitat ReStores sell new and gently-used donated building, furniture, appliances and household products.
Fund For Humanity
The Habitat Grey Bruce homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a fund that is used to build more homes. The more homes that exist, the more cash flow there is available for further building. Our Revolving Fund for Humanity fuels the exponential growth in the number of Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce houses that are built over time.
In 1987 a group of citizens, concerned about the lack of affordable housing in our community and who had heard about the work of Habitat for Humanity International, decided to start a Habitat affiliate in Owen Sound. The affiliate, composed entirely of dedicated volunteers, built the first house in Owen Sound in 1988. Today, 31 years and 44 homes later, we are as passionate and committed to our mission as ever.
Over the Years
6 homes (3 semi-detached) are built on one site in Owen Sound using insulated concrete forms for the first time. In recognition of the energy efficiency of these houses we are the second place award winner of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Sustainable Homes program.
Our Second ReStore opens in Hanover.
We dedicated the first Habitat house built on a First Nation Territory in Ontario at Neyaashiinigmiing, in partnership with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
9 months later, 4 more houses are built and dedicated at KiaKiaknong Cres., at Neyaashiinigmiing.