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CA Hamilton-Burlington partnership houses 11th family

Property Here - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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One more family has realized their dream of homeownership thanks to the Home Ownership Affordability Partnership (HOAP), a partnership of the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), Scotiabank and the City of Hamilton.

The program is a unique solution to affordable housing in the community. The City of Hamilton helps identify families who might qualify for the program; a representative from Scotiabank works with the families to help them determine if they can afford a home; a Realtor helps the family locate a home that meets their needs – usually a home in need of repair – and HOAP makes the arrangements for and funds the renovations required to make the property safe, clean and up to code. 

As a result of the HOAP program and the 11 projects to date, more than just the HOAP families have benefitted from the program. As a family moves into their new home, another family is able to move into their vacated social housing unit.  Neighbourhoods also benefit as aging homes are renovated and other families are inspired to repair and renovate their homes.

In the most recent project, Ann Forbes Arndt of HomeLife Macro Realty donated her real estate services. The Ontario Realtors Care Foundation provided funding as did the RAHB Charity Golf Tournament.