November 27, 2007

CAW and Habitat for Humanity build new home for Ontario family

Toronto, Ontario – In the three days prior to the Grey Cup, the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW), Habitat for Humanity and the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation teamed together to build a new home in Toronto that will be relocated to nearby Oshawa.

The house was completed by CAW skilled trades volunteers, scores of other volunteers and CFL players over 72 hours on Toronto’s Bremner Street, outside the Rogers Centre where the game was played. The site raised awareness for tens of thousands of people passing by about the need for more affordable housing in Canada.

Hemi Mitic, assistant to the CAW President, and Toronto Argonaut head coach Michael Clemons presented keys to the family on Grey Cup Sunday. The new house will be relocated to Oshawa on a lot donated by the municipality.

“Thanks to all those who braved the cold weather to help not only with the house build, but who also raised awareness about the growing need for affordable housing right across this country,” Mitic said. “This is part of the CAW’s commitment to social housing. Our union has also teamed up with the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation to help those less fortunate through the Ambassadors to Youth Program and the Stop the Violence program.”

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