For us, home is a safe place to live, dance and celebrate. It’s somewhere to call our own.
Dharmik and Shaili have always wanted to have their own space, but with the rising interest rates and housing market prices being at an all-time high, finding a decent and affordable home to purchase in the Peterborough area was challenging.
Everything else in our life is good – we just currently live in a rental apartment and desperately want to have the security of our family owning a home.
Dharmik and Shaili first learnt about Habitat for Humanity PKR’s Affordable Homeownership program from a close friend. After doing more research, the couple stepped into the opportunity with an open mind and completed the application process. There was good news ahead for them both, as they were approved to be one of the 12 new homeowners who will move into Leahy’s Lane Phase 2 this year!
A Habitat home provides a strong foundation for a young family – it is an opportunity to build a better life as it provides homeowners with the security to invest in other areas of their lives such as education, finances and other opportunities.
Before they move in, Habitat Homeowners must complete 500 volunteer hours, including the hours spent at workshops that help prepare them for homeownership. Dharmik and Shaili plan to have some of their generous friends help them finish their hours by helping at the ReStore in any way they can.
We had no proper guidance on owning a home before this. Nicole, Habitat for Humanity PKR’s Housing Program Manager has helped us every step of the way!
In their free time, the couple have a wide range of shared interests together and can often be found cooking, painting, taking pottery classes and playing chess.
We plan to work hard to pay off our mortgage after we move in and we’re looking forward to celebrating this new milestone in our life together!
Interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s homeownership program? Click here!