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Answers to All Your 2020 Elections Questions

Posted at 4:25 PM on September 18, 2020

Elections are an important way for individuals and communities to make their voices heard. That’s why Twin Cities Habitat is...

How To Get Involved with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Posted at 8:44 AM on September 15, 2020

Whether you're completely new to Twin Cities Habitat or you're a longtime supporter looking for a new way to connect, there's...

What is a Homeownership Advisor and How Can They Help You Buy Your First Home?

Posted at 11:30 AM on September 14, 2020

The biggest consideration when making any large purchase decision is how you’re going to budget for it. And for most people,...

We've Hit a Milestone: 1,500 Homes!

Posted at 10:00 AM on September 11, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to announce that we have hit a huge milestone! At the end of August, we had a...

Career Turning Points

Posted at 10:00 AM on September 9, 2020

Guest blog by Shereese TurnerTwin Cities Habitat Chief Program Officer

I have been extremely fortunate for over the last 20...

What Do I Need to Know About Habitat’s Mortgage Loan Product?

Posted at 10:32 AM on September 8, 2020

You may be familiar with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program. The program is designed to help first-time...

Your Candidate Conversation Guide

Posted at 10:32 AM on September 5, 2020

At Twin Cities Habitat, we believe elections are an important way for individuals and communities to make their voices heard....

Wells Fargo granted $150,000 to support aging homeowners

Posted at 3:00 PM on September 3, 2020

Wells Fargo granted $150,000 to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s Age Well at HomeTM program, which takes a person-centered...

Race and Housing Series: Fair Housing Act Part 2 (2016-2020)

Posted at 9:27 AM on September 2, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive...

House That Beer Built #2: What A Year!

Posted at 1:19 PM on September 1, 2020

Guest blog by Julia SchaferTwin Cities Habitat Engagement Associate 

Twin Cities Habitat wrapped up the second House that Beer...

Unequal Access to 'First National Bank of Mom'

Posted at 10:30 AM on August 27, 2020

I bought my first house when I was 24 years old. I had just finished my first year of law school and was still living at home....

Build Sites That Need Your Help

Posted at 5:02 PM on August 25, 2020

Guest blog by Jackie PeakTwin Cities Habitat Sr. Engagement Associate

Although Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides...

Buying vs. Renting: 9 Signs You May Be Ready to Buy a House

Posted at 10:05 AM on August 24, 2020

How far can one month's rent get you as a homeowner? If you've ever wondered whether you should keep renting or buy a home,...

Robyn Bipes-Timm Reflects on her New Role as Chief Strategy Officer

Posted at 12:23 PM on August 21, 2020

At Twin Cities Habitat, our staff is driven to make affordable homeownership a reality for all. Guiding us on that mission is...

Race and Housing Series: Fair Housing Act Part 1 (1968-2015)

Posted at 2:03 PM on August 20, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive...

You can virtually volunteer on the Habitat Hype Team

Posted at 2:45 PM on August 18, 2020

Guest blog post by Meg Blyler, Volunteer Engagement Associate and AmeriCorps service member

Virtual volunteer opportunities...

Celebrating 25 Years of AmeriCorps

Posted at 11:00 AM on August 17, 2020

This year, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years as an AmeriCorps host site! To celebrate, we’re taking a...

The Cost of Home: Developing Communities of Opportunity

Posted at 1:11 PM on August 14, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supports Cost of Home, a national campaign to expand housing affordability for ten million...

CEO Chris Coleman reflects on an unprecedented year and the path forward

Posted at 4:15 PM on August 12, 2020

As we turn the corner to start a new fiscal year at Twin Cities Habitat, I find it hard to remember what things were like...

What Experts Expect From the Minnesota Housing Market for the rest of 2020

Posted at 10:30 AM on August 10, 2020

If you are planning to buy your first home in 2020, there is a lot to learn about the market! With a pandemic, recession, and...

ReStore Recap: Shop Our Longest Sale!

Posted at 12:17 PM on August 7, 2020

Have you visited ReStore yet? We can't wait to see you shopping and donating, so please make sure to wear the required mask,...

Advocating for Bonding at the State Legislature

Posted at 1:34 PM on August 5, 2020

This spring, Twin Cities Habitat hosted our first ever Virtual Hill Day to advocate for affordable homeownership at the state...

