Originally known as the Peterborough Community Housing Development Corporation, Homegrown Homes grew out of ideas shared between newly-elected city councillor Henry Clarke, and the late Bill Harrington in 1997.

Both men shared a deep interest in local community housing issues. By January 1998, these talks brought a collection of like-minded citizens into the Mayor's Task Force on Affordable Housing, whose goal was to address the growing lack of decent, affordable housing for individuals and families on low incomes.

On December 13 1998, the Mayor's Task Force on Affordable Housing was incorporated as Peterborough Community Housing Development. At the time, the group was just about ready to debut its first acquired house for rent - two units for two families, with four more renovation projects in the pipeline (two of those four houses were in need of re-location).

The organization changed its name to Homegrown Homes in September, 2006 to better reflect its grassroots nature.

As long as affordable housing remains an issue in our community, we will continue to pursue realistic, and sustainable solutions.