New partnership will build 11 affordable homes in Saint Charles, MN

ST CHARLES, Minn. (WKBT) — More than a year’s work from many different partners will yield 11 new affordable homes in Minnesota, according to a release from Habitat For Humanity serving Winona County.

The new homes will be located at the South Fork Fourth addition land in the City of St Charles. City officials designated that area as a TIF district as development incentive. The former landowners — the Southeast Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) — sought a developer to use the land for affordable housing. Habitat For Humanity stepped into that role and with the help of the Winona County Board designating ARPA funding, are able to bring this large-scale development to life.

“This partnership is a model for the future of affordable housing,” said SEMMCHRA Executive Director Buffy Beranek. “We will look back on this partnership as a benchmark for creating affordable housing to build positive economic impact from combined local support in communities across southeastern Minnesota.”

Applications for homes are already being taken. Qualified applicants earn less than 60% of the area median income by family size and have a demonstrated need for affordable housing.

Habitat For Humanity will host three informational sessions for interested applicants who have questions:

  • St Charles Elementary School Library – 4 p.m. October 18
  • St Charles City Hall Community Library – 1 p.m. November 19
  • St Charles Public Library – 4 p.m. December 1

The first two of 11 homes begin construction in 2023.