Our Future Starts At Home Coalition joins Community-Led Housing Town Hall in Mankato

MANKATO – Representative Jeff Brand, Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad, and Saint Peter City Council Member Keri Johnson will join housing advocates, leaders, Mankato residents who have experienced housing insecurity, and neighbors to discuss strategies to improve our housing system and build momentum for statewide housing solutions. Our Future Starts At Home is driving the movement for an amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution to dedicate sustainable, predictable, and ongoing funding to real solutions to our housing crisis. The Coalition has been engaging with Minnesotans throughout our state, has received the endorsement of over 50 housing, faith, and community organizations, and has 27 authors in the Minnesota Legislature.

Minnesotans, no matter what we look like or where we come from, should all have a safe, stable place to call home. One in every four Minnesota families– a figure even higher in Mankato with nearly 8,000 residents of Blue Earth County alone– are forced to choose between paying for a roof over their heads and other basic needs like food and medicine. While significant, this crisis is solvable. The Mankato Area Housing Town Hall will bring together critical stakeholders to explore the issues, realities, and remedies.

This event is co-hosted by The Arc of MinnesotaHabitat for Humanity of South Central MinnesotaSouthwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, and the statewide Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP).

WHO: Representative Jeff Brand, Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad, Saint Peter City Council Member Keri Johnson, Our Future Starts At Home Coalition

WHERE: Blue Earth County Historical Society, 424 Warren St, Mankato, MN 56001

WHAT: Mankato Area Housing Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 5:30pm

Our Future Starts at Home is a coalition of over 50 housing, faith, and community groups across the state fighting for securing sustainable, predictable, and ongoing funding—an essential part of fixing Minnesota’s broken housing system. For more information, please visit www.OurHomesMN.org

Habitat, receives a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo to expand access to affordable homes in St Peter.

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded $15,000 in grants to Habitat South Central Minnesota to build a  home in St Peter. South Central MN is one of more than 230 Habitat for Humanity affiliates awarded grant funding nationwide through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program to help more low to moderate income families access affordable homes.

The grant to Habitat South Central MN along with the support of Wells Fargo volunteers will help build a home for a St Peter family.

On September 20th, Wells Fargo volunteers joined us on-site to help the family build their future home.

At least one in 3 households in South Central MN spend over 30% of their income on housing and the number of St Peter families who are struggling to afford rent is on the rise. This is why Wells Fargo funding is critical.

This funding is part of a $7.5 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program to build and repair more than 350 affordable homes nationwide.

Groundbreaking Good News for Affordable Homeownership in St Peter

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walton Family in St Peter!

📅Wednesday, August 16
⏰4 PM
📍2112 Nelson Street, St Peter
Want to learn more about Habitat and how to volunteer? Visit habitatscmn.org

Groundbreaking Good News for Affordable Homeownership in St Peter
Community members and neighbors are invited to the Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking celebration!

St Peter, MN— A St Peter family of four marks an important milestone in the construction of their new home, and the community is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration on August 16th at 4 pm, at 2112 Nelson Street, St Peter. The St Peter High School’s Building Trades Program has continued to partner with Habitat to meet the community’s need for affordable housing. The collaboration between Habitat and the Building Trades class allows for high schoolers to get hands-on building experience and an opportunity to participate in a project that has a lifelong impact on a Habitat family and the community.

Each year, the Building Trades class offers 12-18 students a rigorous and relevant hands-on learning curriculum that helps meet the community’s need for affordable housing. Habitat provides the building materials, and students build the home under the guidance of their teacher while they learn essential skills preparing them for occupations in the building trades.

The Walton family of four will be the 34th Habitat family in St Peter. Habitat is committed to continuing to offer families in St Peter the option to attain homeownership affordably. Families with access to affordable homeownership offer them a hand up, not a handout creating improved safety, child education attainment, and building generational wealth. The St Peter Building Trades teacher and students are a vital part of this mission.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the St Peter build? Visit habitatscmn.org.

Groundbreaking for Habitat’s She Nailed It Initiative

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barna Family in Eagle Lake!

📅Thursday, August 24
⏰3 PM
📍337 Falcon Run, Eagle Lake, MN
Want to learn more about Habitat and how to volunteer? Visit habitatscmn.org

Groundbreaking for Habitat’s She Nailed It Initiative is Good News for Affordable Homeownership in Eagle Lake

Community members and neighbors are invited to the Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking celebration!

Eagle Lake, MN— An Eagle Lake family of three marks an important milestone in the construction of their new home, and the community is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration on August 24, at 4 pm, at 337 Falcon Run, Eagle Lake, MN.

Habitat’s annual She Nailed It builds will propel this build forward. She Nailed It is part of the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build initiative to engage women in a passionate, positive environment building affordable homes that offer families strength and stability. Businesses interested in sponsoring this year’s women’s build are encouraged to habitatscmn.org.

The Barna family will be the 11th Habitat family in Eagle Lake. Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up, not a handout. Families and individuals needing a hand-up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Homeownership offers many benefits for families, communities, and local economies, and Habitat is excited to partner with the community of Eagle Lake to build more affordable homes.

Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Eagle Lake build? Visit habitatscmn.org.

Habitat for Humanity’s New Program Aimed at Helping Older Adults Age in Place

Local funding has been critical for the new program launch.

