Lambton County is being recognized for its work delivering two innovative pilot projects with Habitat for Humanity Sarnia-Lambton.
The Ontario Municipal Social Service Association (OMSSA) gave Lambton the “Local Champion Award”, a peer nominated award recognizing work being accomplished across the province.
Last year, the County and Habitat teamed up to develop the “Lambton Builds” initiative. Nearly 30 volunteers in receipt of Ontario Works contributed over 2,400 hours to a Habitat homebuilding project. Working alongside Habitat personnel and other community members, the volunteers gained hands-on experience that helped enhance their employable skillset.
The County and Habitat also worked together to establish the “Habitat Handyman” program which offered low-cost, basic home maintenance and repair to low income individuals and families who were at risk of housing instability or even homelessness if repairs were not completed. Volunteers completed 24 projects for 17 households in 2016.
“The County’s 10 year Housing and Homeless Plan calls for the creation of new and innovative partnerships to address housing gaps and that’s just what was accomplished through these two pilot projects,” said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber. “The County of Lambton is tremendously proud of the staff and volunteers and their Habitat partners that made these two initiatives such a success.”
Lambton will continue to participate in both projects after an endorsement at its February County Council meeting.
The County’s pilot projects with Habitat will be highlighted at OMSSA’s Leadership Symposium in Toronto May 28th to 30th.