Understanding Income, Debt, Credit Score, and Debt-to-Income

Posted at 1:39 PM on August 4, 2020

Understanding key financial terms is essential for first-time homebuyers (and anyone else getting ready to borrow money from a...

Charity Navigator Awards Twin Cities Habitat Four Stars

Posted at 1:00 PM on August 3, 2020

Guest blog by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is proud to share we have earned the...

COVID-19 Purchase Agreement Addendums: What You Need To Know

Posted at 11:40 AM on July 31, 2020

Guest Blog by Adade AmenounveHomeowner Development Coordinator

You might have heard of purchase agreement addendums, a common...

You Can Win Great Auction Prizes this Weekend

Posted at 9:30 AM on July 30, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat’s annual Raise the Roof Golf Tournament is around the corner with new and exciting changes like our...

How to Understand (and Afford) the Down Payment on Your First Home [VIDEO]

Posted at 9:15 AM on July 29, 2020

When you get close to buying a home, one of the biggest steps is making the down payment. You might have a lot of questions...

AmeriCorps Internship to Construction Management Degree

Posted at 1:56 PM on July 28, 2020

Guest blog by Stacy GerondelisRecruitment Support Associate, Twin Cities Habitat AmeriCorps Member

One of this year’s summer ...

Your 2020 Elections Guide, Part 2

Posted at 2:52 PM on July 24, 2020

At Twin Cities Habitat, we believe elections are an important way for individuals and communities to make their voices heard....

Join the 2020 Raise the Roof Charity Golf Tournament for Homeowners During COVID-19

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 23, 2020

Many Habitat homeowners are also front line workers in healthcare, education, and transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Race and Housing Series: Mortgage Interest Deduction

Posted at 2:45 PM on July 21, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

What is VTO and How Can it Benefit Your Business?

Posted at 1:00 PM on July 20, 2020

Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic. Review our current COVID-19 safety protocols.

You've likely heard the term “Volunteer...

You Can Volunteer Again…Safely!

Posted at 11:00 AM on July 17, 2020

Volunteers like you are crucial to keeping Habitat home builds on schedule. Our staff spent weeks designing new safety...

Things to Consider When Seeking Corporate Volunteerism Opportunities

Posted at 11:00 AM on July 16, 2020

Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic. Review our current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Corporate volunteerism can be an extremely...

Age Well at Home Takes New Approach to Home Modifications

Posted at 12:33 PM on July 14, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Tips for Purchasing a Home [VIDEO]

Posted at 1:30 PM on July 13, 2020

Buying your first home is an exciting time. But when you’re looking at house after house with your Realtor, it can be easy to...

Your 2020 Elections Guide, Part 1

Posted at 4:48 PM on July 9, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Odds are, you know a renter who could buy a home with Habitat

Posted at 10:13 AM on July 9, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Understanding Your Credit Score [VIDEO]

Posted at 1:30 PM on July 7, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Living faith as a volunteer

Posted at 11:30 AM on July 6, 2020

Ken Tate came back from the Korean War with memories that have lasted a lifetime. He was told “don’t worry, you’ll never see...

Everything You Should Know About Summer AmeriCorps

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 3, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Understanding Credit and Your Credit Report [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:45 AM on July 2, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Homeowner Photo Contest: Home and Education

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 1, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Biking for a Cause

Posted at 9:30 AM on June 30, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Collections, Charge Offs, and Judgments: What They Are and How to Get them Resolved

Posted at 12:15 PM on June 29, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Getting Your Financial House in Order to Buy a Home [VIDEO]

Posted at 9:30 AM on June 26, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

ReStore Recap: We're OPEN!

Posted at 1:15 PM on June 24, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

How to Pick and Manage a Credit Card [VIDEO]

Posted at 9:30 AM on June 23, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Celebrating National Homeownership Month with our Homeowner Photo Contest Entries

Posted at 9:56 AM on June 22, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Why Juneteenth Matters

Posted at 9:30 AM on June 19, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

The Cost of Home: Equitably Increasing Access to Credit

Posted at 4:10 PM on June 18, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Support Twin Cities Habitat's Women Build!

Posted at 3:15 PM on June 16, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Jill's Story: I love my Habitat home and what it’s become for my family

Posted at 10:25 AM on June 15, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

What Happens to Your Mortgage Application if You Lost Your Job Due to COVID-19?

