Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Minnesota marked a major milestone Dec. 20 with the dedication of the 2,000th Habitat for Humanity home in Minnesota, located at 3317 Texas Ave. S. in St. Louis Park.
The celebration kicked off with speeches from the 2,000th Habitat homeowners, Ali Omar and Amina Mise, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and support organization Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
The 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.
Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Impact Study concluded:
• Habitat partner families experienced a 40 percent reduction in use of government assistance programs.
• Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they felt better about their children’s future.
• More than 50 percent of homeowners said they had either started or completed a higher education program or were planning to start.
Habitat affiliates’ service areas cover more than 95 percent 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 zero percent interest mortgage and add to the economy by paying millions of dollars in property taxes each year.