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Why Real Estate Agents Should Rethink Down Payment Assistance

Posted at 10:15 AM on May 18, 2022

To say the housing market is tough is an understatement. Anyone working in real estate can tell you first-hand stories of homes...

Home Appraisals and Housing Discrimination

Posted at 8:53 AM on May 16, 2022

Most people don’t think much about the intersection of racism and the home appraisal process, but systemic racism still exists in...

Neighborhood Research Tools for Homebuyers Like Neighborhood Scout

Posted at 10:43 AM on May 14, 2022

There is nothing quite as exciting as buying your first home. It’s such a big deal – life-changing, in so many ways. You want to...

Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home

Posted at 2:00 PM on May 13, 2022

May is National Pet Month! We know you love your fuzzy friends at home, and keeping them healthy and happy is a priority for...

U.S. Bank Foundation Featured at Home is the Key Build Celebration

Posted at 3:00 PM on May 12, 2022

Pictured: Jesse Mamaril, U.S. Bank Assistant Vice President andCommunity Affairs Project Manager

Welcoming Stefni Bell, Controller

Posted at 5:00 AM on May 9, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Stefni Bell has joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity as the new Controller to lead our...

Habitat Welcomes Diverse Board Leadership

Posted at 9:19 AM on May 8, 2022

The Board of Directors at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity welcomes Sharon Sayles Belton as the newly elected Board Chair, in...

Advocates Gather for Virtual Hill Day 2022

Posted at 10:31 AM on May 6, 2022

Guest blog by Brianna MurphyEvents & Communications AssociateHabitat for Humanity of Minnesota

In the words of Governor Tim Walz,...

What to Know About Home Appraisals

Posted at 10:18 AM on May 3, 2022

In today’s hot housing market it can be hard to know how much to offer on a home. There are stories everywhere about buyers...

Welcoming David Milton, Chief Financial Officer

Posted at 12:05 PM on May 2, 2022

We are pleased to announce that David Milton has joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity as the new Chief Financial Officer....

5 Tips for Moving + How to Get Rid of Stuff

Posted at 1:58 PM on April 26, 2022

If you are reading this, that likely means you are moving to a new apartment or home. If that is the case, congratulations! As...

Volunteers Keep Me Coming Back

Posted at 3:30 PM on April 20, 2022

Guest Blog by McKinsie Clyde Twin Cities Habitat Site Supervisor 

I started working with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in 2008...

Hard Hat & Black Tie FAQs

Posted at 3:38 PM on April 19, 2022

Are you ready for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's first in-person Gala in two years?! Our Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is coming...

Live Auction: Bid High at the Gala!

Posted at 10:00 AM on April 14, 2022

Saturday, April 23 is nearly upon us - which means it's time to start thinking about which incredible auction items you'll be...

Corps Week 2022 - A Time of Serving and Celebrating

Posted at 3:41 PM on April 8, 2022

We’re back again with another AmeriCorps Service week! Typically, AmeriCorps cohorts across the nation gather to serve the...

Advocacy and Bringing Legislative Change - Virtual Hill Day 2022

Posted at 5:21 PM on April 6, 2022

With the 2022 Legislative Session halfway over, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Virtual Hill...

Spring Cleaning Your Estate Plans with FreeWill

Posted at 12:00 PM on April 5, 2022

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

Getting the Documents You Need to Apply for Habitat Homeownership

Posted at 11:45 AM on April 4, 2022

No matter what lender you use to buy a home, you will need to gather fairly extensive financial documents in order to go through...

Volunteer Safety is Always our Top Priority

Posted at 10:30 AM on April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022 Update: Masks are now optional regardless of vaccination status for all staff, volunteers, and visitors to our...

ReStore Recap: Spring Cleaning, Donations, and DIY, Oh My!

Posted at 2:23 PM on March 29, 2022

Not only have our ReStore Home Improvement Outlets expanded their pickup radius, but we also have some great tips and tricks for...

Down Payment Assistance in MN: Options for Buying Your First Minnesota Home

Posted at 8:45 AM on March 25, 2022

Buying a home comes with many different expenses that need to be considered. What is your overall price range? What kind of ...

