Ottawa is a beautiful place to call home and yet there is a continual shortage of affordable home ownership options across the region. In an effort to ensure more families have access to safe places to call home, the Leacross Foundation teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Ottawa in 2016 to become the Development Sponsor of Leacross Landing.

As the largest regional development to date, Leacross Landing consists of a 16-unit townhome community located in the heart of Orléans, Ontario. The Leacross Foundation was a major sponsor and donated over $75,000 to start the build. We also contributed volunteer hours at the build site — nailing, hammering, gluing, and cutting materials to bring these homes to life.

Since this was Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s first foray into building housing developments, the Leacross Foundation was honoured to receive the opportunity to name the build. Drawing on the foundation name “Leacross”, which originates from the area in Montréal where Roslyn Bern, President of Leacross Foundation grew up, it seemed fitting to call the community Leacross Landing on a new road called ‘Leacross Private’. Furthermore, Roslyn had an idea to have a sign created to add pride and commitment to the build, which now proudly welcomes all to the neighbourhood.

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While everyone involved in Leacross Landing had hoped the families would have been able to move in more quickly, the environmental audits and the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress. The wonderful news is that in 2021, the last two families will move in at the end of February.

Leacross Landing was no small undertaking and required many donors, sponsors and supporters. We extend sincere thanks to everyone who played an integral role in bringing people together to build homes, hope, and community.