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Construction Technology and Habitat on TV News

NEWS 8000 TV: Habitat Winona-Fillmore, Minn. State College join to build homes, train construction students

by Mike Tighe, June 2, 2021

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) -- Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties and Minnesota State College Southeast are teaming up to help ease a serious affordable housing shortage in the Winona area.

The nonprofit and the college are collaborating to build one new rural home a year for a qualified Habitat for a  Humanity home buyer. The construction work will be the lab for MSC Southeast Construction Technology students....Habitat for Humanity and MSC Southeast representatives who are approaching the community for an initial investment of $250,000 announced that Jerry and Pat Papenfuss have provided a lead gift of $100,000 to kick it off. Read the full story

Correction: The donation should be credited to the Papenfuss Family Fund of the Winona Community Foundation.

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WXOW TV: Habitat for Humanity needs more investments and volunteer builders to increase affordable housing in Winona County 

By Marcus Aarsvold, June 3, 2021

WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) - People who need financial help to build a home through Habitat for Humanity are looking for affordable housing--not a free handout.

"Habitat homeowners help with the work and they pay for the building," Winona-Fillmore Habitat for Humanity executive director Amanda Hedlund said. "There is no free house with Habitat because this program is a hand-up not a handout."

...Habitat for Humanity partnered with Minnesota State College Southeast to build a house for one Winona family.

"Everything you see here was done by my students so that's a really cool part of the program to be able to see something from the ground up," MSC construction technologies instructor Jon Powell said. "The really cool part about construction is you can physically see what you do at the end of the day if you're building walls, or sheeting walls, or pouring concrete you can actually physically see the transformation at the end of the day."

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