Hope House of St. Croix Valley was founded in 1991 by two St. Croix Valley residents, Teresa and Casey vanderBent. Their research on AIDS housing found that people living with AIDS were an almost invisible group receiving the least amount of services in Washington County and that Minnesotans with AIDS had few housing opportunities. In April 1991, a Board of Directors was formed, reflecting the organization's strong community support. Hope House of St. Croix Valley was incorporated on May 7, 1991 and was granted tax-exempt status on September 30, 1991.
The Board of Directors of Hope House determined in the fall of 1991 it's first priority was to build a new home or remodel an existing one. On March 24, 1992, the Hope House Board of Directors purchased a 2,600 square foot house from 218 W. Pine Partnership for $60,000. Hope House founders raised $15,000 and the remaining $45,000 was provided by an anonymous individual interested in promoting the building of additional AIDS housing in Minnesota. The house needed to be moved from its then present site to allow for expansion of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Stillwater.
In June 1992, the Board of Directors purchased a double lot located in Stillwater, on the corner of Everett and Cherry Streets, from Independent School District 834 for $25,515, on July 14, 1992, the house was moved onto the lot.
The building of Hope House was split into two projects. Andy Braden Construction was hired to build an addition. The second part of the building process was to remodel the existing house. The Board of Directors organized Saturday volunteer building crews that followed a "Habitat for Humanity" model. Most of the remodeling, and the finish work in the addition, was done by volunteer crews from local area chruches and the community. The costs of renovation and the addition were kept down while community ownership of the project was strenghtened. Many people and corporations donated materials, furniture and household items to Hope House. The construction process was completed on August 31, 1993. Hope House accepted its first resident in December, 1993.