Posted at 10:30 AM on June 12, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Why does Twin Cities Habitat have a home listed on the MLS?

Posted at 3:30 PM on June 11, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Reflections on my time as Habitat's Advocacy Intern

Posted at 9:00 AM on June 11, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Angel's Story: It's been a blessing to have our home during this difficult time

Posted at 11:12 AM on June 10, 2020

We continue to process the pain and hope of our nation’s uprising for racial justice amid a global health crisis. You can see...

Listen, learn, and take action

Posted at 4:03 PM on June 9, 2020

With a monumental social uprising coming during a global health crisis, there’s no doubt the last few weeks have been some of...

Take action for #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

Posted at 3:34 PM on May 29, 2020

We join our Twin Cities neighbors in mourning George Floyd. We share the outrage at the injustice and inhumanity of his...

Justice for George Floyd

Posted at 3:01 PM on May 28, 2020

We join our Twin Cities neighbors in mourning George Floyd. We share the outrage at the injustice and inhumanity of his...

Habitat's Homeownership Program During COVID-19

Posted at 10:36 AM on May 27, 2020

As June approaches, we're getting ready to celebrate National Homeownership Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the many...

Site life without volunteers

Posted at 11:29 AM on May 26, 2020

Guest blog by Tara Lumley, Senior Site Supervisor, in response to homebuilding during COVID-19.

Anyone who knows me, knows...

The legislative session is over, but there's still more work to do

Posted at 4:07 PM on May 22, 2020

The Minnesota state legislature completed the work of its regular session at midnight on Sunday, May 18 – a time usually...

Should You Budget Week-to-Week During COVID-19?

Posted at 4:20 PM on May 21, 2020

Most Americans are feeling the increased stress of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances. Budgeting is incredibly...

Make Masks for Habitat!

Posted at 11:00 AM on May 20, 2020

Guest blog by Meg BlylerVolunteer Coordinator 

As Twin Cities Habitat continues to support our clients’ homebuying journeys,...

Brittany's Story: My son and I now have a place we can forever call home

Posted at 3:41 PM on May 19, 2020

We recently held a Photo Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to submit a photo and caption that answered the...

Remembering Kenny Drangstveit: Long Time Volunteer and Forever Carpenter

Posted at 6:00 PM on May 18, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of long-time carpenter and Habitat for Humanity volunteer,...

Race and Housing Series: The Community Reinvestment Act Then and Now

Posted at 8:00 AM on May 15, 2020

Written by Greta Gaetz and Kaitlyn Dormer.

Housing Heroes Advocate Virtually

Posted at 1:59 PM on May 13, 2020

Guest Blog by Kevin Huynh, Policy & Advocacy Intern

The value of safe and affordable homes is more apparent now than ever....

What Does COVID-19 Mean for Your Credit Score?

Posted at 10:00 AM on May 12, 2020

Credit is one of the most important elements of your financial well-being. It can make all the difference for your life goals,...

ReStore Recap: Expansion update and more!

Posted at 3:09 PM on May 11, 2020

ReStore remains temporarily closed, but our ReStoration Corner blog continues to bring you the latest updates, DIY projects,...

Habitat Homeowners and the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted at 12:47 PM on May 8, 2020

Throughout this COVID-19 crisis, our top priority has always been the health and safety of our entire Twin Cities Habitat...

Virtual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala: A Night To Remember

Posted at 1:29 PM on May 7, 2020

Our Virtual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala was more than a hit, it was a SMASH. When we made the decision to go virtual and keep...

Support the At Home Fund for #GiveAtHomeMN

Posted at 9:58 AM on May 5, 2020

This week is #GiveAtHomeMN week—a reminder for us all to give back to the organizations giving so much throughout Minnesota...

Advocate with us on Virtual Hill Day!

Posted at 3:33 PM on May 4, 2020

While Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has a long history of advocating for affordable homeownership in our community, the ...

It's Showtime! Our Virtual Auction is Open

Posted at 10:00 AM on April 30, 2020

Our virtual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is around the corner. We can't wait to celebrate with you on this Saturday, May 2. But...