Mankato, MN (June 7, 2023) — Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota, with the support of generous funding partners, has launched a new program to support older low-income or fixed-income homeowners who wish to stay safely in the homes they own and love. As older adults age in their homes, they face home disrepair or safety concerns which may limit their daily activities and result in premature movement into assisted living or nursing homes. Home modifications make homes more accessible and safer to live independently at home. Habitat’s Aging in Place is the recipient of the City of Mankato Community Development Block Grant as well as a Greater Mankato Area United Way grant. This funding is critical to ensuring affordability for older adults.

We know that aging in place extends longevity and quality of life, and safe and stable housing and community networks are core to these outcomes. The need for Aging in Place programs work is immense: older Americans are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the county- by 2030, 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Yet, more than 19 million older adults live in homes that are in disrepair or ill-equipped to meet their needs safely.

Habitat’s Aging in Place partners with older adults to implement home repairs and modifications based on a sliding fee to ensure affordability. From simple projects like grab bars and tub cutouts to larger ones like ramps and door widening, Habitat is here to help everyone Age in Place by fostering livable homes.

More information can be found on Habitat’s website at habitatscmn.org.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Mankato build? Visit habitatscmn.org.

Contact:
Juliann Wiersma
Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota
507-388-2081
habitatscmn.org

Open House in Mankato

Join us for the open house of the newly constructed home in Mankato!
📅 June 15, 2023
⏲️ 3:30-4:30 pm
📍 160 Monks Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Want to learn more about Habitat and how to volunteers? Visit habitatscmn.org

Habitat’s Fiftieth Home is Completed in Mankato

Community members and neighbors are invited to an open house for the fiftieth Habitat for Humanity home in Mankato!

Mankato, MN— A Mankato family of four marks an important milestone in the construction of their new home, and the community is invited to join in an open house on June 15, 2023, from 3:30-4:30 pm at 160 Monks Ave.

The Ruiz family will be the fiftieth Habitat homeowner in Mankato. Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up, not a handout. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Homeownership offers many benefits for families, communities, and local economies, and Habitat is excited to partner with the community of Mankato to build more affordable homes.

Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Mankato build? Visit habitatscmn.org.

Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN to meet with MN congressional members about the need for affordable housing 

Washington DC, February 6, 2023— Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN (HFHSCMN) will join hundreds of local Habitat organizations and affordable housing advocates in-person this week for Habitat for Humanity’s annual legislative conference, Habitat on the Hill.

During the three-day, D.C.-based event, advocates will convene and meet with Congressional leaders to draw attention to and discuss actionable solutions to housing affordability challenges faced by rural, suburban, and urban communities across the nation. 

This year the conference is focused on themes highlighting advocacy for impact, with special emphasis on advancing Black homeownership and addressing the historic low supply of affordable homes.


HFHSCMN will meet with Brad Finstad, Tina Smith, and Amy Klobuchar to discuss federal solutions that will help increase access to affordable homeownership in every state including MN/South Central MN.

Sondra Herman, Executive Director of the HFHSCMN affiliate states, “Through our advocacy efforts, we’ve been successful in implementing the use of USDA Rural Development funds in the rural communities of our service area, but there is still more work to be done. We are calling on Congress to support the bipartisan Neighborhood Homes Investment Act and robust funding for vital housing and community development federal programs.”  “Through continued advocacy efforts, we hope to expand our programming locally to increase the positive impact on the communities and families we serve. Funds provided through the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, USDA Rural Development, and other federal programs can make a great impact on our ability to address the barriers to affordable housing that exist in our communities” says Herman.

Habitat Has Broken Ground for the 25th Time in Collaboration with the High School

Habitat Has Broken Ground for the 25th Time in Collaboration with the High School
Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation continue to support the Building Trades Class

St Peter, MN — Ground has been broken for the Habitat for Humanity and St Peter High School’s Building Trades Program as the new school year begins. Habitat for Humanity and the Building Trades class has been building homes to meet the community need for affordable housing for 25 years. The collaboration between Habitat and the Building Trades class allows for high schoolers to get hands on building experience and an opportunity to participate on a project that has a lifelong impact on a Habitat family and the community.

Each year, the Building Trades class offers 12-18 students a rigorous and relevant hands-on learning curriculum which helps meet the community need for affordable housing. Habitat provides the building materials and students build the home under the guidance of their teacher while they learn essential skills preparing them for occupations in the building trades.

Habitat is committed to continue to offer families in St Peter the option to attain homeownership affordably. Families with access to affordable homeownership offers them a hand up not a handout creating improved safety, child education attainment, and build generational wealth. The St Peter Building Trades teacher and students are a vital part of this mission. Generous financial partners including the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation continue to consistently support affordable housing in St Peter and the Building Trades class through this collaboration.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Mankato build? Visit habitatscmn.org.

Groundbreaking in Mankato

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ruiz Family in Mankato!
📅 August 10, 2022
⏲️ 3pm
📍 160 Monks Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Want to learn more about Habitat and how to volunteers? Visit habitatscmn.org

Habitat Fiftieth Groundbreaking is Good News for Affordable Homeownership in Mankato

Community members and neighbors are invited to the fiftieth Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking celebration!

Mankato, MN— A Mankato family of four mark an important milestone in the construction of their new home and the community is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration on August 10, 2022, at 3pm at 160 Monks Ave.

The Ruiz family will be the fiftieth Habitat homeowner in Mankato. Habitat for Humanity is a hand up not a handout. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Homeownership offers many benefits for families, communities, and local economies and Habitat is excited to partner with the community of Mankato to build more affordable homes.

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

About Habitat: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota has built 145 homes and 630 individuals in Blue Earth, Sibley, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties. Through shelter, we empower. Interested in donating or volunteering to support the Mankato build? Visit habitatscmn.org.