Habitat Handyman offers low-cost home renovations in the GTA

Habitat Handyman, affordable home repair program

Access to comfortable, safe and secure housing is becoming harder and harder to achieve. Within Halton Region and The City of Mississauga alone, more than 7,000 homes are in desperate need of renovation and repair. There are also thousands of senior citizens awaiting accommodation in long term care facilities, whose lives would be greatly improved by accessibility upgrades, supports or repairs in their own homes.

Canada is getting older. By 2036, nearly a quarter of Canadians will be senior citizens. As our population ages, the need for seniors housing increases. There are thousands of people on the waitlist for Long-term care in our Mississauga Halton LHIN.

Finding appropriate seniors housing is difficult, even for people with the financial flexibility to afford their own living spaces. On average, living in a seniors residence costs between $1,800 to $2,500 a month. Even with subsidies, this can be unreachable for many people. Sometimes, there is more than just a financial strain exacted on those moving to a long-term facility. The loss of independence, moving away from family, and spousal separation can take an emotional toll on a person.

An inability to keep up with regular home maintenance adversely impacts safety, can lead to more severe emergency situations down the road, and threatens the ability to live independently, particularly for seniors and persons living with disabilities.

No matter our age or abilities, we all deserve to live with dignity, in a safe and secure home in which we can feel proud. That is why Habitat for Humanity is committed to building healthy, stable communities.

Habitat Handyman- addressing the need for home renovations

What is Habitat Handyman?

To help community members realize the dream of safe, secure housing, Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga introduces the Habitat Handyman Project. Habitat Handyman is a low-cost program that aims to improve quality of life through affordable repairs, retrofits and renovations.

The average cost of general carpentry services can run upwards of $100 per hour plus mark up on materials. What’s more, studies show that 94% of people embarking on home renovation projects are concerned their contractor will not offer a fair price. This barrier to accessing services can introduce risk, particularly for vulnerable members of the community who require additional supports to live safely and independently.

Habitat Handyman addresses these challenges by providing reliable, trustworthy services for home repairs, retrofits and renovations. The program leverages a pool of skilled volunteers and tradesmen to perform top quality work, all at a low cost. Recipients of the program are always guaranteed a fair price and high-value service.

Habitat Handyman helps to revitalize communities in many ways:

  • Access to accommodation supports and renovations that enhance comfort and support independent living improves the lives of senior citizens or those living with disabilities
  • Homeowners can receive assistance with their monthly expenses through the creation of basement apartments or secondary suites
  • Renters of the new basement apartments are provided with safe, decent, affordable housing. As the current rental vacancy rate in Halton Region sits at 1.3%, this helps to alleviate one of our community’s greatest challenges
  • All proceeds generated by Habitat Handyman are cycled back into Habitat’s Build Fund, helping more families fulfill the dream of home ownership.

How does Habitat Handyman work?

Anyone interested in Handyman services can contact the program administrator, Emily Johnson, at ejohnson@habitathm.ca

If a homeowner wishes to be considered for low-income pricing, he or she must provide proof of income, (the previous year’s CRA Notice of Assessment for all members 18+ not attending full time studies). A Habitat Handyman will book an appointment to visit the home and evaluate the scope of work.

If the work falls into Habitat’s capabilities, then the Handyman will provide the homeowner with a written estimate for the materials (if applicable) along with another for the labour required to complete the job. The homeowner signs and approves the estimate(s) then returns them to Habitat. On receipt of payment, Habitat purchases required materials and schedules a project start date.

Then, the Handyman team goes to work!

Upon completion of the job, an invoice for labour is sent to the homeowner for payment (30 day terms). The homeowner completes a follow up satisfaction survey to help Habitat identify service improvement opportunities.

Handyman Seniors Housing waiting list

What services are offered?

The Habitat Handyman Program offers the following services:

  • General Carpentry
  • Cabinet removal and installation
  • Kitchen repair/renovation
  • Bathroom repair/renovation
  • Drywall installation and repairs
  • In/exterior painting
  • Installation of flooring (laminate and tile only)
  • Installation of attic insulation
  • Vinyl siding installation and repair
  • Home exterior pressure washing
  • Deck repair and maintenance (pressure washing, staining and sealing)
  • Fencing installation and repair
  • Gutter cleaning
  • General seasonal home maintenance

How much does it cost?

Reduced Cost Pricing Stream

Cost of materials: 10% markup
Cost of Labour: $55 per hour
(for our Handman plus up to 4 volunteers)

Administration fee: $25 per $1,000 in total project costs

Minimum call out: $50

Regular Cost Pricing Stream

Cost of materials: 20% Markup

Cost of Labour: $70 per hour
(for our Handyman plus up to four volunteers)

Administration fee: $35 per $1,000 in total project costs

Minimum call out: $100

Habitat Handyman home renovations industry

Halton Accessibility Repair Program (HARP)

Still need help? The Halton Region offers the HARP program, a funding program that offers homeowners grants of up to $5000 to assist with repairs in their home.

For more information on HARP and eligibility factors, individuals may contact the region directly. You can find out how on their website.

Do I qualify?

Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga applies the Service Ontario High Needs Household Income Limits or “HILS” tables to determine eligibility. These tables connect maximum annual household income to the size of your home.

                                                                                                         

Size of your home Number of inhabitants Maximum gross household income
1 Bedroom 1-2 Members $45,000
2 Bedroom 2-4 Members $52,500
3 Bedroom 3-6 Members $61,500
4 Bedroom 5-7 Members $73,000

These are drawn from the High Needs Household Income criteria as provided by the Provincial Government under the Housing Services Act, 2011, S.O. 2011, c. 6, Sched. 1.

***Please note, our team reserves the right to evaluate special situations/requests on a case by case basis***

How do I start?

If you would like to apply for the Habitat Handyman process, getting started is easy!

Contact the program administrator, Emily Johnson, at ejohnson@habitathm.ca to begin the booking process.