Affordable Housing

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UofT Habitat for Humanity Campaign

Housing is a fundamental human right, and everyone deserves a roof over their heads. In Ontario, 129,000 families are waiting up to 20 years for affordable housing based on income. However, this does not mean we believe that houses should be given away for free.

Habitat for Humanity does not provide hand-outs, but they provide a hand-up. The homes are not free. The family must still pay a mortgage, but the mortgage is set at an affordable rate (based on their income). Families must also commit to a certain number of sweat equity hours.

Eyes of Hope started the UofT Habitat for Humanity Campaign in summer 2009, and the main objectives are:

1. Fundraise $80,000 for a house for a low-income family in Toronto
2. Send students/staff/alumni to the construction site to help build this “UofT Sponsored home”.

The Habitat for Humanity Campaign is not only about helping a family in need. This is also about developing personal teamwork and leadership skills, about meeting new people and making new friends, about learning new skills and experiencing new things, and about taking the first step towards being a global citizen.

Habitat for Humanity Builds

Learn awesome new skills – learn to build a house! 
A Habitat for Humaity build event is a unique opportunity to gain first hand experience on how to build an actual house! Professional leaders will teach you exactly how to build a home. NO prior experience is needed.

The task that you will perform and the skills that you will learn depends on the phase of construction, varying from drywalling to building a roof/patio to painting.

Meet new people, make new friends, develop your teamwork/leadership skills 
Each group will have 4-6 volunteers working together and a crew leader to lead you. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, develop leadership skills and make new friends! In addition, a FREE pizza lunch will be provided.

Have FUN while helping with a good cause!
Hey, this is a FUN social event. And at the end of the day, you are personally showing leadership against the fight against poverty!

How Can I help?

  • We need to get as many people involved as we can to reach the goal of $80,000! Anyone and everyone is welcome to help out! So far we have all raised $26,000! To get involved, visit See below for some ideas.
  • Sign up for a build event. We will post available build events on our home page:
  • Join our committee to help organize build events and fundraising events. Email eyesofhope[at]utoronto[dot]ca.


You can set your personal goal on your own online fundraising page to encourage your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, dentist – anyone you know – to give generously to this important cause.

To reach your goal, you might consider the following:

  • use the template provided by the online fundraising tool (Fundraising > Get Sponsors) to send email to your personal and professional contacts, asking them to sponsor you.
  • get yourself started by making the first donation yourself – all donations are tax-deductible
  • fundraise as a team – join together with your peers and increase the number of potential sponsors through your joint efforts
  • spread the word about your participation in the UofT campaign on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Linked-In
  • organize a fundraising event – garage sale, movie/karaoke night, bake sale, dance/skip/bike-a-thon, etc
  • use the offline pledge form to collect cash, cheque or credit card donations in-person or by phone (click here to download pledge form)

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families.

Habitat provides a hand-up, not a hand-out: partner families pay an interest-free mortgage and earn their home through 500 ‘sweat equity’ hours.

Did you know that the revenue from Habitat Toronto’s three ReStores covers all of our administrative and fundraising costs? (Habitat ReStores sell quality new and used donated building materials.) This means that 100% of donations will go directly to building a Habitat home.


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