Maria Street had an additional incentive for relocation. By the early 1900s, a building project was developed by Gaffeny and Casselman. The aim was to create a co-operative housing and employment plan whereby each resident would buy a house on the street and would commit hours of labour to build others. In exchange, the buyers would be provided with jobs at a new needleworks being built nearby.
text source, Ontario Jewish Archives.
Joseph Alexandroff describes how many immigrant Jewish families came to live on Maria Street because of housing incentives. Interviewer: Diana Fancher. Ontario Jewish Archives, July 17, 1987, Oral History #AC-199.
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