Habitat For Humanity Seaway Valley Gives $150K Home to Grow Op Couple in Cornwall Ontario

Habitat For Humanity Seaway Valley Gives $150K Home to Grow Op Couple in Cornwall Ontario
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CFN – Whoops!   It seems that Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley doesn’t care who they give a $150K house to.   The new lucky couple were busted for having a grow op!

The Standard Free Holder is reporting that the lucky new owners of one of their builds were in fact busted as  grow op people and recently sentenced while on the watch of Mrs. Frances Lauzon, wife of MP Guy Lauzon, both of whom are past chairs of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Bonville.

 

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The latest Habitat for Humanity partner family — expecting to receive their home in the fall — have criminal records for running a grow op at a former residence.

Stephan and Stephanie Durocher were both arrested May 3, 2011, by the Cornwall police’s street crime unit. They were both charged with possession of a controlled substance and production of a substance.

They were sentenced in January 2012 to 15 months conditional sentence and six months of probation.

Police seized $21,000 worth of drugs and other property from the home, including plant food, light bulbs and a water funnel.

Stephanie Durocher described the situation as a “poor decision” — a business idea her husband had with a friend. Both parents were arrested because both their names appear on the lease.

 

However a review of Habitat for Humanity’s own guidelines include the condition below.

Ability to repay a Habitat for Humanity mortgage requires that the family has a stable income sufficient to cover the monthly mortgage payments and other expenses that come with home ownership.

It would be really hard to do that from Prison.

The board until recently had Mrs. Lauzon as chair, and such Lauzon confederates as Mr. Dick Aubry, Glen Grant, and employee of Mr. Lauzon’s Ms Dani Tedesco.  LINK   The website as of this printing still lists Mrs. Lauzon as chair.

The local affiliate has been under controversy because of the Lauzon family’s involvement.  Mr. Lauzon is believed to have sold the property to the affiliate and taken over control of the board after it was suggested selling the property when the affiliate was in crisis.

There also was an issue with one of the former board of directors taking goods and cash for her time working in the ReStore on weekends; something that was put in writing to the board at that time.

Mr. Lauzon also has the adjoining Highway property for sale on Highway 138 directly in front of the ReStore.

Nobody from Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley was available for comment as of print time.

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28 Comments on "Habitat For Humanity Seaway Valley Gives $150K Home to Grow Op Couple in Cornwall Ontario"

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Cindy Noonan
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WOW,,,,As a Mom of 3 Kids,,who would LOVE to be able to not RENT ,and pay someone else’s mortgage n new car n well …. etc,,why should someone who has been convicted of a drug charges like that be offered ownership of a brand new home???? WOW,,,,I Know of alot more who are more deserving including MYSELF n MY 3 kids!!!! WOW!!!

Ferris
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..I saw the Durocher family picture in the paper..brought tears to my eyes..this family needs a good home..the children look happy and grateful..I could never take anything away from this family..makes me want to donate more..if I had nothing..I would turn to crime.

Reg Coffey
Member

Oh Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, you are never going to be invited to a Conservative function. I would say another but I don’t think Mr. Lauzon has ever invited you to anything.

Candice
Guest

As a mom of 5 kids who actually applied to Habitat this year and was refused based on not having established credit, I think that this is absolutely disgusting that they gave to this family when there were truly others who applied that were in dire need. To be refused based on my lack of credit(not bad credit) was a slap in the face when I work and not sit on my butt and collect from the system especially now knowing this. Shame on Habitat

Ferris
Guest
..how can you have 5 kids, a job, but no established credit..good or bad? borrow for a cheap car? ..no bank account? rent to pay? Cogeco bill?..who’s paying the monthly internet tab?..these are ways to help establish credit..you’ve had time to pump out 5 kids over the years and established no credit whatsoever? Good or bad? After my first summer job, Visa was dying to give me a credit card and I was a 17 year old kid..I went to University on a loan for 10 grand and managed to pay it off with the lowest monthly amounts due..after that,… Read more »
Carlie Reynolds
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Holy Eric Duncan!

The arrest was published in the local news: http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2011/05/05/police-blotter-may-5

mariah
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This family needs to be accountable for their actions & life of crime,yes these kids need a good home but so does so many others whose parents are law biding,hard working & just need a little help,house should go to another family or this very program could suffer

Monique Miles
Guest

Habitat for Humanity is a great organization. The people who brought and started Habitat in Cornwall were good hard working people with a desire to help. They did so much good its really a shame that this organization is now being miss managed. I applauded the fonders of Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley.

Ferris
Guest

I believe that the Durochers are paying their dues to the justice system…Mariah…You could take this home away from these children now? If so, you’re a colder person than I.

