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Habitat for Humanity Huronia is proud to introduce our newest family, the Kovachev's.
Georgi, Maya and twins daughters Lachezara and Dobromira will be our 35th. family build, the third in Angus.

"I started to look on the Internet about how to do it and if we were qualified," she said while the twins used plastic shovels to dig into the ground of the site of their future home. "We heard in March we qualified and I couldn't believe it" says Maya. "We live in Barrie in an apartment. Moving from an apartment to a house with a backyard is going to be fantastic, especially for the kids," Kovachev added. "It's amazing. It's more than we could dream of."

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CTV Barrie: Habitat build  by CTV News Barrie
Habitat for Humanity Huronia started a new build in Angus on Thursday for a young family.

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Since 1997, we have provided permanent homeownership solutions to hardworking, deserving families in Simcoe County. Families who have benefitted from a Habitat Home have experienced better health and financial security, their children get better grades in school and the local economy benefits from tax dollars and local spending.

Habitat families purchase their home at Market Value with a no interest mortgage after volunteering at least 500 hours to help build the house.

Our two ReStores divert more than 350 tons of waste from local landfills every year and provide quality home improvement products and furniture to local shoppers.


Each month, Catherine Gosney tucked $50 into her savings account. It’s all the Barrie mom had left after she paid $1,100 in rent, tackled the bills, bought groceries and put money away for her children’s education. At that rate, it would take Gosney 50 years to leave rental housing and become a homeowner.
“It would have been virtually impossible for me to ever own a home, to be honest with you,” Gosney said.

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Introducing Lorraine Brunelle and family as our newest partner family.

Lorraine and her two children, Noah, age 14 and William, age 9 have lived in the area for 7 years. Over the last couple of years the Brunelle's have gone through some major changes and look forward to getting into a regular routine. 

"I never thought that I would qualify for this program, so I hesitated.  Now I'm glad I did Apply" says Lorraine

Comprised of Habitat for Humanity staff, board members and volunteers, including four international students from Georgian College, the novice "Habitat House Dragons" are looking forward to an exciting day of races, especially after a hectic start to their training schedule. Tornadic conditions forced the cancellation of the team's first practice and rain and wind made for a cold and soggy introduction to the sport for the eleven brave souls who ventured out to the next practice. Nervous at first the fledgling team quickly developed their paddling skills in spite of inclement conditions and before long they were paddling in unison- the picture of synchronization.

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Catherine Gosney is the newest owner of a Habitat for Humanity house in Barrie.

She said the semi-detached home in Letitia Heights is like having a dream come true for her and her family.

Gosney took possession of her new home today.

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Members of the Rotary Club of Barrie, Alex Ikonikov, left, Stu McMillan, Bruce Martin, head of the Habitat for Humanity Huronia build committee, Ron Dennis, and Jody Patfield, and Paul Markel (kneeling) install a deck at Habitat's latest project build, a renovation on Lampman Lane, Sunday.    J.T. McVeigh Photo

Sometimes life gets in the way and financial stability flies out the window on the wings of each rent cheque written.
In Barrie, a woman and her three children are getting a break from the neverending cycle of poverty next week.
“She went through life with the best of intentions and life just happened,” said Lee Pigeau of Habitat for Humanity Huronia, Sunday.
Pigeau and half-a-dozen Rotary Club of Barrie volunteers were putting the finishing touches on a deck at a home on Lampman Lane, as he explained new arrangements for the mother and her three children, aged four, 12 and 16.

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Introducing our newest family partner Catherine Gosney.
Catherine is a hard working mom with three children. While residing in Barrie for the past twelve years Catherine has taken an active role in her community by volunteering for various charity events. Encouraged by her parents to pursue her interests and achieve her goals, Catherine is now a manager for a small retail business in town and involves herself also in the charitable endeavours of her employer.

Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys playing guitar and involving her children in music. Catherine helps out when she can as she did with Habitat Huronia’s golf tournament this past June.