Buying a Home During COVID-19 – What You Should Know

Posted at 2:05 PM on April 28, 2020

With stay-at-home orders in place and changing business practices, many Minnesotans have questions about what buying a home...

Answers to your Questions about our Virtual Gala

Posted at 1:14 PM on April 27, 2020

Are you ready to create homes from the comfort of yours? Our (virtual) Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is coming up on Saturday, May...

Hard Hat & Black Tie Virtual Gala is Almost Here!

Posted at 1:47 PM on April 24, 2020

Join us online on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. for the first-ever virtual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. It’ll be the best virtual...

Our lives have changed, but your support is unwavering

Posted at 2:45 PM on April 23, 2020

Guest Blog by Julia Schafer, Engagement Associate

Happy National Volunteer Recognition Week! At Twin Cities Habitat, we know...

National Volunteer Week Kick-Off 2020

Posted at 8:51 AM on April 20, 2020

Guest blog by Meg BlylerVolunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member

Happy National Volunteer Recognition Week! Today through...

Renting and Homeownership During COVID-19 – What You Should Know

Posted at 1:05 PM on April 17, 2020

Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Twin Cities Habitat community — staff, clients,...

What the Coronavirus Stimulus Check Means for You

Posted at 12:32 PM on April 16, 2020

You may have heard about a stimulus package passed by Congress to help the American people during the economic downturn caused...

Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is going Virtual!

Posted at 12:45 PM on April 14, 2020

Hard Hat & Black Tie is going virtual on Saturday, May 2! In these uncertain times, the safety and health of our Habitat...

My Alternative Service Experience at The Food Group

Posted at 5:29 PM on April 8, 2020

At Habitat, most AmeriCorps members hold the position of Construction Volunteer Facilitator. However, due to COVID-19, all...

Juanita's Family Weathers COVID-19 in their Habitat Home

Posted at 3:57 PM on April 7, 2020

“It shouldn’t take a crisis to show how important housing is.”-Juanita, Habitat homeowner since 1995

In 1995, Juanita,...

Habitat CEO: For some, "shelter in place" is a different kind of crisis

Posted at 9:52 AM on March 26, 2020

On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a "stay at home" order from March 27 - April 10 (read more on the Governor's...

Urging State Leaders to Prioritize Homeowners in COVID-19 Response

Posted at 4:54 PM on March 24, 2020

Press Release submitted March 24, 2020.

Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, Minnesota Homeownership Center, and Twin Cities...

How You Can Help Habitat Right Now

Posted at 5:22 PM on March 23, 2020

I don't normally share a message like this one. But these are unprecedented times.

The Coronavirus outbreak is already hurting...

Twin Cities Habitat Donates 8,000 Respirator Masks in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted at 6:18 PM on March 20, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has donated 8,000 respirator masks to Hennepin Healthcare and M Health Fairview as medical...

The 2020 Census is here!

Posted at 3:40 PM on March 20, 2020

Update 06/17/20: Have you completed your census form yet? If not, fill it out here. Starting in mid-July, census takers will...

Tax-savvy giving

Posted at 11:00 AM on March 19, 2020

Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Twin Cities Habitat community — staff, clients,...

10 things to do while social distancing

Posted at 11:30 AM on March 18, 2020

Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Twin Cities Habitat community — staff, clients,...

Top 5 Reasons to Join AmeriCorps

Posted at 3:52 PM on March 12, 2020

Post by Kristal Sawatzke and Blake MacKenzie, Twin Cities Habitat Staff

March 8-14, 2020, is National AmeriCorps Week! Here at...

What is Corporate Volunteerism?

Posted at 10:00 AM on March 11, 2020

Corporate volunteerism is a way for corporations and their employees to give back to their community. Volunteer time off (VTO)...

Understanding Debt and How to Pay it Off Strategically [VIDEO]

Posted at 1:00 PM on March 9, 2020

If you’re a first-time homebuyer and you have debt, you need to understand the type of debt you have and how to pay it off...

Have You Heard of Our Rehab Loan?

Posted at 9:30 AM on March 7, 2020

Today’s housing market can be tough for first-time homebuyers. It’s not uncommon to write five or six offers before getting...

Additional Costs of Being a Homeowner [VIDEO]

Posted at 9:30 AM on March 6, 2020

Buying your first home is a really exciting time in your life, but it’s important that you understand all of the costs that...

