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(Music fades in.)

(Visual: A row of homes that are under construction are shown, while two people in Habitat for Humanity t-shirts walk through the frame carrying a sheet of drywall. A team of volunteers wearing hard hats walks around the construction site. A worker installs a piece of flooring inside the home.)

00:02
So, the vision of Habitat for Humanity is really a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

(Visual: Mark Rodgers, the man speaking, appears on camera. He is facing the camera and is being interviewed outdoors in a housing development.)

(Text on screen: Mark Rodgers, Former President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada)

00:08
We are an organization that’s focused on affordable homeownership.

(Visual: A worker rolls paint onto a baseboard. A group of volunteers works on the outside wall of the home. A row of people hold up cameras and smartphones as a woman speaks at a podium at a Habitat for Humanity press conference.)

00:12
We do that through a concept called “Partnership Housing.” It’s done so through the love and support of communities coming together to help vulnerable families. To help them build their own homes. Today’s announcement, by the Federal Government of their investment in our organization of 32.4 million dollars over the next 3 years is absolutely historic for us.

(Visual: Mark Rodgers, the man speaking, appears on camera. He is facing the camera and is being interviewed outdoors in a housing development.)

00:34
We are going to be able to impact families like never before in our history.

(Visual: A wide angle shot pans across a green field. In the distance a group of people socialize as they await the beginning of a press conference.)

(Text on screen: August 2019, Peterborough, ON)

(Visual: Sabrina, a Habitat homeowner is shown smiling and laughing as she converses with Mark Rodgers. Ceremonial shovels are shown plunged into the grass. Habitat for Humanity hard hats hang from the handles of the shovels. A crowd applauds as Sabrina approaches the microphone to speak. Before speaking, Sabrina hugs Sarah Burke, CEO – Peterborough and Kawartha, Habitat for Humanity.)

00:41
In 2011, I was basically living my best life. All of that changed when 28-year-old me was diagnosed with cancer. The financial burden of a cancer battle forced us to downsize into a smaller more affordable house. I completed my cancer treatments when I was unexpected widowed.

(Visual: Sabrina, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is speaking at the podium at an outdoor press conference.)

(Text on screen: Sabrina, Habitat Homeowner, Peterborough and Kawartha Region)

00:59
I was a single mom living in less than desirable living conditions.

(Visual: Wide-angle panning shot of an office building. The sign on the building says Habitat for Humanity — Peterborough and Kawartha Region)

01:03
Buying a house seemed completely out of the question. On the advice of a colleague I looked into Habitat for Humanity.

(Visual: Sabrina, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is speaking at the podium at an outdoor press conference.)

01:09
So, I filled out the application with no true hope of it going anywhere and to my complete surprise I got a call and my application looked promising.

(Visual: A wide-angle shot of Sabrina’s Habitat home.)

01:19
And in March 2012 I picked up the keys to my home.

(Visual: A large artist rendering of a new housing project sits on an easel at a press conference.)

01:25
This exciting new project will be called Leahy’s Lane Condo Development.

(Visual: Sarah Burke, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is facing the camera and is being interviewed at the Habitat for Humanity building in Peterborough.)

(Text on screen: Sarah Burke, CEO, Habitat for Humanity, Peterborough and Kawartha Region)

01:29
We’re going to open it up to singles, couples, seniors, as well as families.

(Visual: Sarah Burke and Mark Rodgers, among a group of leaders from various levels of government, participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of the housing project.)

01:35
So, I think that’s really something to be excited about, and we’re really proud to be able to offer that to the Peterborough community.

(Visual: A large group of individuals poses for a photo at a podium at an outdoor press conference.)

(Text on screen: August 2019, Toronto, ON)

(Visual: Hanna stands near the podium holding a sheet of paper in her hands. She is standing by to speak at a press event.)

01:43
My mom raised my brothers and I as a single parent. At night, in our old apartment we would hear people banging the doors, yelling and swearing.

(Visual: Hanna, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is speaking at the podium at an outdoor press conference.)

(Text on screen: Hanna, Daughter of Habitat Homeowner, Peterborough and Kawartha Region)

01:53
The three things I learned while living there was: don’t look people in the eyes, mind your own business, and keep walking if you see or hear anything.

(Visual: Hanna is shown smiling and laughing as she converses with one of her brothers at the press event. She is shown signing a ceremonial piece of wood with a black marker.)

