For the first time this spring, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region will be building homes in Wellesley Township for two local families.

"We are thrilled to welcome HabitatWR to our community and are fully invested in the successful building of two units for local families in our area," said Wellesley Mayor, Joe Nowak in a news release. 

Construction is expected to start in April with the help of 200 volunteers. The new homeowners will put in 500 hours of volunteer work towards the construction of their, and other, Habitat homes.

The two units will be built on Queen's Bush Road in Wellesley and the families will become homeowners by paying a no-interest mortgage capped at 25 per cent of their gross household income.

Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region is still in the process of choosing the two families. 

Community Support

"We've already secured over $115,000 in donations from the people of Wellesley, businesses, individuals, service clubs, churches and faith groups," said Jerry Lawlor, vice president of development for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region.

"And we will probably have mostly Wellesley Township and rural volunteers."

Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region will continue to fundraise for the Wellesley Build project over the next two years.

The project is also part of the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which aims to build 150 homes for Canada's 150th anniversary.