AmeriCorps Service Trip 2020 Recap

Posted at 9:15 AM on March 5, 2020

Guest Blog by Stacy Gerondelis and Laura Duque
AmeriCorps Members

Every year, the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s ...

Extra! Extra! ReStore is Hiring!

Posted at 1:30 PM on March 4, 2020

There are so many exciting changes happening at our ReStore Home Improvement Outlets. Each year, we witness a growth in...

Square Footage Calculator: How Much Space Do You Need in Your First Home?

Posted at 7:56 AM on March 3, 2020

Deciding what you want in your house is one of the most exciting things about shopping for your first home. You get to think...

ReStore Recap: Spring Cleaning and Spotlights!

Posted at 2:45 PM on March 2, 2020

Spring is right around the corner which means spring cleaning is upon us! Out with the old and in with the new. Check out our...

Three Twin Cities leaders join our Board of Directors

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 26, 2020

The Board of Directors at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity welcomes three new members. They join the board as we rally the...

Twin Cities Habitat goes to Washington!

Posted at 5:30 PM on February 25, 2020

On February 12, hundreds of Habitat for Humanity advocates rallied on the lawn in front of our nation’s Capitol. “Over half...

A home worth saving

Posted at 1:45 PM on February 19, 2020

Preserving affordable housing is just as important as creating affordable housing. That's where the A Brush with Kindness...

Busted: Seven Myths About Affordable Housing

Posted at 8:00 AM on February 18, 2020

The need for affordable housing is a fact of life in most communities across the country, yet myths, fear, prejudice, and...

Homeowners Insurance: What is it? Why is it important?

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 17, 2020

Guest Blog By:Debbie Campbell, Twin Cities Habitat's Homeowner's Insurance Educator

I’ve been a Twin Cities Habitat volunteer...

Race and Housing Series: Rondo and I-94—A Conversation with Nick Khaliq

Posted at 11:18 AM on February 14, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Meet Our Women Build Committee

Posted at 10:30 AM on February 13, 2020

By Michelle GierkeGuest Blogger and Women Build Steering Committee Co-Chair

The New Year means it is time for the Women Build...

Katie Moore Becomes the First Habitat Homeowner to Work with Age in Place

Posted at 12:46 PM on February 5, 2020

Katie Moore has lived in her Habitat home since 1999. At 75, she still believes that buying a home with Twin Cities Habitat...

How to Help Prepare Your First-Time Homebuyers for Homeownership

Posted at 11:00 AM on January 29, 2020

Buying a home is an exciting time, especially for those doing it for the very first time. Having a REALTOR® who understands...

Check out the Twin Cities Habitat Volunteer Store

Posted at 10:49 AM on January 28, 2020

We love our volunteers here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and are always working hard to figure out new and creative...

What to Expect at Closing [VIDEO]

Posted at 11:45 AM on January 27, 2020

So you've finally made it to the home closing. But... has anyone actually walked you through what that means and what will...

ReStore Recap: Join Us for our Annual 50% Off Sale!

Posted at 11:15 AM on January 22, 2020

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new sales, volunteer opportunities, and ReStore tips and tricks. We can't wait to share...

What Are Repair Addendums? [VIDEO]

Posted at 11:30 AM on January 21, 2020

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’re likely trying to navigate the twists and turns of buying a house with the help of...

AmeriCorps Members Make Twin Cities Habitat Happen

Posted at 10:22 AM on January 16, 2020

Rarely in life are you presented with an opportunity that can both change you forever as a person and, at the same time, allow...

Join us on January 20 for a Day of Service!

Posted at 10:05 AM on January 13, 2020

Each January, on the third Monday of the month, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a special holiday that has been declared...

What to Do (And Not To Do!) Once You Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 9, 2020

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is the first step on your journey to becoming a...

The Cost of Home: Optimizing Land Use for Affordable Homes

Posted at 11:35 AM on January 8, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supports Cost of Home, a national campaign to increase housing affordability for ten million...

Turning Impossible into Possible with Habitat

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 7, 2020

“I didn’t think it was a possibility—owning a home felt so far out of reach.”

Ikram had spent years moving from apartment to...

January is National Radon Action Month

Posted at 9:00 AM on January 6, 2020

As a Gold Standard Radon Resistant Builder and January being National Radon Action Month, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity...

