Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

Patty Parsons Habitat for Humanity Bala Build
There is a Muskoka fundraising event, on Tuesday, May 18th, at Moon River Lookout, to raise funds and an awareness of the most recent Habitat for Humanity Muskoka, Bala Build.

Sheila Overbeek is helping to organize The Patty Parsons Project. This project is in memory of her friend who died of a heart attack at age 42.

Ground-breaking is set for May 15th for the latest Muskoka Habitat for Humanity project in Bala.

The event take place at one the many great restaurants in Bala, 'Moon River Lookout'. Brian and I dined there for our anniversary!

They are planning on a silent auction at this event, and a jewelry sale, as well as refreshments and light snacks between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Of course, if you'd like to give a donation to Habitat for Humanity Muskoka, just visit the website,
Or you can send your cheque, payable to Habitat for Humanity Muskoka to:

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!1964 Muskoka Beach Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1R1

705 646-0106 Ext 5
or go to CanadaHelps.org

This event touches on an issue which concern me: myths of Muskoka housing.


Housing is a difficult issue in Muskoka. In the spring of 2009, vacancy rates for Muskoka were 2.8%. Industry standards say that 3% is considered a “healthy” vacancy rate. There are approximately 450 households waiting for rent-geared-to income housing in Muskoka. The Myths of Muskoka abound —not all are landed, rich and famous!

[IMG_6216.jpg]The Landlord and Tenant Board received 85 applications from Muskoka’s landlords for eviction in 2008. Over 400 households received assistance from The District Municipality of Muskoka’s Community Worker for Homelessness in 2008. In 2008, 60 households received assistance from The District Municipality of Muskoka’s Emergency Shelter Fund for over $60,000.

Many households in Muskoka earn less than poverty wages. In 2006, the median income for families in Muskoka was $61,159; which is 12% behind the Provincial average.

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