The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.
• More than 900 families have purchased TCHFH homes since 1985. We build or rehab 55+ homes (single-family, twin or multi-unit) each year. Hundreds of families apply for homes annually.
• Homebuyer requirements: ability to pay Habitat’s 0% interest mortgage, 300-500 hours of “sweat equity”, completion of homeownership classes, a willingness to partner with TCHFH.
• Homebuyer income must be between 30%-50% of area median. TCHFH’s median family earns $35,500/year and has 5 people living in each home.
• A Neighborhood Family Partner helps each homebuyer with the transition to homeownership.
• TCHFH’s foreclosure rate is under 1% thanks to diligent work in selecting and preparing families.
• TCHFH is in the midst of a $36M “A World of Hope: It Starts at Home” campaign to respond to the foreclosure crisis by building or rehabbing 730 homes and serving 5,200 families by 2013. More than $24M has been raised toward the campaign goal.
• TCHFH is committed to revitalizing neighborhoods hit hardest by foreclosure, with current efforts focused in North Minneapolis, St. Paul’s East Side and the Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood of St. Paul.
A Brush with Kindness Program (ABWK)
• ABWK provides free painting, landscaping and repairs to low-income homeowners struggling to maintain their homes. Priority is given to elderly, disabled and single-parent households.
• AWBK serves more than 125 local homeowners each year. More than 1,200 homeowners have been helped since TCHFH started ABWK in 1998.
• The ABWK program has been replicated by more than 225 Habitat affiliates worldwide.
Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program (MFPP)
• MFPP serves homeowners facing foreclosure by providing free financial reviews and referrals. It puts hundreds of homeowners each year on a path towards housing and financial stability.
• MFPP is open to all Minneapolis residents and is the largest such program in the city.
• Since the program began in 1993, it has served more than 5,000 local homeowners.
• The MFPP offices are in the Urban League building at 2100 Plymouth Ave. N in Minneapolis.
Habitat Advocates, Educates, and Engages
• TCHFH is constantly working with a broad spectrum of community partners to eliminate poverty housing and educate the public on affordable housing issues.
• Habitat on the Hill – Minnesota is our annual lobbying day at the State Capitol. The next one is April 17, 2012.
• TCHFH hosted the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in October, 2010. Work was done on 26 homes during the week as affordable housing issues took center stage in the Twin Cities.
• 23 AmeriCorps members work for TCHFH learning construction and non-profit management skills.
• More than 23,000 people volunteer with TCHFH annually (270+ on the busiest construction days).
• We educate the public and our supporters through the Housing Matters! and Build, Think, Act programs.
• Over 8,000 individuals, congregations, corporations and foundations make annual financial gifts.
• TCHFH tithes 10% of all undesignated donations to build Habitat homes abroad. We are the #1 tithe affiliate in the world. Our current tithe partners are Mozambique, Costa Rica and Haiti.
The ReStore Retail Outlet
• The ReStore sells donated construction material at discounted prices to help fund TCHFH projects.
• Retailers, contractors and private citizens donate cabinets, carpeting, tile, countertops, doors, flooring, furniture, lighting, lumber, plumbing, siding, sinks, toilets, vanities, windows and more.
• The ReStore keeps tons of building materials out of local landfills each year.
• The store is located at 510 County Rd. D West in New Brighton, MN 55112. Phone: 612-588-3820
Sustainable Development and Green Building Practices
• TCHFH is an ENERGY STAR partner and member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
• Habitat is the largest nonprofit builder and fourth largest builder overall of ENERGY STAR homes in the Minnesota. To-date, TCHFH has built over 215 ENERGY STAR homes.
• TCHFH has completed 8 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Chaska, St. Francis and Hopkins.
• TCHFH’s energy-efficient homes ensure long-term affordability and improved indoor air quality.
The Need and Urgency for Affordable Housing
• One in eight Minnesota households spends more than 50% of their income on housing needs.
• Minnesota will need more than 51,000 new affordable homes by 2020.
• Getting families into a single, stable home leads to better education outcomes, fewer dropouts, healthier kids, increased job prospects, more community engagement and safer neighborhoods.
For more information, call 612-331-4090. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is located at 1954 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104.