Building Hope One Home at a Time

August 16, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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The CAW Hammer of Hope is a week-long build of a Habitat for Humanity home in London, Ontario that will help one deserving family move into decent housing.

CAW locals, the CAW national union and others in the London area have pulled together to make the project a reality. The energy efficient two-bedroom bungalow will be constructed outside the John Labatt Centre and then moved to a vacant lot that was once a biker clubhouse.

"When we were approached on this project we were taken with the fact that the home was for a single mother and was being placed on a lot formerly occupied by a biker gang," said CAW Local 27 President Tim Carrie.

"Local 27 then approached locals 88, 1520, 302 and the National CAW and everyone was enthusiastic and supportive. We raised $40,000 in a week," said Carrie, also CAW Council president.

While the occupants of the new home are excited by the project's completion, so are local residents who told The London Free Press they are delighted by their new neighbours and the improvement in their community.

CAW Local 302 President Nancy McMurphy said her local is incredibly proud to be part of the project. "It's not only a new start for the family, but also revitalizes the community," said McMurphy, also a CAW National Executive Board member.

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes for those in need who meet certain criteria. The mortgage-geared-to-income program requires those buying the home to put at least 500 hours of sweat equity into the property, while helping a Habitat team of builders and volunteers.

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