The most important aspect of her life is her family. Two daughters,  a son and “Chuck” the cat keep her very busy. The children are very active in elementary school activities, which include sports and various academic clubs.  Catherine encourages her children to study hard and through her life example teaches them to follow their dreams, no matter how hard they may seem at the time.  There have been challenges in Catherine’s life but now she is determined to put that behind her and do what she can to put her and her family back on their feet. Habitat Huronia is proud to be part of this transition.

Catherine Gosney is the newest owner of a Habitat for Humanity home in Barrie.

The semi-detached home in Letitia Heights is a dream come true for Gosney and her family, she said.
“This is an opportunity I would never have had, being a single mother,” she said.

Gosney and her three children, aged four, 12 and 13, expect to move into the home when work is completed in mid-August.

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Catherine Gosney, right, received a helping hand from a group of volunteers from Powerstream, Thursday, who sponsered the day helping to paint and landscape her new Barrie home. Part of a Habitat For Humanity Huronia project, Catherine and her three children and pet cat "Chuck" are hoping to move into their new home, located at 2 Lampman Lane, in mid August.
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Leadership staff of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Barrie and area joined us on May 13th. to give a hand on a build day at the Yonge Street location.

Some of the things that needed attention were a little more painting, the windows need cleaning, washing the carpet and with the great weather just around the corner, let’s not forget power washing the back deck, cleaning up the BBQ and some lawn care.

RBC believes that their success is tightly linked with the economic health and social conditions of the communities in which they operate, and strive to provide hands-on support, knowledge and resources to help build prosperity at the community level.  

RBC is a long-term supporter of Habitat for Humanity Canada, an organization that promotes affordable housing through homeownership with all people regardless of race or religion.  RBC is also in the business of helping people purchase their own homes. In 2013 RBC supported Habitat for Humanity across North America, with employee participation in community builds, and over $500,000 in donations in Canada and has donated almost $4.5 million to Habitat for Humanity since 1992. RBC employees have been involved with community builds in over 78 communities across the country.

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440 Yonge Street is the first of two builds this year for Habitat Huronia. MPAC has donated the time to paint the complete interior of this dwelling. In a herculean effort, MPAC will attempt to paint all interior walls from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 9.  To help with this tremendous effort, our newest family partner will be on hand to expedite and support with labour.

MPAC administers a uniform, province-wide property assessment system based on current value assessment in accordance with the provisions of the Assessment Act. It provides municipalities with a range of services, including the preparation of annual assessment rolls used by municipalities to calculate property taxes. Municipal enumerations are also conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a Preliminary List of Electors for each municipality and school board during an election year. Today, MPAC is responsible for the assessment of nearly 5 million properties in the province.
Team MPAC was on site along with Eva’s Deli Restaurant and Catering to nourish these titans of paint.

Owning a home is a major accomplishment and goes beyond simply having a roof over your head. It’s a place where you can create lasting memories, start family traditions and have a space you can truly call your own.

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Welcome to

Habitat for Humanity - Huronia

Habitat for Humanity is more than building! Habitat is a people-to-people organization forming partnerships with community leaders, builders, suppliers, volunteers and Family Partners; and together, providing simple, adequate and affordable housing to low income families. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.

Habitat for Humanity Huronia seeks to provide the pride and responsibility of home ownership to families in need, and to work towards eliminating substandard housing one house at a time.

& the ReStore - Barrie / Alliston

The ReStore is a retail outlet that sells recycled and new building materials, hardware, and appliances to the public at bargain prices. New material has been donation by our business partners. Profits from sales are used to build more homes for our family partners.

An innovative response to the landfill crisis.


We would ask that all applicants have a passion and desire to own their own home. We, in turn can offer the pride of home ownership and the ability to create a future for you and your family.
• If you have lived in Simcoe County for 2 years
• If your current housing is inadequate or substandard
• If you have verifiable, steady work/family income

We would like to hear from you!
Families with children are our priority.
Habitat works on the idea of “giving a hand up, not a hand out” while helping
to break the cycle of poverty.

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CTV Barrie: Habitat deck build
Members of the Barrie Rotary Club grabbed a hammer on Sunday to build a deck for a family getting a new home.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

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