March is Women's History Month, and we're taking a brief look back at the history of homeownership among women!
Women’s homeownership began in 1718, when an act was passed allowing women to manage their properties while their husbands were at war. Little progress was made until the 1880s. At that time, laws were abolished that had kept women from being equal in their marriage or from owning any property. Nearly 100 years later in 1968, the Fair Housing Act was passed. This law prohibited discrimination against homebuyers, renters, and owners based on sex, race, and other qualities. Since then, women’s homeownership has grown. From 1990 to 2019, women’s homeownership rates have increased 10%, according to the Urban Institute.
This month, celebrate all that the women in your home and community do - and the strides that have been made towards making homeownership more accessible.
Would you like to help make safe, affordable housing accessible in Itasca County? Donate to or volunteer with Habitat, or learn more about our New Home program.
Itasca Habitat is showing its appreciation to the community by hosting a picnic for volunteers and ReStore shoppers. On Wednesday, August 25th, Habitat supporters are invited to enjoy a grilled lunch at Habitat’s offices while learning more about Habitat’s impact in the community. The Itasca ReStore will be open for extended hours and offering storewide sales throughout the day.
“We want to express our gratitude to those who make our work possible,” says Jamie Mjolsness, Habitat’s executive director. “We couldn’t build homes without volunteers, and customers make our mission possible by shopping at the ReStore, where funds are invested into building affordable housing in Itasca County.”
The event also offers a chance to meet Habitat’s current partner families, whose homes will be built during the 2021 build season.
Community members of all ages are invited to attend, even if they’ve never volunteered with Habitat or visited the ReStore. “It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about Habitat, and all the ways you can get involved,” says Mjolsness.
To learn more about Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and find ways to get involved, visit itascahabitat.org or call 218-999-7570.
There are some common misconceptions that might prevent people from volunteering with us. Here, we address certain myths - and hopefully, make it clear that anyone is welcome to volunteer with Habitat!
Myth: You need to have construction experience to volunteer.
Fact: You don’t need to have construction experience to volunteer! We welcome volunteers of all abilities and skill levels - and we’ll teach you everything you need to know! In fact, volunteering with Habitat is a great way to learn new skills.
Myth: Helping build a home is the only way to volunteer with Habitat.
Fact: Working on the build site is just one of many ways to give your time! We also need
volunteers to help out in the ReStore, provide meals, work on home preservation projects, help us plan events, and more. Check out our list of volunteer roles to see if there’s something that appeals to you. If you have an idea for a volunteer project, role, or activity that’s not on our website, let us know! We welcome anyone who would like to share their expertise and ideas.
Myth: Habitat only builds in the summer.
Fact: We do a lot of building over the summer months, when it’s warm enough to have
construction crews working outside, but we need volunteers year-round. Our builds usually go well into the winter, and we also need volunteers for home preservation projects and the ReStore in every season.
Myth: Volunteering is a long-term commitment.
Fact: Volunteers can help as much or as little as they want! Whether you want to join us
for one afternoon of building or return every week, we’re happy to welcome you to the Habitat community.