After 18 years of successful operation, Homegrown Homes has evolved to meet the changing times.
Effective September 1st, 2016, we stopped offering units for rent. Our properties were transferred to Peterborough Housing Corporation, and all existing tenancies have been preserved.
The lack of operating funding from any level of government, coupled with the competitive fundraising market, combined to compel us to take a long look at the current financial trends, and how they would impact our ability to provide affordable housing in the future. With a wave of regret and a positive outlook, our Board of Directors made the decision to discontinue our current model of housing and explore new and exciting initiatives on the horizon - initiatives that will make good use of our experience and expertise, and allow us to continue to be an active voice in the affordable housing community.
There are not enough words to thank the hundreds of people who have supported us over the years - without their generous donations of funds, skills and time, Homegrown would never have been able to succeed - and succeed we did.
We grew from a kitchen table discussion to an organization with 24 affordable housing units for 65 people in need. Our innovative approach was groundbreaking in the province, and put Peterborough on the map as a leader in affordable housing initiatives. We are the only affordable housing provider in the country to have placed as a finalist in the World Habitat competition, which sees over 150 submissions from around the globe. Provincially, we are the only housing provider to have been awarded the Ontario Trillium Foundation Award, the CMHC Best Practices Award, and placed as a finalist in the World Habitat competition. And we did it all with no operating funding from government.
We will miss our tenants - they became extended family to us. But, we are elated that they are in good hands with another provider and not at any risk of being displaced. Their housing is secure and life will go on as it did with us, which is exactly as it should be.
For Homegrown Homes, the future holds the promise of more innovative practices, more involvement with like-minded agencies, and ultimately, more affordable housing. That too, is exactly as it should be.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us with their generosity, and touched us with their kindness. Our legacy as a direct provider of affordable housing is one of success, and it endures because of you.
As one chapter closes, another begins. And so it goes: One for the money Two for the show Three to get ready Four to go As long as we need affordable housing There's a long way to go
And Homegrown Homes will be there - for those who need it, those who believe in and support it, and most of all, for our community.
With our deepest fondness and gratitude,
The Board of Directors and Staff of Homegrown Homes.
Contact Information as of September 1st, 2016:
P.O. Box 2425, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7Y8
Telephone: Donna Clarke (705) 749-3149