ROCHESTER, Minn.- Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity and Homes for All Minnesota held a "Lunch with Legislators and Leaders" at Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity's current construction project. They invited legislators to come see the work in progress at the house and talk about the need to address affordable housing.
"Why do we have so many people who cannot afford just a basic place to live? Well, it's because of what's going on in our economy," said Minnesota Representative Tina Liebling at the event. "The fact that over many years, jobs have not paid enough for people to actually live. Wages have not gone up, but the cost of living, especially the cost of housing, has gone up."
RAHFH usually purchases empty lots to build new houses on. However, with the help of Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, they were able to find and purchase a property with an existing house at an affordable price. Upon closer inspection, they discovered the foundation of the house was not salvagable.
They are currently in the process of tearing down the house so they can they build a new one in it's place. This is the first time RAHFH has deconstructed a house.
Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity's construction manager Brian Wimmer calls the demolition "an opportunity" for volunteers to learn more about the remodeling process.
The new house is expected to be completed sometime early next year. RAHFH also has construction plans drawn up to begin a house in Clermont this year.