How to Get Your Offer Accepted on a House

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 4, 2020

In the Twin Cities, we’re in one of the most competitive housing markets we’ve seen in the last several years. 

“I’ve been in...

Stay Active in the Cold with Our Winter Volunteer Programs

Posted at 8:45 AM on January 3, 2020

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is well known for our volunteer opportunities. From assisting on a construction site to...

As We Close 2019, I'm Filled with Gratitude

Posted at 2:00 PM on December 31, 2019

I’ve spent a lot of time in my attic over the last few weeks preparing for a home project. My wife, Connie, and I are sorting...

Guest Blog: My 2019 Habitat Home Sponsorship Experience

Posted at 2:45 PM on December 30, 2019

Corey represents what Habitat is about—giving generously of time and treasure to invest in our neighbors and our collective...

Race and Housing Series: Redlining and Resistance – An Interview with Dr. Brittany Lewis

Posted at 1:39 PM on December 26, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Using Your Voice to Impact Change

Posted at 9:00 AM on December 23, 2019

For Jake Loesch, advocacy has been a recurring theme in his personal and professional life. Whether engaging with constituents...

A Brush With Kindness Brings Hope to Homeowner Laurie

Posted at 3:16 PM on December 20, 2019

Laurie Hundley has lived in her East Phalen home for almost 30 years. Until recently, Laurie was accustomed to living on her...

It’s time to become a Winter Warrior!

Posted at 9:00 AM on December 11, 2019

Last year, over 300 Winter Warriors volunteered with Twin Cities Habitat between December and February. And now it’s time for...

ReStore Recap: Holiday DIY,  plus year-end donations

Posted at 9:15 AM on December 10, 2019

We're in the full swing of the holiday season with the New Year on the horizon, and it's time to start thinking about indoor ...

Leaving a Legacy: Including Charitable Donations in Your Estate Planning

Posted at 3:45 PM on December 4, 2019

Estate planning is an important—and sometimes emotional—process which provides direction on how to handle your assets at the...

How Sunrise Banks ensures Habitat homebuyers are set up for success

Posted at 8:45 AM on December 3, 2019

While our Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity team handles all the face-to-face work with Homeownership Program clients, we have...

Receive a Tax Benefit: Donate Building Materials!

Posted at 1:38 PM on December 2, 2019

December 31st is a red letter day. That’s the last day of the year to donate goods to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and ...

Solar-ready Habitat homes

Posted at 10:05 AM on November 27, 2019

From building ENERGY STAR certified homes, to meeting LEED standards on our new home builds , to tackling special...

Becoming a First-time Homeowner in North Minneapolis

Posted at 1:33 PM on November 26, 2019

Wendy Mitchell always dreamed of owning a home of her own. That dream became a reality, this past September when she closed on...

The Cost of Home: Increasing the Supply and Preservation of Affordable Homes

Posted at 11:57 AM on November 25, 2019

In the United States today, one in six families spends more than half of their income on housing. Here in the Twin Cities, an...

Race and Housing Series: Racial Covenants – An interview with Kirsten Delegard

Posted at 2:37 PM on November 21, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Marinette's Story: No one will take the time to guide you like Habitat does

Posted at 9:09 AM on November 18, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to share a story answering the...

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Brown

Posted at 3:19 PM on November 14, 2019

Steve Brown is no stranger to the work of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Steve has logged an impressive 988 hours as a...

You Help the Seed of Homeownership Bloom

Posted at 9:54 AM on November 13, 2019

Receiving the key to your home is a profound moment. Especially for LeAndra. When the key to her Habitat home was placed in...

An Exchange between Veterans

Posted at 10:09 AM on November 11, 2019

Guest Blog by Michael HermansonHomeownership Advisor

This is a story about an experience I had with a homeowner during my...

The Builder's Circle: How to Get Involved and Build Your Community

Posted at 9:47 AM on November 7, 2019

Building a teenager’s first bedroom that she has all to herself. Fixing critical damage on an elderly woman’s home to make it...

ReStore Recap: And the Winner Is...

Posted at 10:42 AM on November 5, 2019

The ReStoration Corner has been busy celebrating our Freestyle Flip Upcycle Challenge participants, recognizing our fantastic...

