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Habitat For Humanity Expansion Plans

January 28, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Habitat For Humanity Expansion Plans

Not everyone can afford to buy a new home.  But Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity has been helping families own their own home for years.   Now with its new capital campaign, the organization is expanding its facilities in order to help even more people achieve the American dream.

Habitat for Humanity will soon break ground for a 20,000 square foot facility.

"The need, as identified by lots of different groups in this community, is affordable housing," Sioux Falls Habitat For Humanity executive director Sue Olsen said.

Olsen says its mission has always been to build affordable homes and that commitment will get a boost thanks to this new $1.4 million structure.

The new facility will be attached to the westside of the Restore in north Sioux Falls. It will free up space for the organization to take in more donated household items to resell, but that's not all.

"In this expansion, the additional profits from the Restore will help us fund additional builds and the additional square footage in the warehouse will help us do year around construction activity," Olsen said. 

Because in South Dakota, the weather is often the enemy and has always limited how many homes can be built.  

Right now, Sioux Falls Habitat For Humanity builds about 10 homes a year, but the new facility will allow it to expand that to 15 homes.

Each year, close to 100 families come forward saying they need a home and often times the need is immediate.

"The tough news is Habitat doesn't work that fast, so my heart breaks for people who have immediate housing needs, but can't afford to spend a year, year and a half it takes to walk through our program to own a home," Olsen said.

Thanks to the new facility, some won't have to wait that long.

To learn more about the project and how you can help donate, click here.

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