(Alexandria MN) -- Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is proud to announce its top 10 ranking among 518 small affiliates across the nation based on five year construction trends for new, rehabbed, and recycled homes. Small affiliates are defined by a geographic service area of less than 50,000 people.
Executive Director, Lori Anderson, shared, “We are very proud to be ranked in the top ten small affiliates! This community has really rallied alongside families in need of affordable housing. So many people have stepped up to donate, volunteer, and build homes. I think this designation also shows the need for the Habitat home ownership program in Douglas County, where over 50% of renters are spending more than 30% of their income on housing.”
Habitat Douglas County has a strategic plan to serve at least three families per year through the home ownership program, and at least fifty families by the year 2020 through the Aging in Place program.
“Our primary goal has always been to make a lasting impact for families through safe, affordable housing. We are always looking to grow and improve to ensure that we remain a top ten affiliate for years to come!” said Lori Anderson.
As the number of families served per year increases, so does the importance of innovative fundraising. To help meet this need, Habitat Douglas County is looking to grow their team by adding a Director of Development. More information is available on their website at https://hfhdouglascounty.org/get-involved/employment.html.
Habitat wants to thank the Douglas County community for supporting 79 families over the last 21+ years!
About Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built or renovated 79 houses throughout Douglas County. In addition, HFHDC has served 75 international families through their tithe gifts.
Homeowner families are selected according to established criteria: need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build or renovate affordable housing. Partner families purchase the homes from Habitat with affordable mortgages. Volunteers provide most of the labor. Tax deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations, churches, foundations and businesses.