Spring Prep Tips and Tricks

Posted at 4:31 PM on March 23, 2022

At long last…spring has arrived! At Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we know a thing or two about building quality homes and...

How Housing Impacts Health

Posted at 12:20 PM on March 21, 2022

It’s estimated that people spend about 90% of their lives indoors. This highlights how important our homes are to our overall...

Twin Cities Habitat Supports Ukrainian Refugees

Posted at 2:52 PM on March 16, 2022

On Thursday, March 10, we put out a call out to support Habitat's emergency Ukraine response. In less than five days, donors...

Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is Back (in person)!

Posted at 11:52 AM on March 15, 2022

The Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala will be here in less than two months! On Saturday, April 23, join us in person at The Depot –...

Advocacy Update: Federal Policy Priorities for 2022

Posted at 5:00 PM on March 11, 2022

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters advocate for affordable homeownership across all levels of government. In our local...

Places to Volunteer Near Me: Regular Crews in the Twin Cities East Metro

Posted at 6:35 PM on March 8, 2022

Are you someone who likes to learn new things and doesn’t shy away from a challenge? Perhaps you’re wanting to give back to your...

Comparing Mortgages for a First-Time Homebuyer in Minnesota

Posted at 10:00 AM on March 5, 2022

Buying your first home is a complex process (here’s a guide that could help you). A big part of it is selecting the right...

Build Sites That Need Your Help This Spring

Posted at 11:45 AM on March 1, 2022

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer year-round across the...

Honoring Black History Month: Women of the Movement

Posted at 3:58 PM on February 28, 2022

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity sends a heartfelt thank you to Lissa Jones-Lofgren and Deborah Watts for joining our celebration...

How to Win Bidding Wars on Houses: Strategies From Twin Cities Realtors to Get Your Offer Accepted

Posted at 9:17 AM on February 25, 2022

Whether 2022 will be another frenzied year in real estate or things finally cool off a bit, finding strategies to actually get...

Buying Your First Home on the Open Market with Habitat

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 18, 2022

As you’ve dreamed about the best ways to buy a house - and you’ve no doubt gone online and looked at home listings - you may have...

From volunteers to newlyweds: a Habitat love story

Posted at 2:00 PM on February 14, 2022

This blog was originally published in 2018. We're re-sharing it for Valentine's Day with an update from Kathleen and Kyle. Read...

American Rescue Plan and Affordable Housing

Posted at 5:38 PM on February 10, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was first passed by the federal government on March 11, 2021 to bring economic aid caused by...

How Realtors Are Working to Advance Racial Equity in Housing

Posted at 8:15 AM on February 7, 2022

Realtors can play a critical part in reducing the racial disparities in homeownership rates in the Twin Cities and across...

ReStore Recap: Spruce up Your Space with DIY Projects

Posted at 6:22 PM on February 3, 2022

Whether you want to get a jump on spring cleaning, learn to install your own flooring (and buy some from ReStore at a great...

Home Prices Are Rising Faster than Wages in the Twin Cities

Posted at 9:30 AM on February 2, 2022

Over the last few years, historically low interest rates have helped make it more affordable for many people to buy their first...

It’s time to become a Winter Warrior!

Posted at 12:06 PM on February 1, 2022

“We sometimes see a small drop in volunteers during winter months,” says Engagement Associate, Lizzy Reilly. That’s why the...

Why Winter Might Be the Best Time to Buy a House in MN

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 29, 2022

Bare trees, fallen snow, and cold temperatures don't usually make people think of house hunting, but maybe they should! While...

Habitat's Legislative Priorities for 2022

Posted at 12:57 PM on January 28, 2022

Through all our advocacy work, Habitat strives to emphasize the importance of affordable homeownership to leaders in local,...

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Andrew Gets Out of His Comfort Zone

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2022

Guest Blog by Andrew YorkConstruction Volunteer Facilitator & AmeriCorps Member

Have you ever made a big life decision that was...

Why Does Giving Feel So Good?

