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Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 2,000th home in Minnesota

St. Louis Park home marks the milestone.

The 2,000th Habitat for Humanity home in Minnesota will be dedicated Thursday in St. Louis Park.

The nonprofit group says it uses volunteers and donations to build homes at low cost and then sells them to low-income families, who make a down payment and take out a no-interest mortgage and invest hundreds of hours of labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

The group says its studies show the home program makes a big impact on families:

  • Habitat partner families experienced a 40 percent reduction in use of government assistance programs.
  • 88 prcent of respondents said they feel 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.

Minnesota has 33 locally formed and governed Habitat for Humanity affiliates.