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Habitat for Humanity will break ground on its 1st home in Harmony April 12

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
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HARMONY, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore County is pleased to announce the start of its 47th home. The 1,400-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Harmony will be purchased by Bryna Kohn and her three children, Dyllon, Devan, and Dolten.

Community members are invited to join us at 5:15 p.m. on April 12th for a brief groundbreaking ceremony at 165 Niagara Court, Harmony to mark the beginning of this great partnership between the Kohn family and the local Habitat affiliate.

“We are so happy that we can celebrate the start of the first house in Harmony. The Harmony Steering Committee has been working hard over the past two years anticipating this day. Through their work the Habitat affiliate was able to purchase the property to build an energy efficient, affordable home in Harmony,” said Megan Grebe, Fillmore County Coordinator.

Habitat for Humanity builds with Insulated Concrete Forms, a concrete-and-foam wall system that results in a very air tight, very well insulated home. Inside the walls, the homes incorporate energy efficient appliances, low-allergen flooring, and low-flow plumbing fixtures; all in addition to a rigorous homeowner education process that includes home maintenance and energy conservation.

As a result, third party testing found each home to be 50 percent more efficient than a standard new home! Habitat homeowners in similar homes built by Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties have seen an annual utility savings up to $400 over the MN average!

To qualify for a Habitat home, families must currently live in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conventional loan from a bank, have the resources to pay a monthly mortgage and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Before moving into a Habitat home, families must contribute 300 hours of “sweat-equity” to the building of the home and must make a modest down payment.

Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties built its first home in Winona County in 1994. Since then, forty-four homes have been built. In addition to the twenty-five homes within the city of Winona, Habitat has built homes in Lewiston, St. Charles, Minnesota City, Altura, Stockton, and Rushford.

Volunteers interested in helping with Habitat for Humanity projects or offering donations may call the Habitat for Humanity–Fillmore County office at 507-459-4199 or visit our website at www.habitatwinonafillmore.org.

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