City may consider donating land to Habitat for Humanity

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The Habitat for Humanity project that was taking shape on Maple Avenue last year in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario – City councillors might mull a plan to donate land to Habitat for Humanity to build a home in 2014.

The city’s community agency budget committee heard from Habitat Friday which is looking for $35,000 to help with the agency’s 2014 build project.

“That will go towards securing a serviced lot in Cornwall and will help us build the home…or (the city could) consider donating a surplus lot for us to build on,” said Leigh Taggart, Habitat for Humanity Seaway’s executive director.

Taggart said it costs Habitat between $100,000 and $110,000 to build a home for low-income families that meet its guidelines. Those figures do not include the cost of land.

Habitat is a new community agency in that it did not receive funding from the city last year.

Habitat has built six home in Corwall and four in the United Counties.

Taggart made a similar presentation to the United Counties Council, and has received donations of land and tax savings from rural townships.

Organizations: Habitat for Humanity

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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