Candice
Guest
Sorry Ferris but I’m 28 and yes I have 5 kids…big deal…I also work and support my family and not take the easy route…There are far more deserving families who could have used the house to make a proper home for their children. Sorry I chose to not live in debt like most people today do. I am being responsible in making sure I have no debt. I have paid everything off and therefore have no credit now…Not that its any of your business but I now pay for everything with cash…Easier than having to worry about what I owe.… Read more »
Mike Bedard
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The family in question is not the problem! The problem is yet again no one will be held accountable for a major flaw! Congratulations to the Derocher family as for they qualified and were awarded something very special that will no doubt help their family in so many ways! I hope they find a way to give back and realize despite the negative spin this is something their family can still enjoy……if they want to…….people can only bother you if YOU let them! Yes, it takes thick skin but in this case ignorance is bliss! I notice the freeholder freely… Read more »
Donna
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Were s the humanity in slashing someone and presuming with your negative calculating a human. Does it empower your negative personality to slash someone Ferris to pass judgement. Who says your way is so reputable. I have a nursing degree, have owned a home and have pated my way for over 25 years aand supported andraised soley 4 wonderful children and do not have bad credit what i pay i pay with cash or i wait until i have the cash to purchase. I have credit cards but choose not to use them . So happy for you that gold… Read more »
cynthia
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the Habitant group is required to proceed in a professional manner and should have done their homework and not exposed this family to ridicule. i would have never known about the Durocher family if not for the article published in the SF & here. (the SF removed the hateful comments posted by readers) i wonder if the public would be fueled by the same anger if they had been charged for making moon shine. there are many families who deserve a home from Habitat for Humanity because all Canadian children deserve to grow up in a decent home. how quickly… Read more »
cynthia
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speeling error above Habitant – of course i meant Habitat not the soup! LOL

Ferris
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Wrong Donna…the gold platnium statment was written to show how easy it is to get a credit card these days..they’re dying to loan people money..as for the negative statements…read again..I believe it was Candice and Mariha who were throwing out negative comments towards Habitat for Humanity and the Durochers family…and of course yourself…you stated nothing about HFH or the Durochers..all you did was rant about Ferris..The Durochers get my support 100%..if people don’t like it…there will be another chance to apply…and don’t think your some kind of hero Donna..I’m a nurse..and I have 3 kids..I came from nothing and I… Read more »
Believe Me
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Have been reading this story & comments made / Yes it seems a
mistake was made / and now not everyone will be happy no matter whats done about it / perhaps as a start someone should just own up to a mistake having been made & see to it that it doesn’t happen again . It’s called stepping up to the plate .

billiam
Member

Donna, is your last name Durocher?

highlander
Guest
Believe Me ” perhaps as a start someone should just own up to a mistake having been made & see to it that it doesn’t happen again .” Yes in a dream world ,but like politicians society most often has very little accountability. Accountability by habitat to properly research the recipients as well as the Durocher family to disclose this information. Accountability by our Mp Guy Lauzon ,is it not a conflict of interest for him to be on habitats board no less having his brother as an employee? As well as previously owning the property to which habitat is… Read more »
Believe Me
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Highlander I suggest we wait and see about accountability , As Habitant board chair Wray Holmes must call the board together to attempt to clarify what has happened here & to openly inform the public . As Board Chair it is his duty to do so . Guy Lauzon and his wife are honorable people & yes it certainly appears a big error in judgement happened but so what most everyone makes mistakes The important part is to stand tall & own up if you’ve made one . People respect that .
Donna
Guest

No willie. It is not.

bigfellow
Guest

It seems that everybody is jumping the gun here. Why not wait and see what the Habitant board decides to do.
Hmmmm, possibility, the parents maybe going to jail,in the meantime, where are the children going to live?
It’s such a shame, that the children are being punished also because of the parents wrongdoing.

Wow!
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@Mike Bedard. Still a little guy with a big case of sour grapes.

Ferris
Guest

..I enjoy your posts wow..think some are hilarious..especially the thong post..however, Mike makes sense to me..I can come across as being very harsh sometimes when I blog..Mike’s more dignified on this one..my apologies, Donna..Candace.. Mariah..I’ll keep my cool on this one.

Sapphire
Guest
Nice that they get to live in a $150,000 home, of course they will need to put 500 hours of “sweat”. Big deal, I was a single mother and I had to work 3 jobs (60 hrs/wk) in order to buy a house of my own. No freebies here. This is another reason why I do not give to help these people out. They play the system, they use their children and the government just gives in and these poor children don’t have a choice of who their parents are. We’re they not concerned about their children’s health when they… Read more »
YoMama
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*I am not even toughing the legal and/or political aspect of this post but… It is so easy for everyone to judge a situation hastily, especially when they do not know all the important details. It is not easy to raise children, especially when you are young and have not had the opportunity to live as others have. Nobody is more ‘deserving’ because they think they are a better person then another. Financially some people are able to make it, some people have been taught from a young age to be financially dependent, or in most cases they have parents… Read more »
jules
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Sapphire said everything right including Donna and Candice. When you do not owe anybody you sleep at night without all the worries of who is going to knock on your door for collection or get tons of calls. What Ferris doesn’t realize is that those credit cards that he holds whether he uses them or not still goes against him when it comes to getting loans because they call it money already in his pocket. You ladies are absolutely right in waiting until you have the money to pay or do without. This is what got our world in a… Read more »
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