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Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area

"We did it!! Two years since our first interest group meeting and we are thrilled to announce we are officially a Habitat for Humanity Affiliate.

I personally want to thank all present and former board members who worked so hard on the affiliation process. We also thank the original steering committee members and of course our local founder Gene Quinn for bringing Habitat for Humanity to Sault Ste. Marie. This was definitely a team effort and it shows in our strengths and patience.

It is not time to rest yet. Now we start raising money and planning for the future. We are always looking for dedicated committee members and potential new board members, however, if you only have the odd day to donate or a few hours a week we have a job for you!

We have been chomping at the bit to get this far and now we can celebrate and [be thankful] for this blessing."

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎- Nancy Bailey (Chairperson) in an excerpt from Habitat's Cornerstone newsletter in the ‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Summer of 2002

Who we are

Founded in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area is a non-profit charitable housing organization that believes everyone deserves a decent place to live.

We strive to mobilize and work with our community to help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. Thanks to the help of volunteers, donors, and community partners, fourteen Habitat families have found safe, decent, and affordable homes upon which to build brighter and more stable futures.

Our Affordable Homeownership Program

We don’t give away free homes; rather, our Affordable Homeownership Program bridges a gap for families unable to afford a traditional mortgage by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own home.

Families who apply and are accepted to become Habitat Homeowners purchase their home through a no-down-payment, interest-free mortgage geared to their income and contribute at least 500 volunteer hours to Habitat.

Once they move in, Habitat homeowners are responsible for maintaining their own home. We help families and individuals prepare for homeownership by providing homeowner education classes, ranging from financial literacy and budgeting to home-repair and maintenance.

Our path to homeownership requires hard work, time, and dedication, but this helps ensure the long-term success of the families we partner with.

How do we keep our mortgages affordable?

We make affordable homeownership accessible by removing barriers that can make owning a home impossible for many low-income working families and individuals.

Although Habitat homes are sold at fair market value, Habitat homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are interest-free and set at no more than 30 percent of their gross household income, including principal repayment and property tax. Each year, the gross household income is reviewed and adjustments to the monthly mortgage payment are made based on that income assessment.

Habitat Homeowners must be active participants in building a better home and future for themselves and their families.

To qualify, eligible homeowners must be:

-In need of better housing

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎-Potential homebuyers might be dealing with poorly maintained, unhealthy, or overcrowded housing; unaffordable rent; inaccessible housing for people living with disabilities; or have other shelter needs.

-Willing to partner with Habitat

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ -Habitat Homeowners volunteer a minimum of 500 hours with Habitat including volunteer hours spent building their own home or at a Habitat ReStore. This also includes classes in personal finances, home maintenance, and other homeowner topics.

-Able to make affordable mortgage payments

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎-Habitat homeowners buy their home for the fair market value. Mortgage payments are made affordable because they do not exceed 30 percent of the gross household income, and income is evaluated on a yearly basis.

Our Mission

We bring our community together to help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live.

Our Values

Trust & Respect: We value relationships built on transparency and integrity, and accomplish our mission through mutual support and appreciation.

Accountability & Dependability:  We value responsibility and ownership for results, and demonstrate reliability by delivering on our commitments.

Communication & Collaboration: Values open communication across the organization and demonstrate teamwork through cooperation and support that helps everyone achieve greater impact.

Empowerment & Initiative: We value empowerment as a means of inspiring and engaging individuals, resulting in greater incentive for accomplishing our collective mission.

Fairness & Flexibility: We value diversity and equity throughout the organization, and uphold a balanced and healthy environment.

Our Team

Our Board

Allyson Schmidt


Jonathan Kircal

Vice Chair

Diana Stoker


Jeffrey King


Nancy Bailey


Lorri Kennis


Jami DellaVedova


Harvey Walsh



Katie Blunt

Executive Director

Derek Paquin

Director of Operations

Joe Mackenzie

Finance & Risk Manager

Raphy Falardeau

Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator

Jill MacIsaac

Family & Volunteer Coordinator

Karen Lapointe

Assistant ReStore Manager

Kassidee Odber

Sales Associate

Michael Flemstrom

Donation Centre Assistant

Kevin Possamai

Donation Centre Assistant