How can you help?

Did you know that in Canada there are an estimated 1.7 million families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing right now? Some families have homes, but they are located in unsafe areas or they are not in adequate condition. Other families have homes, but struggle to make ends meet; sometimes not being able to pay for proper heating or food after paying their rent.

So how can you help? It’s simple: all you need is a pencil and paper. Write a composition, essay, or poem and tell us what home means to you. When you enter $10 will be donated by Sagen™ (formerly Genworth Canada)1 to your local Habitat for Humanity. Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up.

Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $30,000 grant each

Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $30,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build. In addition to the $30,000 grant, the contest grand prize winners will also receive an iPad and a pizza party for their class.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $10,000 grant each

Three contest runners-up per grade will receive a $10,000 grant towards a local Habitat build project, an electronic tablet and pizza party for their class.

Your participation will help a family build their home and achieve strength, stability and self-reliance.

And $10 per essay will be generously donated by the contest’s founding sponsor, Sagen, to your local Habitat for Humanity for every contest entry submitted. That means that your child’s participation is helping Canadian families access safe, decent and affordable homes that they pay for with a no down payment, affordable mortgage.

1. Sagen™ is the business name of Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (“GFMICC”) and is a trademark owned by Sagen MI Canada Inc. Genworth Canada is the former brand name of GFMICC.