In 1988, eight St. Cloud citizens who were concerned about the lack of decent, affordable housing in the area applied to start a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International to serve the needs of families in Central Minnesota. In 1989 we were granted affiliate status and we began the construction of our first Habitat home in St. Cloud. Our first Partner Family purchased the home in 1990.
Since then, we have sold houses to 86 families – about 2/3 of them with children – in homes of their own. Additionally, we have helped fund more than 92 homes in Costa Rica, Paraguay, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
We have experienced continuous growth, and are always trying to increase our capacity to serve more families in the four-county area.
About HFH International
Since it’s founding in 1976, Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) has been a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry, open to all people with a mission of eliminating poverty housing across the globe and making simple, decent, affordable shelter for all people a priority for everyone.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Its vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
HFHI and it’s affiliates have built or remodeled more than 800,000 homes, housing more than 4 million people in nearly 100 countries. To learn more about HFHI, visit their website.
HFHI and it’s affiliates are “a hand up, not a handout.” We purposefully work in partnership with deserving families, who also contribute to the organizations in a number of ways. Selected families not only pay back their no-interest loan, but each adult in the Partner Family must also work 200 hours of “sweat equity” in order to purchase a home.
For more information on who qualifies or how to apply for a home with CMHFH, please visit the homeownership section of our website.
All Are Welcome
HFHI and CMHFH have an open-door policy: all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serve people in need of decent housing regardless of those distinctions.
As a matter of policy, HFHI and its affiliates do not proselytize. This means we will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.