World Housing Mid Year Update

July 2019 — Mid Year Edition.

Written by Sam White on July 11, 2019

“World Housing exists to provide a home for everyone. We connect people and organizations that align around our goal in order to maximize the potential of our collective social impact.”
— Don McQuaid, Managing Director

Latest Updates & Stories

Our Founders, Developers, Ambassadors, and Realtors connect their network of clients, employees and suppliers to their own social impact projects making a meaningful connection to the day to day work they do.

Here’s the latest on what some of our partners been up to in their work with World Housing. For more information or if you have questions, get in touch here.

MLA Canada — innovators in the way people experience and consume real estate partner with World Housing.

World Housing’s newest partnership with MLA Canada was announced at their 3rd Annual Rocket Awards event in June. This values-driven organization led by Cam McNeill and Ryan LaLonde have brought together their entire team to raise funds to build 10 homes this year. With their sales and corporate teams working together they will transform the lives of families for generations to come. To learn more about MLA Canada click here.

Agents of Change program launches globally at GNE 2019

This past May at the General National Exhibition, we officially launched the Agents of Change program with our partners New Story Charity. We are excited to offer this exclusive program to the entire network of 23,000 Sotheby’s International Realty Agents. We’re so excited to grow this program with an organization who embodies what it means to be an Agent of Change. Click here to read the full story.

The Walls Family joins the World Housing Family of Ambassadors.

Living in the foothills of Calgary in their exclusive Terre Blanche Estate Richard and Carolina Walls learned of World Housing’s work. After researching and developing a greater understanding of our mission to end global homelessness, they were compelled to share their family’s good fortune with families living in absolute poverty. They have pledged to fund homes to build a community of homes in Latin America from the proceeds of the sale of their family estate. To learn more about the Walls Family and Terre Blanche click here.

S & P Real Estate throws down a team challenge to build homes

Innovators in the real estate marketing industry S & P Real Estate have big hearts and are committed to transforming lives through the gifting of homes. On a recent company-wide call, Co-Founder Sid Landolt organized his people into Team Canada and Team USA with the goal to build one home each. To recognize reaching their goal, the winning team will send two people to a gifting ceremony in the spring of next year. To learn more about S & P Real Estate click here.

Richard Bell propels the growth of World Housing’s Ambassador program

Richard Bell of Bell Alliance developed the NexGen Forward giving group — a group of passionate business leaders who believe that a home is the best way to impact the next generation in developing countries. Richard continues to tirelessly support our work and has introduced World Housing to three new Ambassadors this year. More to come on these new partnerships in the next update. To learn more about Richard Bell click here.

Taylor Conroy rallies his networks to fund 30 homes in Mexico.

333 Impact Inc. and The Idea Collective are both owned by Taylor Conroy, who along with his network have partnered with World Housing to raise funds to build homes in Mexico in November 2019. The Idea Collective is a company that helps people to become speakers on the world’s biggest stages. 333 Impact Inc. is a social enterprise that helps people raise money for charity and go on impact adventures. Their mission is to scale empathy throughout the world by creating connection-inducing experiences for people like you. To learn more about Taylor and his impact click here.

Michelle Yu expands her real estate business and her work with World Housing.

The Michelle Yu Personal Real Estate Team pledges to donate the entire commission of one home sale every year to World Housing! Michelle is now expanding her business through the purchase of her Remax franchise. Her plan for growth includes the integration of her work with World Housing and will provide the opportunity for her team of Realtors to also donate from their home sales. To learn how Michelle Yu connects the very top of the housing pyramid to the very bottom click here.

REX Homes provide another 3 families with safety & security of a home.

REX Homes sets aside a portion of all income from selling homes to fund homes for families in dire need. It is their mission to contribute one home for every 50 homes sold. The entire REX team is committed to providing innovative ways for their clients to buy and sell real estate which also helps fund World Housing communities. To learn more on how REX has integrated giving into their business model click here.

Communities Under Development

World Housing partners with local building organizations who have strong ties to the community as well as proven experience. Working with our partners we provide critical community services like education, healthcare as well as connections to the local electric and hydro grid. Together we’re able to multiply our impact for these families to build not only homes but sustainable communities.

Ahuachapán II

Part of a larger 51 home community, our 7 homes in Ahuachapán, El Salvador are nearing completion! With electric and hydro fully connected families will move in by the end of July. Can’t wait to meet a family who will be moving into the new community? Click here to meet the Orzoco Family!

Morelos, Mexico

Through the Agents of Change program with our partners Sotheby’s International Realty and New Story Charity we have been rebuilding communities in the central Mexican state of Morelos. To learn more about these communities and the Agents of Change program please click here.

New Home Designs & Communities

Nuevo Cuscatlan II, El Salvador

The newest community being built with our partners New Story is a 120–180 home master-planned community, equipped with running water, electricity and shared community spaces. The two-story homes are designed for larger families and to utilize less land footprint to build. They total 60 sq. m. and include two upstairs bedrooms with an additional bedroom on the bottom floor. We are currently looking for partners to fund these homes at a cost of $11,043 CAD per home. The plan is to break ground September 2019. If you are interested in funding this community, please get in touch with us!

World’s First 3D Printed Home Community

New Story Charity is our building partner in Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti. Like World Housing, New Story is a 100% organization that’s committed to operational excellence. New Story along with ICON Technologies have spearheaded the new 3D Printed Home community that World Housing donors have helped to fund in 2019. We’re looking forward to the early fall to showcase this revolutionary community. We will continue to provide updates as construction progresses.

Founders Support Our Growth

100% Promise — What this means to donors?

Our 100% promise means that every dollar raised through World Housing’s fundraising initiatives will be used to support the construction of homes for families living in absolute poverty.

World Housing would not exist without our Founders.

Our ‘Founders’ fund the operating costs of the organization, which enables us to maintain our 100% Promise. It also enables World Housing to create innovative and high impact ways to raise the critical funds needed to provide homes to families.

World Housing is poised for expanded growth in the next 3 years, with a mission to house 10,000 people by 2022. If you’re interested in joining the World Housing community and helping us achieve our goal please email Don.

With Gratitude,

The World Housing Team
Don, Sam & Jason