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Wanted: Lot for Habitat house in Wadena

A family has been selected to receive a new home, but a lot is not easily found.

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The Guevara family includes parents Pedro and Kim and daughters Kaylyn (8) and Angel Lea (15).
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WADENA — Since announcing that a family was selected to have a Habitat for Humanity home built in Wadena, the support has been pouring in, according to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kevin Pelkey.
But one very important piece of the puzzle is missing. A place to build.
"The responsiveness of the community has been very outpouring, and generous, and exciting ... but I need a build site," Pelkey said anxiously.
Pelkey said the warm reception has been very welcome, and he hopes that help will continue to come in in order to help locate a buildable lot. It's very uncommon in his experience to be at a loss of buildable sites in the communities they serve.
"Highly unusual in our four county service area," Pelkey said. "There is scarcity in Wadena."
That's a good thing from the standpoint that Wadena has been filling up lots with new buildings. But not having much for options is making this process difficult. And it's preventing Wadena from growing.
The Guevara family has a desire to remain in the city limits of Wadena. They have family here and its desirable to remain here as Kim Guevara's battle with MS progresses. The lot needs to be buildable with services available at the site. It could be that a private owner has a lot that they'd be willing to sell to make this happen. An oncoming housing development in Folkestad's East Addition is moving ahead, but at this point still has no infrastructure for much of the newly planned lots.

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"We are still needing help identifying that one lot that somebody might have that we could explore," Pelkey said.

About the Guevaras

Pedro works full time with Jennie-O. Kim (Landwehr) is a lifelong Wadena resident, who was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) a few years ago. This disease is progressing and the family needs a place where Kim can navigate the home without many tripping hazards. Their new home is planned to be one-level living.

In other recent Habitat news, the keys were recently handed over to a family in their new Habitat for Humanity home in Sebeka.

If you’d like to get involved in this project, or have a lot to sell, contact Pelkey at kevin.pelkey@lakesareahabitat.org or 218-828-8517.


If you are in need of stable housing, consider applying for a Habitat For Humanity House at  https://www.habitat.org/housing-help/apply

He's a writer, editor, photographer, truth seeker and promoter of the Wadena area.
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