Posted at 1:00 PM on January 25, 2022

Throughout January, we're showering gratitude on all the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters who make our mission...

Welcoming Erin Jordan, Director of Marketing and Communications

Posted at 5:08 PM on January 21, 2022

We are so excited to announce Erin Jordan as our new Director of Marketing and Communications! Erin started this week and has...

Warm Hearts and Warm Homes

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 18, 2022

Family has always been important to Cynthia. So much so that after working for FedEx for 26 years, she retired early in 2012 in...

A Message from Habitat Board Chair Nikki Sorum

Posted at 8:00 AM on January 14, 2022

Throughout January, we're showering gratitude on all the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters who make our mission...

Cold Home? Here are 5 Heating Assistance Resources

Posted at 12:09 PM on January 13, 2022

Winters in Minnesota are well-known for being both cold and snowy, and we’ve certainly had a lot of both this year. Keeping your...

Understanding the 2022 Minneapolis & St. Paul Budgets

Posted at 1:03 PM on January 10, 2022

It is everyone’s favorite time of year, the start of new local budgets! This past December both Minneapolis and St. Paul adopted...

20+ Years of Warmth and Love in Deborah's Habitat Home

Posted at 9:30 AM on January 7, 2022

Deborah has fond memories of her childhood. Her mom was a natural host, and her home was always filled with people. Friends,...

Start Your Year Right with these 6 Habitat Resolutions

Posted at 4:06 PM on January 4, 2022

2022 is in full swing, and if you're the type of person who likes to have some New Year's Resolutions, we've got some great ideas...

Twin Cities Housing Market Outlook for 2022 with Minneapolis Area REALTORS ®

Posted at 10:15 AM on December 28, 2021

Time to look into the real estate crystal ball (and look at some data) to make predictions about what the trends will be in the...

Ideas to Bring the Family Together over the Holidays

Posted at 9:00 AM on December 22, 2021

During the holiday season, do you look forward to or dread the family table conversations? If you fall into the latter category...

Tips on Maintaining Your Home During Wintertime in Minnesota

Posted at 12:45 PM on December 21, 2021

With the extreme snow and cold we've come to expect during Minnesota winters, our team shares their tips on what you can do as a ...

12 Ways to Celebrate Your Home this Holiday Season

Posted at 10:45 AM on December 20, 2021

We've all spent a lot of time at home this year. Whether it's been time spent working from home or learning from home, that space...

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers from the ReStore

Posted at 11:45 AM on December 17, 2021

Looking for stocking stuffers or smaller gifts this holiday season? The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore Outlets have...

How Much Money Do You Need to Buy A House?

Posted at 10:00 AM on December 15, 2021

There are many factors that go into determining how much money you will need to buy a house. While you may have considered the...

ReStore Recap: Giving Comes in Many Forms

Posted at 1:19 PM on December 13, 2021

'Tis the season for giving, and there are so many ways to do it! From volunteering, to donating, to hand-crafting gifts for your...

How Interest Rates Work and Impact The Cost of a Home [VIDEO]

Posted at 12:17 PM on December 9, 2021

How much do you really pay when you buy a home?

A loan you take out to buy a house is called a mortgage. The mortgage is usually...

Giving Strategies as The Year Comes to a Close

Posted at 1:00 PM on December 8, 2021

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

Home has never been more important. When you donate to Twin...

Introducing Paid Parental Leave for Twin Cities Habitat Employees

Posted at 1:00 PM on December 6, 2021

Great news! Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity recently introduced a new paid parental leave policy for employees.

Under this new...

Volunteer and Warm Your Heart This Winter

Posted at 9:52 AM on December 1, 2021

Calling all Minnesotans! As the weather gets cooler and summer events wind to an end, do you find yourself looking for activities...

Why Your Mortgage Application Was Denied

Posted at 1:13 PM on November 29, 2021

If you want to buy a home, the very first thing a real estate agent is going to tell you to do is to get pre-approved for a...

What We're Grateful For

Posted at 9:00 AM on November 24, 2021

This year, like the year before it, has been incredibly challenging for most of us. That's why it's wonderful to have traditions...

