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TORONTO, December 3, 2015 – Social entrepreneur and founder of Options for Homes ("Options"), Mike Labbé, has won the 2015 City Builder award from the Canadian Urban Institute. This Urban Leadership award, along with several other awards will be presented at the Urban + Leadership Day to be held Friday, December 4th at Artscape Sandbox.
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Toronto, Canada has a growing populous rich in culture and opportunity. Much like any other city, people from all walks of life seek accommodations within its many diverse neighbourhoods. But as the downtown core and surrounding municipalities expand in size – and as the cost of homes continues to rise – the availability of affordable housing has become increasingly sparse.
Alberta's Alfred Nikolai (Habitat for Humanity Edmonton), Ontario's Michel Labbé (Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation) and New Brunswick's Jeff Schnurr (Community Forests International) are social entrepreneurs who are luminaries in their fields. Each lives and does business with a powerful sense of purpose that drives them to build better outcomes for people in Canada and beyond. At its upcoming regional Entrepreneur Of The Year™ galas, EY will recognize their efforts with Special Citation awards for social entrepreneurship.
The Toronto Star's New In Homes Blog profiles Options' development Danforth Village Estates and discusses why this may be your best option as a first-time buyer!
Cheryl Preminger immigrated to Canada with a dream of owning a home in this country. That dream was quickly shattered when she suddenly lost her husband to cancer and lost her job. But thanks to one non-profit, Preminger has realized her dream.
Options For Homes has always dedicated itself making home ownership more affordable for Torontonians who may otherwise not be able to buy a home. But with its Cranbrooke Village project, which officially opened last week near Bathurst and Lawrence, it was able to provide housing for buyers who made have found it impossible to get a mortgage any other way.
"It is a great source of pride that we have been able to generate $11.82 million on this site to help our purchasers and future purchasers in perpetuity own their homes," said Options for Homes president and CEO Mike Labbé.