Following in His Father's Footsteps

Posted at 1:33 PM on November 4, 2019

As a child growing up in Jamaica, Garfield Bowen watched his dad, Eric, build homes for others. Today, Garfield finds himself...

Race and Housing Series: the GI Bill

Posted at 11:39 AM on November 1, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Happy Give To The Max!

Posted at 8:02 AM on November 1, 2019

November is here which means it’s time for Minnesota’s annual season of giving with Give to the Max, starting today through...

Thank you to our Women Build Crew!

Posted at 1:49 PM on October 31, 2019

Guest blog by CJ FitzsimonsWomen Build Steering Committee Member

Hello Women Build Wonder Women,

On September 9th, many of us...

Volunteers needed to support our new builds

Posted at 8:37 AM on October 25, 2019

Although Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer year-round, we have...

Twin Cities Habitat Partners with Family Housing Fund on Accessory Dwelling Units

Posted at 9:56 AM on October 24, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat is excited to announce a new partnership with Family Housing Fund to research and develop a new strategy...

Habitat Homeowner and Daughter Turn to the Arts to Combat Bullying

Posted at 10:00 AM on October 23, 2019

Back in 2013, Delilah bought a house with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. By becoming a homeowner, Delilah hoped to provide...

Home is [still] out of reach for many Minnesotans

Posted at 12:59 PM on October 21, 2019

Maybe you've heard about the affordable housing crisis. Do you know the data behind it?

A few months ago, Minnesota Housing...

Race and Housing Series: Government's Role in Housing Segregation

Posted at 4:18 PM on October 16, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Ana's Story: Home is 'a blessing from God'

Posted at 9:30 AM on October 15, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to share a story answering the...

The latest on Twin Cities Habitat’s Major Developments

Posted at 10:05 AM on October 14, 2019

When people think of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, they think of building houses. But did you know Habitat also develops...

Walz, Carter, and corporate execs swing hammers at CEO Build

Posted at 1:45 PM on October 11, 2019

The 18th Annual CEO Build brought together more than 40 corporate leaders to volunteer on a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity...

Minnesota Veteran Receives New Roof

Posted at 12:12 PM on October 8, 2019

Last year Legacy Restoration completed their second Roof Deployment Project for a deserving veteran, Steven Ripp. Steven is a...

House Month Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Mason

Posted at 11:17 AM on October 7, 2019

House Month Volunteers are individuals that choose to commit a significant portion of volunteer time to a single home's...

Advocating for Federal Policies Here at Home

Posted at 11:00 AM on October 4, 2019

It takes a village to advance the mission of Habitat, and many partners come together to support this work including...

ITS Fest: An Intro to Success and art-community collaboration

Posted at 11:31 AM on October 2, 2019

Guest blog by Polina Montes de Oca

Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager

This past summer, Twin Cities Habitat was...

Women leaders unpack Minnesota’s history of racist housing policies – and what you can do about it

Posted at 3:41 PM on September 30, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat has a core value of Equity and Inclusion which states: “We promote racial equity and strive to increase...

Make affordable homeownership part of your legacy with FreeWill

Posted at 2:29 PM on September 25, 2019

Guest blog by Laura Tanner, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to making...

U.S. Bank commits $500,000 to Twin Cities Habitat home repairs

Posted at 9:15 AM on September 24, 2019

U.S. Bank is pledging $500,000 over five years to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s critical home repair program, A Brush...

How to make a difference in the affordable housing crisis

Posted at 4:05 PM on September 16, 2019

Our five-year, $55 million fundraising campaign to double Habitat homeownership opportunities for local families, Multiplying...

ReStore Recap: Time For Our Anniversary Sale!

Posted at 11:10 AM on September 12, 2019

Fall is here and the ReStore team has so much to offer to our amazing customers. From our Anniversary sale to our dorm room...

Success in School Starts at Home

Posted at 10:45 AM on September 12, 2019

Kalia loves her job as a second-grade teacher at Hope Community Academy in St. Paul. And she deeply knows how important a...

9 Things to Do Before Closing on a House [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:31 AM on September 9, 2019

There are a number of things you need to do before you close on a home. Things like applying for a loan, scheduling a home...

3 Important Documents You'll Sign When Closing on a House [VIDEO]

Posted at 3:35 PM on September 3, 2019

Congrats, you found your first house! We know you're excited to move in and make it your own, but before you start hauling...