Your Guide to Simple, Successful Fundraising

Posted at 11:00 AM on November 23, 2021

You probably see them whenever you log into Facebook: fundraisers. You see your friends raising money for their favorite causes...

Your Closing Gift Helps the Community and Builds Your Business

Posted at 3:37 PM on November 19, 2021

Most real estate agents, closers, and loan officers provide some form of a closing gift to their clients. If you work in real...

Join us in making a difference in the Twin Cities - volunteer with us!

Posted at 11:57 AM on November 17, 2021

Guest blog by Molly Boland, Engagement Associate at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

After a long time off last winter and...

Race & Housing: The Racialized Impact of Student Loan Debt on Homeownership and Wealth Building

Posted at 2:21 PM on November 10, 2021

Guest Blog by Shoreé Ingram, Director of Equity and Inclusion

There is an old adage that says, “When America gets a cold, Black...

Places to Volunteer Near Me: Regular Crews in the Twin Cities West Metro

Posted at 10:00 AM on November 9, 2021

Looking for a great way to give back to our community, stay active, meet outstanding people, learn something new, and eat yummy...

Giving to Advance Racial Equity in Housing

Posted at 11:58 AM on November 1, 2021

You may know that the Twin Cities often sits near the top of many quality of life measures, including lists related to...

5 Great Reasons to Work at Habitat

Posted at 10:30 AM on October 27, 2021

Guest Blog by Robyn Lodahl, HR Coordinator, and Blake MacKenzie, Communications Specialist

It takes everyone to make Twin Cities...

Habitat Homeowner Celebrates Paying Off Her Mortgage

Posted at 11:48 AM on October 25, 2021

At Habitat, we often say that receiving the keys to your new home is the exciting beginning of your homeownership journey. But an...

ReStore Recap: Your Donations Make an Impact!

Posted at 10:00 AM on October 22, 2021

In this edition of the ReStore Recap, take a look at how the different ways you support Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity have...

Stay Warm and Save Money with These Autumn Energy Tips

Posted at 10:00 AM on October 21, 2021

As the weather gets cooler, most of us are closing our windows and getting ready to turn the heat on in our homes. But as we all...

The Best Volunteering Opportunities from Kids to Retirees, and Everyone in between

Posted at 11:00 AM on October 18, 2021

We put a hold on most volunteering over the last year due to COVID-19 but we're back in action with safety precautions in place!...

[VIDEO] Health, Housing, and Racial Equity: A Discussion with Local Experts

Posted at 4:15 PM on October 15, 2021

Stable, affordable homeownership is essential for public health, racial equity, and generational wealth building. And owning a...

Can a First-Time Homebuyer Use Their 401(k) to Buy a Home?

Posted at 10:15 AM on October 14, 2021

If you’re in the market for your first home and are lucky enough to have a 401(k) through your work, you might be wondering if...

What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Posted at 9:00 AM on October 12, 2021

Ranked Choice Voting is growing in popularity both within Minnesota and across the country (see every place in the United States...

AmeriCorps Spotlight: Brady & Hannah Reflect on Their Service Terms

Posted at 10:00 AM on September 30, 2021

Brady

Brady served as the Volunteer Coordinator during his term, building and maintaining the volunteer base for various Habitat...

Hope Builders Virtual Fundraising Luncheon FAQs

Posted at 10:30 AM on September 28, 2021

The 10th Annual Virtual Hope Builders Fundraising Luncheon is just around the corner! Join us on Thursday, October 7 at noon for ...

Susan Shares Her Regular Crew Experiences

Posted at 1:00 PM on September 27, 2021

Susan has long been involved with her community in one way or another. Whether it’s volunteering with her church, Girl Scouts, or...

The Importance of Local Elections and Why They Affect You

Posted at 1:51 PM on September 21, 2021

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is an advocate for encouraging democratic participation through voting. This year, many cities...

Race and Housing Series: Housing and Heart Health

Posted at 2:08 PM on September 20, 2021

This blog has been updated to include information about a recent Twin Cities Habitat event.

On Thursday, October 7, Twin Cities...