02:02
So, my family and I moved into our Habitat home last summer in June. Our family members are finally comfortable enough with visiting us. I remember in our previous apartment we couldn’t leave or go anywhere after 8 or 9 p.m.
(Visual: Hanna, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is speaking at the podium at an outdoor press conference.)

02:15
So, thank you so much Habitat for Humanity for giving us something we never thought we would ever have.

(Visual: Hanna is shown smiling and laughing as she converses with Mark Rodgers at the press event.)

02:20
I still don’t have the right words to explain how thankful and grateful I am towards everyone who helped us move into our home but thank you so much.

(Visual: A close-up shot of a street sign says, “150 Pinery Trail.” A wide-angle shot pans to reveal a row of brick homes that are under construction.)

02:28
There are so many families across the GTA that are living in inadequate and unsafe housing.

(Visual: Joshua Benard, the man speaking, appears on camera. He is facing the camera and is being interviewed outdoors in a housing development.)

(Text on screen: Joshua Benard, VP Real Estate Development, Habitat for Humanity GTA)

02:35
The challenge that we’re faced with is the real estate market here is becoming more and more difficult to develop in.

(Visual: A construction worker enters the housing project. Another worker is bent down tying up his construction boot. Two workers push a piece of wood through a table saw.)

02:41
We’re competing with everyone else to develop housing. Going vertical costs more money, so funding is essential, and it will allow us to continue to do what we’re doing.

(Visual: A group of smiling volunteers wearing matching shirts puts on hard hats. They are getting ready for a group photo at a press event.)

02:50
Following this exciting announcement in 2019, we’re ready to move forward and break ground all over the country.

(Visual: Julia Deans, the woman speaking, appears on camera. She is facing the camera and is being interviewed in an office building.)

(Text on screen: Julia Deans, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada)

02:57
The government has given us a huge opportunity to build many more homes…

(Visual: The camera pans across a row of smiling volunteers as they get set to pose for a group photo. The camera cuts to a wide shot of the group as the volunteers raise their arms outward toward the camera. The group of volunteers removes their hard hats and raises them proudly in the air. The image slowly fades to white as text and logos appear.)

03:01
…and we need donors and volunteers to jump onboard with us now more than ever. We need Canadians to say, “I’ll step up and be part of a movement to increase affordable housing right across Canada.”

(Text on screen: #NationalHousingStrategy, placetocallhome.ca)
(Music fades out)
(Visual: Text, the National Housing Strategy logo, Government of Canada logo, and CMHC logo fade in together. All text and logos fade to white.)

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July 31, 2020

Healing begins at home

Sabrina Hall stands at a podium and faces a crowd of supporters, donors, members of the media and staff. She’s about to say a few words to support a new development-a 41-unit condo project called Leahy’s Lane that is Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s largest multi-residential development.

But Sabrina isn’t at the podium because she’s a Habitat official. Sabrina is a homeowner, single mom and a successful Habitat homeowner. “In 2011, I was living my best life,” she says. “Then all of that changed when 28-year-old me was diagnosed with cancer. The financial burden of a cancer battle forced us to downsize into a smaller, more affordable house.”

Sabrina fought hard and completed her cancer treatment. Then, tragically, she was widowed.

She pauses. She’s told this story countless times, but Sabrina believes in Habitat’s work so she pushes on.

”I was now a single mom, living in less than desirable living conditions. Buying a house seemed completely out of the question. And then on the advice of a colleague, I looked into Habitat for Humanity.”

Sabrina continues, “I filled out the application with no true hope of it going anywhere, and to my complete surprise, I got a call — my application looked promising — and in March 2012 I picked up the keys to my new home.”

Relief still washes over her face.

Sabrina’s family, and thousands of other Canadian families like hers, deserve a safe and affordable place to call home.

As part of the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, $32.4 million has been committed over 3 years (2019 – 2021) to Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitat organizations across the country.

Julia Deans, President and CEO at Habitat for Humanity Canada is heartened to see the federal government’s renewed commitment to improving housing affordability. “We’re ready to move forward and break ground all over the country. The government has given us a huge opportunity to build many more homes and we need donors and volunteers to jump on board with us now more than ever.”

Also on hand to support Sabrina at the announcement is Habitat’s past President and CEO, Mark Rodgers, who spent 18 years at the organization. He explains, “With the federal government coming out with the National Housing Strategy, the first time ever in Canada, we now have an opportunity to align with that strategy. The federal government’s investment in our organization is absolutely historic for us. We are going to be able to impact families like never before in our history.”

Habitat for Humanity Canada is receiving funding from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, a National Housing Strategy initiative.

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