Through its approach known as "Ingenuity in Action", Homegrown Homes has put together surplus municipal land, cash grants, donations and individual effort in a variety of combinations to create rental housing for low-income people.
“Homegrown Homes is Habitat for Humanity for renters,” explained Donna Clarke, the not-for-profit group’s administrator. “We provide safe, affordable housing for people who just can’t have it, can’t find it. There’s a black hole in that people confuse social housing with affordable housing. Affordable housing is for everyone — particularly for the thousands of people who go to work every single day and try to earn a living and they still can’t make the rent. We have moved houses, we have built from the ground up, we have renovated. We will look at anything and any way to make it work.”
For many of their projects, CMHC provided Homegrown Homes with Project Development Funding as well as Seed Funding to help cover proposal development expenses. “CMHC has been available for everything. If we have a question, we call them. They always work with us. They always find a way to make it work,” said Clarke.