Resilient. Hopeful. Together. At Home.

Posted at 9:30 AM on September 15, 2021

Whether you are a homeowner, volunteer, supporter, client, advocate, team member, or neighbor, you are part of a very special...

Join us for the 10th Annual Hope Builders Virtual Fundraising Luncheon

Posted at 1:23 PM on September 9, 2021

You're invited to join the 10th Annual Hope Builders Virtual Fundraising Luncheon, presented by Women of Habitat, on Thursday,...

Building Pride at Rainbow Build 2021

Posted at 4:00 PM on September 8, 2021

A few weeks ago, we had an amazing time in South St. Paul for Rainbow Build. Volunteers from US Bank, Andersen, and our volunteer...

Sofiya’s Story of Strength and Resilience through Tragedy

Posted at 12:15 PM on September 7, 2021

A tragedy left Sofiya devastated. She found hope in her Habitat home. This is her story. (Content warning: death of a child.)

...

ReStore Recap: Go Back to School with ReStore

Posted at 11:30 AM on September 6, 2021

Fall is approaching and that means it's back-to-school time. See how you can save on new furniture for the dorm room during the...

State Legislators Hammer Out Differences at Red Blue Build

Posted at 12:48 PM on September 3, 2021

On August 3, eight state legislators from across the Twin Cities gathered to volunteer with Habitat for the second annual Red...

Escrow shortage grant for COVID Impact Relief Deferral participants

Posted at 10:00 AM on September 1, 2021

Guest blog by Jesse Lindsey,Homeownership Preservation Assistant

With great pleasure, TCHFH Lending, Inc. is pleased to announce...

Builder's Circle Donors Contribute Volunteer Time, Too

Posted at 1:23 PM on August 30, 2021

Guest blog by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

After taking a year off in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, Twin Cities...

Foreclosure Counseling and Mortgage Assistance for Hennepin County Homeowners

Posted at 1:00 PM on August 23, 2021

Guest blog by Jesse Lindsey, Homeownership Preservation Assistant

Last week, Hennepin County launched the Hennepin County...

Finding Community in Shared Faith and Skills

Posted at 9:39 AM on August 19, 2021

Guest blog by Bryce, Regular volunteer & Pax Christi Crew organizer

I am a retired social worker from Hennepin County. One of my...

Mortgage Calculator: Traditional vs. TruePath Mortgage

Posted at 12:31 PM on August 16, 2021

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

Why Fall and Winter Might Be the Best Time of Year to Buy a House

Posted at 9:30 AM on August 12, 2021

Before the pandemic caused major upheaval in the housing market, fall and winter were often considered the best time to buy for...

A Brush with Kindness Hits a Big Milestone

Posted at 1:00 PM on August 9, 2021

Guest Blog by Mike Robertson, A Brush with Kindness Program Manager

We're celebrating a big milestone with Twin Cities Habitat...

School-Year (& Beyond) Opportunities!

Posted at 9:00 AM on August 6, 2021

Guest blog by Molly Boland, Engagement Associate

Since the fall of 2020, Twin Cities Habitat has conducted remote meetings and...

August is National Make-a-Will Month

Posted at 1:28 PM on August 5, 2021

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

August typically signifies the end of the summer and the...

Volunteering in Retirement: Stave Off Boredom, Live Longer, and Find Your New Purpose

Posted at 9:00 AM on August 4, 2021

Retirement is a time of celebration and relaxation. But for some, leaving work, friends, and the routine behind can be a...

Running for Home

Posted at 10:30 AM on July 29, 2021

Guest Blog by Pam Johnson and Blake MacKenzie

It takes a lot of motivation and dedication to be a runner—especially when you want...

Habitat’s Support of MN's Coronavirus Housing Assistance Program

Posted at 9:30 AM on July 27, 2021

The pandemic reminded us all of the importance of home. It’s where we spent all our time and the one place where we could feel...

On a Mission, Together

Posted at 10:30 AM on July 21, 2021

Imagine, for a moment, the sounds of a Habitat construction site. Hammers striking nails. Table saws whirring. Celebratory cheers...

