Changing Lives

The impact study done by Habitat Minnesota in 2012. This video shows the impact Habitat for Humanity has across the state using the results from the 2012 Homewoner Impact Pilot Study with interviews conducted with homewoners.

This video was created in 2012 to celebrate the more than 2,000 families in Minesota whose lives where changed by Habitat for Humanity; families who no longer live in poverty housing, and children who now have a safe, decent place to call home. 

Now Accepting Applications for Homeownership in North St. Louis County

North St. Louis County is currently accepting applications for the homeownership program. There is no waiting list! Two families are needed for the 2015 building season.

You or someone you know may qualify to own an affordable, energy efficient and safe home.

Families are selected on three criteria: 

- Need for Housing

- Willingness to be a Partner

- Ability to Repay an Affordable Mortgage.

More details on selection criteria can be found under the "Changing Lives" - homeownership link on this website.

Please consider encouraging someone you know who needs the hand up and live changing help that a stable home can provide.

Simply give us a call at 218-749-8910 or toll free at 866-749-8910 to get the application process started!

Photo:  The Paschke family signs the Mortgage of their new home!

Habitat For Humanity in North St. Louis County, Minnesota welcomes you!

New partner family: The Anderson-Carlsness Family

Kaylen Anderson and Brandon Carlsness have been recently selected to partner with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity (NSLCHFH) for the 2015 building season. The Ely, MN Habitat for Humanity home building project is scheduled to start in the summer of 2015.

Kaylen and Brandon are no strangers to the ups and downs of life. However, their story really starts after moving to Ely to surround themselves with the positive influences in their lives that the community has to offer. 

After moving to Ely, Kaylen and Brandon met and started their family. Like other families who have partnered with NSLCHFH, their current living conditions are not ideal. For a while the family of three was living in a small, one bedroom HRA apartment but since then they have moved in to Kaylen’s mom’s home. “It’s a nice house,” said Kaylen, “but it’s not ours. We need to have a place to call our own and raise our family.”

Because Kaylen and Brandon met the Habitat criteria to partner with Habitat, their friend, Debbie Hultman, encouraged them to apply for a Habitat home. They had applied for the Habitat program the year before but were turned down and encouraged to fix some things on their application and to reapply. With Debbie’s encouragement and some work on their credit they decided to apply once more.

The day they founded out that they were selected as a Habitat partner family is a day they will never forget. Brandon said that he had a feeling all day that they were going to get some form of good news. Kaylen said she cried when she got the phone call. “You don’t know what this means to us,” she said as she recalled the delivery of the good news, “we will finally have a place for our family!”

Kaylen and Brandon are excited to get the process started; to finally have a place to call their own where they can create memories and a place where their family can grow. What they are really excited about, though, is the fact that when they make their monthly mortgage payment, that money will go back to Habitat to help others build their homes as well. “When you are given an amazing opportunity,” Kaylen said, “you shouldn’t take advantage of it but make the most of it and pass it on to others.”

Welcome to the Habitat family Anderson-Carlsness family! 


2014 Building Season

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To see what's happening at Habitat this week click here!

We are currently working with five families in partnership to provide them with affordable home opportunities! The 2014 building season well under way. This year we are building with the Kinnunen family in Tower, the England-Thompson family in Virginia, the Wallace family in Mt. Iron, and the Tupa family in Hibbing. We are also working on putting the finishing touches in our new office and warehouse space.

Get involved with these projects and check out the current projects link to find out what's happening and for volunteer opportunities.

To find out how you as an individual can help please call the office at the Habitat office at 866-749-8910. You can also organize a group from your church, business civic group or family and friends!

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is working to have a meaningful presence on the web to stay more connected with our supporters. Please look for information to be posted regularly about NSLCHFH as we move to build more homes and hope in northern Minnesota! Check out our facebook page and "like" us at: