$200,000 Donation For The Gateway Muskoka Homeownership Program

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Gateway Muskoka – Because owning a home shouldn’t be just a dream.

The Gateway Muskoka Homeownership Program was founded by a local couple who recognized a need for affordable housing in the District of Muskoka. Through collaboration with The District, the Gateway Homes Muskoka Reserves Fund was established along with the Gateway Muskoka Homeownership Program.

The program is designed to support local residents with down payment assistance so they can achieve their dream of homeownership. While the Gateway fund will assist many families in finding a place to call home, we know there is a need to do more.

Local programs such as Gateway are not possible without contributions from community oriented and generous individuals and organizations.

On Monday, December 17th 2018 during Muskoka District Council, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst President Gord McNeice presented Gateway Homes Advisory Group members Gord Adams and Ken Little with an anonymous donation in the amount of $200,000 to the Gateway Reserve Fund.

In his presentation to Muskoka District Council Monday evening McNiece stated “We in the Rotary Club have been able to act as a catalyst on many projects but the degree of success is often due to the support of the people in communities we serve.  This is one such project that we are proud to support and we would be remise if the generous support of the donor was not acknowledged.  We are truly blessed to have not only a broad base of the community rally around a cause but also individuals who by good fortune, hard work, inheritance, investment or lottery have been successful in life and are willing to share their success in a substantial way with those who are in need of a helping hand up… The enormous interest, energy, dedication and determination of all concerned has been instrumental towards making homeownership more attainable in Muskoka.  The donor would like to thank those who are excited about administering this program and helping to promote it.”

The anonymous donation will assist in opening the door to homeownership for over 100 individuals and families across the District of Muskoka over the next few years.

“The District recognizes the significant and growing need for affordable housing across Muskoka,” said Nancy Alcock, Chair of the District’s Community and Planning Services Committee.  “We are very thankful for this generous donation and are excited to be working with community partners like Rotary to create more affordable housing supports in our communities.”

Donations to Gateway Muskoka may be made by contacting the District of Muskoka at (705) 645-2412 ext. 4362 or the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst (705) 687-7777.

The Gateway Homeownership Downpayment Program is one of several affordable housing programs offered through the District.  Other programs include including rent supplements, renovation funding and capital incentives that encourage the development of affordable rental units.  Learn more at: https://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/community-and-social-services/Affordable-Housing.aspx

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