The City of North St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) broke ground for the tenth single family student-built home in North St. Paul. The City of North St. Paul, Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center, and Saint Paul College Cabinetmaking Program have partnered to help build and remodel homes since 2009. The homes that are constructed are designed to complement existing homes within the neighborhood, and are sold at market value.
The unique partnership allows an opportunity to improve the City's housing stock and add to the tax base. It also gives high school students the opportunity to explore career paths in the construction and building trades. Students work side-by-side with instructors and contractor preparing them for the working world, a stepping stone for one of the nation’s largest industries.
High school students enrolled in the 916 Construction Occupation Careers Program will construct a house from start to finish at 2046 1st Street in the 2018/2019 school year.
The program has been well-received in neighborhoods throughout North St. Paul.