A ground breaking ceremony for six houses being built for Nawash families took place over the weekend at Neyaashiinigmiing.
These single dwelling homes will house 11 adults and 17 children as part of the Rent to Own Program as a joint project between Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce and The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
Last year the program was able to build four homes, this year six, with the hopes being to build 19 over a five year span. These houses are being built using volunteers from all around North America as well as help from the selected families.
Each family is required to contribute 500 hours of work referred to as sweat equity's, into the building of their new homes. Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Greg Fryer says that this is a vital part of the building process.
"it's exciting for the families who get to see the progress of the houses being built and exciting for our volunteers who have the chance to work with and get to know the families." Fryer said about sweat equity's.
One of the houses will also be utilizing a University of Waterloo design called enhanced energy efficiencies. The design recently won an award from the United States Department of Energy.