Whether you have two legs or four (or more), shelter is essential for survival. Unfortunately, affordable housing often lies low on governments’ radar screens. This is why the UN has declared the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day. Habitat for Humanity is an organization that brings the issue of affordable housing into our front yards by calling on community volunteers to build homes for people in need. In fact, the Montreal Chapter is hard at work on a two-family home in Pointe-St-Charles. Spread the word and be sure to visit http://worldhabitatdaynews.com to see how you can make a difference.
Homes of course need furnishings and materials. One way Habitat for Humanity raises funds is by running ReStores, outlets that accept donations for resale. From the Habitat site:
Habitat ReStores are outlets that accept donated goods for resale. While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods—furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. These donated goods are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.
Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals in the community. ReStores provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream and simultaneously provide funding for all of Habitat’s community improvement work.
Montreal’s local ReStore is located at 4399 Notre Dame Ouest. Check out the store’s blog for a sample of the latest donations http://www.restoremontreal.blogspot.com/.