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Here at Habitat, our primary mission is to create and preserve affordable homeownership in the Twin Cities. Our passionate staff and volunteers continue to work day in and day out, in the hopes of helping just one more family. And we always wish we could do more. 

Each person who connects with and supports Habitat's mission has a different motivation. For some, it may be giving back to the community. For others, it may be their drive to make a difference in the lives of local families. Whatever the motivation, it is always incredibly moving to hear about the impact of Habitat's work in the words of the families that are served by our programs and services. 

If you visited a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) build site in North Minneapolis in September, you might have felt like everyone on the site was somehow familiar. You wouldn’t have been experiencing déjà vu; the sense of familiarity would have come from the fact that all 27 people on the build site were related.

 

 

By Stephani Atkins
Entrepreneurs House Steering Committee Member

In 2014, approximately 600 people worked on building the Wayne Atkins’ Entrepreneur House completing the project in record time and ahead of schedule. The financial contributions of private individuals, entrepreneurs, investment firms and service providers made the construction of the home possible. In December 2014 Siralkhtim Ahmed and Abeer Mohammednor, along with their five children, Mohammed (14 yrs), Ali (11 yrs), Hamza (9 yrs), Naba (6 yrs), and Azam (3 yrs), moved in to their new home. This is the story of their long search for a place to call home. 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity started in 1985 when a handful of compassionate people working in a church basement raised money to buy and rehab a home in South Minneapolis. The woman who bought the home raised two daughters there, has long ago paid off her mortgage, and still keeps the home looking good today. This infographic demonstrates the impact Twin Cities Habitat has had in our community since that first home three decades ago. Click the image to zoom in. Please share on Facebook  - show them why you support this mission. Also, check out this infographic on how the various programs of Twin Cities Habitat help create and preserve homeownership opportunities.

girl_studying-at-schoolHaving a Habitat home can provide the safety, stability and opportunity that kids need to thrive, and serve as the foundation for building a brighter future. The following are results from a recent Homeowner Impact Study conducted by Habitat for Humanity Minnesota and Wilder Research. This statewide study explores the connection between Habitat homeownership and a homeowner’s quality of life, including: safety, health, education, social connectedness, family interaction and personal well-being, and economic situation.

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