Sod turned for latest Ingleside Habitat build

Members of the Jimenez family are joined by local politicians and Habitat for Humanity representatives on Thursday, May 2, 2024 for a groundbreaking on Santa Cruz Drive in Ingleside, Ont. (HFHCC via Newswatch Group)

INGLESIDE – The Jimenez family has helped turn the dirt on their future home.

The family of six along with local dignitaries and Habitat for Humanity officials participated in a ceremony at the lot on Santa Cruz Drive in Ingleside Thursday afternoon.

Once the home is built, it will be appraised and then sold to the family at fair market value. Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties will hold the no-interest mortgage.

The original plan was to build a duplex but it will now be a single family home because the agency had only one partner family and experienced “challenging, external logistics.”

As part of the deal, the Jimenezs will also perform 500 hours of volunteer work, which includes fundraising and education on being a homeowner.

Fiona and Jesus Jimenez have four children – Lidija, Joaquim, Ameelija and Emmanuel – ranging in age from 5 to 18.

This is the 21st build in Cornwall and SD&G and the second in South Stormont.