Habitat Announces New Build Season

Volunteers are all smiles on last year’s build site!

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) will construct two homes in Fargo-Moorhead during the 2013 build season. The first home, located at 707 17th Street N in Moorhead, was started in May. The second home located at 418 22nd Street S in Fargo is scheduled to begin construction in July.

The first house located in Moorhead is a single family home primarily sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a family with seven members. This will mark the 13th home built by Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity as part of the Thrivent Builds program. Thrivent Financial has contributed more than $1 million dollars since the organization began partnering with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in 2004.

LAHFH Family Selection committee chose to partner with a family of seven for the home in Moorhead. A veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Social Security disability insurance and his fiancé along with their 5 kids, 3 with special needs, hope to move into the home this fall.

“The family is working with Lake Agassiz Habitat for an opportunity to purchase a home so that they can provide their family with a stable and secure environment. They are working toward completing their 250 sweat equity hours as required by Habitat for partner families,” said Executive Director Rob Rich.

The second house located in Fargo is a single family home and the primary sponsor is Wells Fargo. “This is the first LEED home Habitat will build in North Dakota. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy Environmental Design and focuses on energy efficiency and minimizes exposure to toxins and pollutants,” said Rich.

LAHFH family selection committee decided to partner with a family with two adults and five children. The family has one child with a sensory issue which would benefit significantly from having a stable, secure environment. The second home is expected to be completed in late September. This is the 48th family served in the area and will be the 47th house completed by LAHFH.

Both homes are approximately 1,600 square foot with six bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cost of the houses range between $128,000 to $133,000 for Habitat to build. Corporate sponsors and donations pay for the building materials. Volunteers, including the partner families, build the homes. The families are required to pay the cost of home through a zero percent interest mortgage over 30 years. The money Habitat receives from the mortgages help the organization continue to build future homes.

Additional volunteer and home sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2013 build season and donations to close a funding gap are welcome. Anyone interested in making a financial contribution can go the LAHFH website at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org or send a check to PO Box 1022, Moorhead, MN 56560.