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May 31, 2006
Mayor David Miller applauds Toronto’s affordable housing volunteers
City employees who volunteered their time to help build 10 new affordable homes were honoured today by Mayor David Miller at a City Hall ceremony.

More than 100 City employees worked on the Habitat for Humanity and Toronto Rotary project at 38 St. Lawrence St. Their efforts enabled 10 families to begin new lives with a secure housing future.

“I want to commend the City employees and the staff of the Affordable Housing Office who have made such a positive contribution to Toronto and to these parents and children,” Mayor Miller said. “They not only built homes - they built hope.”

Mayor Miller announced that more than 40 new affordable homes will be underway this year thanks to the partnership between the City and Habitat for Humanity. He encouraged more City employees to volunteer their time for these construction initiatives.

In order to facilitate the creation of affordable homes, Toronto has established the Affordable Housing Office and Affordable Housing Committee. Approved initiatives are co-ordinated by a new cross-departmental affordable housing team to help speed up the building process.

“Affordable housing is an essential ingredient of safe and healthy neighbourhoods,” said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee. “I’m very proud of the commitment and dedication of City employees who made these new homes possible.”

“Thanks to the City of Toronto, affordable housing is being built,” said Habitat CEO Neil Hetherington. “Habitat for Humanity is committed to work alongside the City to ensure everyone has, at a minimum, a simple, decent and affordable place to live.”

Today’s event is part of Toronto Public Service Week activities taking place from May 29 to June 2. The City is hosting a series of events, presentations, demonstrations and displays throughout the week to showcase the role that the Toronto Public Service plays in delivering services to residents, businesses and visitors. There are more than 48,000 staff in City divisions, agencies, boards and commissions serving 2.7 million residents. For more information about Toronto Public Service Week go to or call 416-338-0338.

Media contact:

Gil Hardy
Affordable Housing Office



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