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Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota, Inc.

A livable place to call home. Affordable housing for low income families - Habitat for Humanity gives a hand up, not a hand out.

You can help people like Abby. Abby is a single mother of two children, Corbin and Ahna. They have been renting a place in St. Peter for 3 years now. Abby's children told her one day that they never want to move again. After hearing this, Abby decided to fill out an application for a Habitat home and her family is now on their way to living in a permanent house. Contribute to Habitat for Humanity to help families like Abby’s fulfill their dreams of home ownership.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore supports our mission of building affordable homes with and for low-income families. All profits from the ReStore go towards our mission. The current ReStore has outgrown its present location and needs to expand. By expanding we can build even more homes, divert more building materials from area landfills and provide community residents with affordable materials to upgrade their homes.

Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota has chapters in Mankato/ North Mankato, St. Peter/ Henderson, Le Sueur, and Watonwan County. The affiliate was granted the official affiliate status on July 1, 1990. St. Peter joined the affiliate in 1993. The Le Sueur/ Henderson Chapter began in 1996. As of 2014, our affiliate has completed 107 homes, with 63 in Mankato, St. Peter 23, Le Sueur 10, Watonwan 7 and 4 in New Prague. On average, the affiliate builds six to eight homes per year. There are over 1 million people living in Habitat homes worldwide. It is definitely working!  

Habitat builds houses along with families who demonstrate a need for affordable housing, the ability to pay, and a willingness to partner. Habitat does not give away homes. All applicants are required to provide employment references and allow credit checks and rental verification. Once the application is approved, a family must work 200-400 hours of "sweat equity" and attend classes designed to prepare them for home ownership.

The concept of "sweat equity" remains central to the Habitat philosophy of home ownership. Applicants are required to invest their own time and labor in building Habitat homes, which demonstrates their willingness and ability to assume financial responsibility. Only then do they take ownership of a new home and begin making full and timely payments on their interest-free, 30-year mortgage. Habitat offers qualified families a "hand up", not a "hand out".

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