Why We advocate

    In addition to building and preserving safe, quality, and affordable homes, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity invites Habitat supporters to be advocates for funding, policy, and systems change for the entire continuum of housing. While Twin Cities Habitat has an enormous and profound impact when partnering with families, the need for affordable housing is much bigger than we can solve with our programs alone.

    On any given day in Minnesota:

    • 600,000+ families pay more than they can afford for housing
    • 14,000+ Minnesotans experience homelessness
    • Almost half of Minnesotans experiencing homelessness are babies, children, or young adults
    • In the 2014-15 school year, over 11,600 public school students experienced homelessness
    • Homelessness rates have more than tripled over the past 20 years

    To achieve our mission and multiply our impact, we invite you to become a Housing Hero: raise your hammer and your voice to spread the word that everyone needs a place they can afford to call home!

    • Homes For All photobooth
    • Habitat Off the Hill 2015 cookie decorating
    • Housing Heroes meet with their legislator
    • Housing Heroes call their legislators
    • Habitat Off the Hill in Rochester!
    • A little Housing Hero writes a letter to his legislator




    TCHFH’s legislative agenda for the 2016 Legislative Session:         Homes for All MN       

    • TCHFH is proud to once again partner with the Homes for All alliance. We work in collaboration to secure                 funding for safe, stable, and affordable housing throughout Minnesota.

    This year, we are asking for $130 million in Housing Infrastructure and General Obligation bonds to:

    • develop affordable homeownership opportunities through land trusts,
    • preserve rental housing for low-income families and individuals in federally subsidized units,
    • build and preserve supportive housing for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness,
    • rehabilitate public housing to preserve federally subsidized units,
    • and a new eligible use:  housing for Minnesotans age 55 and older living at or below 50% of area median income.



    You, along with thousands of advocates from over 170 organizations in the Homes for All alliance, made sure your voices were heard as part of this 2015 legislative session.

    The final HHS bill included a $9 million increase for housing and services for the Homeless Youth Act, emergency shelter, long-term homeless supportive services and more. As a result of your dedication, Homes for All secured a $25.5 million boost in new funding for housing and homeless services!

    • Minnesota Housing funding for targeted programs included $6.5 million in new funds, plus $10 million in bonding for housing. 

    This was a challenging session. At times housing programs were facing serious cuts and harmful policy changes. But you stepped up like true Housing Heroes to ensure we have the funds needed to continue to stabilize families, help kids succeed in schools, and strengthen our communities.

    Thank you for working so hard in 2015. We're so grateful you are a part of this team!