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October 4, 2010
Toronto marks UN World Habitat Day
The City of Toronto and Habitat for Humanity Toronto today celebrated World Habitat Day with a flag-raising and proclamation event at City Hall.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day to focus attention on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. The theme of this year’s World Habitat Day is Better City, Better Life, which highlights our collective vision of a sustainable urban world that provides a home for people of all social, cultural, ethnic and economic divides.

Habitat for Humanity's flag was raised on the new Podium Green Roof at City Hall to mark the event. The World Habitat Day proclamation, signed by Toronto Mayor David Miller, notes that the City, with its federal and provincial partners and private and non-profit developers, is building more than 3,000 affordable rental and ownership homes this year.

"I'm pleased to join with Habitat for Humanity Toronto to celebrate World Habitat Day in Toronto," said Sean Gadon, Director of the Affordable Housing Office. "This year's theme - Better City, Better Life - strongly supports the principle of the positive power of affordable housing which underlies Housing Opportunities Toronto an Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020."

"No one should have to choose between necessities such as food, clothing and shelter," said Habitat for Humanity Toronto CEO Neil Hetherington. "Our city means the world to us and we are asking Torontonians to join us in advocating for more affordable housing, which should be made a priority in our city and around the globe."

Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization. We welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of three ReStores. Habitat ReStores sell quality new and gently used donated building materials. Every 10 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve its housing situation in more than 100 countries around the world.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Gil Hardy, Affordable Housing Office,, 416-397-4701
Joanna M. Dwyer, Habitat for Humanity Toronto,, 416-755-7353, ext. 228



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