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!

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    • 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.

    Here are some Housing Heroes who've visited the Capitol to meet with their legislators this session!

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     Left: Rep. Dave Baker, Sharon Mason. Center:  Polina Montes de Oca, Rep. Rena Moran, Abdullahi Ibrahim, Rebecca. Right:  Sen. Melisa Franzen, Joan Naymark.
    Below:  Rebecca, Sen. Barb Goodwin, Karin O'Connor, Cassie. Read about Karin's experience at the Capitol here!