Habitat for Humanity house sees new life

Members of Habitat for Humanity of Redwood River, Inc., the community and the family and friends of Rachel and Ryan Blaue gathered for the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity house on Ninth Avenue NW in Pipestone. The Blaues were selected to participate in the program, giving the an affordable home ownership opportunity. S. Martinez

The Habitat for Humanity house on Ninth Avenue N.W. in Pipestone has new life and a new family to call it home. On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity of Redwood River, Inc.  dedicated the revitalized home to Rachel and Ryan Blaue of Pipestone. Habitat board members, community members, family and friends of the Blaue’s gathered in the home for the dedication.

“We can’t thank you guys enough, you’re amazing” Ryan Blaue said.

“It has been an overwhelming experience of joy,” Rachel Blaue said.

Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals and families in the region to build or remodel homes, providing an affordable homeownership opportunity, said John Tramm, the executive director for the organization.

“Homeowners typically pay an affordable mortgage to Habitat, typically at 0% interest,” Tramm said.

Candidates for homeownership go through an application process, and final candidates interview with the Habitat board before the board makes a final decision, Tramm said.

Candidates are assessed based upon four criteria: demonstrated need for housing, willingness to partner with Habitat for construction work on the home we call ‘sweat equity,’ an ability to pay an affordable mortgage based off of a reasonably good credit history and steady income, and candidates need to live or work in Pipestone County for at least one year, Tramm said.

Houses are rehabilitated on the inside, outside or like the house on Ninth Avenue N.W. a full rehabilitation was done on the interior or exterior. The work was made possible by several factors, Tramm said.

“US Bank provided a $5,000 grant to help with project costs,” he said. “Funds were also provided from other donations to Habitat, profits generated from the Marshall ReStore, and from existing Habitat homeowner principal payments.”

The home was built by the Southwest Habitat for Humanity in 2004. When the previous Habitat homeowner was unfortunately unable to keep the home, it was purchased back through foreclosure in July of 2020, Tramm said. Now that the work is done and a new family is in the home, Tramm said the board is very thankful for all those who volunteered their time, funds and skills to the project.

“We are a community-based 501.3C organization,” he said. “We serve our community through the support of individuals and organizations in our community.”

If you would like to support the Habitat Humanity of Redwood River Inc., visit their website at www.hfhmarshall.org.