Homeownership Stories from Habitat Staff: Ly's Story

Posted at 9:58 AM on August 29, 2019

We all have our own stories of home. This series shares those stories from Habitat staff. We'll explore questions like: what...

Kera bought a home with Habitat. Now she's giving back.

Posted at 2:03 PM on August 23, 2019

When Kera saw the Habitat volunteer opportunity pop up at work, she jumped on it. A full volunteer day would give her the...

Vivian's Story: My home means a lot to me and my family

Posted at 10:34 AM on August 22, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners and kids to share a story answering...

ReStore Recap: A DIYers dream

Posted at 11:25 AM on August 20, 2019

The ReStore team has been busy putting together an amazing lineup of DIY posts after wrapping our Earth Day Upcycle Challenge...

Erik's Story: I helped make my home safe again

Posted at 5:18 PM on August 12, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to share a story answering the...

Refer an AmeriCorps Member, Earn Habitat Swag!

Posted at 9:43 AM on August 9, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat is celebrating 25 years of being an AmeriCorps host site and we are planning to host 25 members in the...

First Home Checklist: Separating the Wants from the Needs [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:04 AM on August 5, 2019

You may have already practiced this skill in your everyday life. Can you think of a time when you were hungry and wanted to go...

Homeownership Stories from Habitat Staff: Terry's Story

Posted at 9:26 AM on August 2, 2019

We all have our own stories of home. This series shares those stories from Habitat staff. We'll explore questions like: what...

End of Single-Family Zoning in Minneapolis Creates Big Opportunities

Posted at 10:00 AM on August 1, 2019

If you've kept up with the news, especially news around budgets and housing, then you've probably heard of the new policy that...

Fixed- vs. Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: What’s the Difference? [VIDEO]

Posted at 11:47 AM on July 26, 2019

When you’re trying to find the right interest rate for your new home mortgage, you have two choices: Fixed- vs....

Dedicated Volunteers at Raise the Roof Golf Tournament

Posted at 10:00 AM on July 23, 2019

The Raise the Roof Golf Tournament is Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual outreach and fundraising event which generates...

Beth's Story: Habitat made our house back into a home

Posted at 1:54 PM on July 22, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to share a story answering the...

Budgeting Your Monthly Cost of Owning a Home [VIDEO]

Posted at 11:55 AM on July 19, 2019

As a first time homebuyer, it’s important to understand all the costs that go into owning a home. For starters, did you know...

Comparing a Habitat Loan with an FHA Loan

Posted at 9:42 AM on July 18, 2019

If you're looking to buy a home with an affordable home loan, there are a lot of options available to you. One more well-known...

Building and Connecting

Posted at 2:51 PM on July 15, 2019

Guest blog written by Laurie, Holy Hammers and Women Build volunteer

About Laurie

I have lived in the Twin Cities all my...

Mortgage Calculator: Traditional vs. TCHFH Lending, Inc.

Posted at 9:14 AM on July 11, 2019

Are you interested in buying your first home, but can’t afford a down payment? While traditional mortgages generally require a...

Moses' Story: I don't care how big the house is, it's how happy the home is

Posted at 8:51 AM on July 10, 2019

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners and kids to share a story answering...

How Realtors® Can Help First-Time Homebuyers with Habitat for Humanity

Posted at 8:45 AM on July 9, 2019

For a long time, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has been known for building homes in an effort to provide stable housing for...

Influence for Good

Posted at 10:25 AM on July 8, 2019

Guest blog by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

From June 17-20, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Builder’s Circle...

State Legislators Hammer Out Differences to Build Homes

Posted at 10:00 AM on July 5, 2019

Guest Blog written by Rep. Michael Howard, 50A (DFL), Rep. Kristin Robbins, 34A (R), and Greta Gaetz, Local/Regional Policy &...

Overlapping Values

Posted at 9:55 AM on July 3, 2019

Guest Blog by Laura OyenGrants & Compliance Assistant at Twin Cities Habitat

Many of us take different journeys to arrive at...

ReStore Recap: A summer full of DIY and incredible volunteers

Posted at 8:34 AM on July 3, 2019

It has been a busy few months over on the ReStoration Corner blog, where we've been highlighting everything from our DIY...