Councillor Rawlson King congratulates Habitat for Humanity for providing homes to eight families in Wateridge Village
On June 9, 2022, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa welcomed eight families to their new homes at Titus Landing at Wateridge Village. Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families.
The project, located at 455 Wanaki Road, is an 8-unit stacked townhome in two adjacent buildings centrally located near transit, schools, parkland and waterfront. Construction began spring 2020 and the project includes an accessible, barrier-free 3-bedroom unit on ground floor, as well as 3-bedroom units that fully occupy the second floor and 4-bedroom units that are split level two-story on third and fourth floors. The development provides shared outdoor space and outdoor parking.
The project adopted the use of prefabricated construction methods to stay on schedule in the wake of build delays due to COVID-19 and ongoing challenges accessing build materials and related supply chain issues. The project also used more environmentally friendly building materials and adopted energy efficient technologies.
The Titus Landing in Watering Village will offer its partner families, who demonstrated resiliency and dedication in contributing to the construction of their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, a pathway to homeownership. The City of Ottawa contributed $1.1 million to the construction of these affordable housing units.
Councillor Rawlson King delivered the following remarks to the unveiling ceremony:
Thank you for your warm introduction.
Today is a special day as we welcome new residents to Wateridge Village. I want to congratulate Habitat for Humanity, the families, the volunteers, the community, and all those who supported this enormous effort and achievement in building these new homes in our Ward.
As your City Councillor here in Rideau-Rockcliffe, it is a pleasure to meet many of the Habitat families moving into our neighbourhood. Welcome to Rideau-Rockcliffe and I hope that you make many happy memories in your new homes and in this community.
I am proud that you are moving into a community that has wonderful people, parkland and greenspace and community organizations for all families and residents to enjoy.
In a Ward as economically diverse as ours, there are many issues, including access to affordable housing. I believe there is an ongoing need to advocate for affordable housing in our communities and to collaborate with organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, who are doing remarkable work in ensuring more working families have access to safe, affordable, and secure housing. This is why I am pleased the City of Ottawa contributed $1.1 million to assist in the development of these eight affordable housing units.
I believe everyone should have a solid foundation on which to build from and that foundation is a safe place to call “home”.
I want to thank Habitat for Humanity again and the community that has come together to build these homes. You have done incredible work. To everyone who has been part of this effort, I wholeheartedly thank you and express my deep gratitude. I am honoured to be here in support of this achievement, and to welcome our new residents and families. I wish you many years of joy and success in your new homes.