Making Kenora Home is hoping to help those in poverty.
The group is taking inspiration from a Winnipeg based program, called BUILD. BUILD, an acronym for Building Urban Industries for Local Development, is a non-profit contractor and a training program for people who face barriers to employment. The contracting company trains people with limited experience in the labour market through in-class training and on-the-job mentor-ship as they build and renovate homes.
Making Kenora Home co-chair, Jennifer McKibbon, spoke about bringing the program to Kenora.
“It’s an idea. There’s a lot of things that have to come together to make it happen. BUILD has successfully shown that if you support people with barriers to employment properly, they can become employed in the economy and lift themselves out of poverty. We could really see how this sort of program can be used in Kenora. There’s room for more people to do construction in Kenora. It provides jobs for people who need them. It’s exciting. We’re very dedicated to make this happen,” she said.
McKibbon noted that the program could be used to help the Kenora District Services Board build social housing units in the area. The KDSB is hoping to establish an additional 150 supportive housing units this year, with 60 to 80 of those units being brand new builds.
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