Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Minnesota will mark a major milestone Thursday, December 20 with the dedication of the 2,000th home located at 3317 Texas Ave in St. Louis Park. Itasca County Habitat for Humanity is among the 32 Habitat affiliates statewide that have made this milestone possible, having built 34 houses since its founding in 1992.
The milestone 2,000th Habitat home represents the steady increase in Habitat for Humanity’s scale and scope to help more families in need of decent, affordable housing. In 2003, the 32 Minnesota Habitat for Humanity affiliates celebrated building the 1,000th home. Now in 2012, we are celebrating 2,000 homeowners who have a safe, affordable place to call home; a home that provides stability in the lives of over 8,500 individuals and a hand up to families all across Minnesota.
The impact of serving 2,000 Habitat partner families has been quite significant. We know that decent shelter has a transformational, long-term impact on individual families and entire communities. Habitat partner families report improved health, greater educational attainment and job prospects, decreased dependency on welfare programs, and an increased personal sense of connectedness to their family and community. We know this thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota’s Homeowner Impact Study:
- Habitat partner families experienced a 40% reduction in use of government assistance programs.
- 88% of respondents said they feel better about their children’s future.
- Over 50% of homeowners said they had either started or completed a higher education program or were planning to start.
Wyatt, Amanda & Keagan’s Home Dedication & Blessing May 2012
Rusty & his family’s Home Dedication & Blessing December 2012
Lori & Sophia’s Home Dedication & Blessing September 2012
Tracie & her family’s Home Dedication & Blessing June 2012
Habitat’s impact extends beyond our partner families to include the communities in which we build. Habitat affiliates’ service areas cover over 95% of the state of Minnesota. These 2,000 homes are located throughout the state and have an estimated current market value of $250 million. Habitat partner families purchase their homes from Habitat for Humanity with a 0% interest mortgage and add to the economy by paying millions of dollars in property taxes each year.
We would like to thank you for all the contributions you have made in our community that have helped Habitat reach this milestone achievement!