Habitat for Humanity seeks applicants as well as lots, homes to rehabilitate

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified applicants for housing, as the organization looks to build or rehabilitate homes in the Elk River area.

The organization will host two public informational meetings Thursday, Feb. 7 in Elk River for people interested in buying an affordable house.

The meetings are at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Elk River Library, 13020 Orono Parkway. In 30 minutes, participants will learn what Habitat does, who qualifies and how to apply.

Angie Thaxton, family services director at Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity in St. Cloud, said the meetings are the start of the latest application round for Habitat’s home ownership program. Three other similar meetings are also planned in St. Cloud and Cold Spring; attending one of the five meetings is the only way get an application to be considered for a Habitat home.

Once a list of qualified applicants is produced, Habitat for Humanity will take steps to meet those needs.

The organization is looking for lots or foreclosed homes that can be renovated, Thaxton said.

“We’re looking for whatever we could get at an affordable rate or donated to us,” she said. “The more families that we get for that area, the more property that we would need.”

She said Habitat is looking to increase its presence in the Elk River area. In the past three Habitat for Humanity homes have been built in Elk River and a handful in Big Lake. Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity serves a four-county area including Sherburne, Wright, Benton and Stearns.

For details, call 320-656-8890, ext. 103; go to www.cmhfh.org; or visit Habitat’s Events tab on Facebook.