A world where EVERYONE has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Lake Agassiz Habitat
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. LAHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
We partner with local businesses, churches and volunteers to help build homes with qualifying families. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Most importantly, partner families play a large role in the building of the home. They invest 250 hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others. They also make income-based mortgage payments which go into a fund that is used to build more houses.
With the generous support of donors and volunteers LAHFH has made a lasting and meaningful impact in our community by helping local families realize their dreams of home-ownership and furthering Habitat’s goal of simple, decent and affordable housing.
All are welcome
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity has 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. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat 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. About Habitat for Humanity International Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
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After volunteers and the future homeowners work side-by-side to build the home, Habitat sells the home to a pre-qualified family using an income-based mortgage. Payments are set below 30% of each family’s monthly income to ensure long-term affordability. Because Habitat acts as the lender, 100% of the mortgage principal payments return to Habitat to help build more homes.
Meet our current board members
Our Board of Directors meets once a month. Board members are selected both for their commitment to the mission of HFH and to represent the entire community. The Board consists of representatives from the faith community, local universities, non-profit organizations, and community businesses, as well as public and private sector housing professionals. The Board meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month.
Ove Hatlevoll – Restore Supervisor
Brad Poitra – ReStore Floor Supervisor
Anna Poitra – ReStore Associate
Lake Agassiz Habitat
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity was started in 1991 by Phil Holtan, the campus pastor at Concordia College. The first home built was dedicated to the family on January 19, 1992. In the early years of LAHFH, there was no full-time staff, the Board of Directors and other dedicated volunteers took it upon themselves to make the dream of homeownership a reality for many families. LAHFH did, and still does, rely heavily on the support of the community to succeed.
In 2006 the Habitat ReStore opened its doors. The ReStore not only offsets the costs of operating the organization, but also diverts over a million pounds of reusable materials from local landfills every year.
Since the first home was built in 1992, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity has been able to build 63 homes locally and 37 internationally through our tithing program.
Through the commitment and dedication of volunteers, businesses, congregations, community organizations and staff, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will continue to serve families for years to come.