ReStore Recap: We have a winner!

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 19, 2021

As the season heats up, cool down with the latest ReStore Recap! Learn how to refurbish furniture in need of new life, DIY your...

Habitat Home Celebrations: A Home Is Reading [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:15 AM on July 15, 2021

For the past year, Habitat Home Celebrations have been on hold, but this hasn't stopped us from celebrating the amazing...

Advocacy Update: State Legislative Wins for Homeownership

Posted at 3:16 PM on July 12, 2021

The Minnesota state legislature adjourned its special session on July 7, and Habitat is thrilled to see a number of our main...

What Bethany's Habitat Home has meant to her and her family

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 8, 2021

Over the past few months, we asked Habitat Homeowners to share what their home has meant to them during COVID-19 as part of the...

Race & Housing: Bias in Real Estate

Posted at 4:00 PM on July 6, 2021

From the outside, buying a home can sometimes look easier than it is. In theory, it’s straightforward enough – provide the needed...

The Feeling That's Kept Dawn Volunteering at Habitat for 20 Years [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:00 AM on July 2, 2021

Not a lot has changed about volunteering since Dawn first joined Habitat for Humanity – but you could say a lot has changed about...

Introducing Three New Site Supervisors!

Posted at 2:15 PM on June 28, 2021

Site Supervisors are extremely fundamental to Twin Cities Habitat's mission. We truly could not operate and further affordable...

Celebrating Pride—and the Ongoing Fight for Equity

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 25, 2021

The fight for a more equitable and just world takes many forms. During the last year, we’ve witnessed a global movement for Black...

What to Do When You’re Ready to Sell Your Habitat Home

Posted at 11:30 AM on June 23, 2021

Guest blog by Jesse Lindsey, Homeownership Preservation Assistant

Homeownership is a fundamental part of building strong...

Building a Home: What to Expect at Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sites [VIDEO]

Posted at 3:00 PM on June 21, 2021

Welcome back, volunteers! As of late June 2021, all of us at Habitat are thrilled to welcome back volunteers in full force. Find...

Celebrating Juneteenth: An Interview with Lee Jordan [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 19, 2021

Co-authored by Shoreé Ingram, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Shereese Turner, Chief Program Officer, and Kaitlyn Dormer,...

Volunteer Spotlight: Judy Murakami

Posted at 2:30 PM on June 14, 2021

June 2021 Update: Judy Murakami celebrated her volunteer retirement this month after coordinating the Holy Hammers faith...

ReStore Recap: Donor Spotlights and DIY Projects Galore!

Posted at 2:00 PM on June 11, 2021

As the season heats up, cool down with the latest ReStore Recap! Learn how to refurbish furniture in need of new life, DIY your...

Habitat’s Proactive Approach to Mortgage Flexibility During COVID-19

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 9, 2021

Many Habitat homeowners have been working the front lines of this pandemic. They are healthcare workers, janitors, delivery...

Why Julia loves telling her story of becoming a Habitat homeowner

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 4, 2021

Julia had just finished pulling weeds in the yard of her Habitat home in the Jordan neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Sitting on...

Join Jordan Month of Kindness!

Posted at 3:15 PM on June 1, 2021

For the last five years, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Jordan Area Community Council (JACC) have hosted Jordan Week of...

Interested in Habitat Homeownership? Join an Info Session every Wednesday

Posted at 2:00 PM on May 27, 2021

Have you been considering buying a home with Habitat, but you're not sure where to start? Join us at an upcoming Habitat...

Habitat's Impact on Me and My Time as an Advocacy Intern

Posted at 4:00 PM on May 24, 2021

Guest Blog by Alijhen Rosado, Advocacy Intern

I had the pleasure of interning with the Policy and Advocacy team at Twin Cities...

What to Expect from Your First Financial Coaching Session

Posted at 3:22 PM on May 17, 2021

When you think you might be ready to buy your first home, who do you talk to first? Before going to a loan officer or a realtor,...

Why Preserving Homeownership is a Racial Justice Issue

Posted at 1:21 PM on May 14, 2021

Guest Blog by Mike Robertson, A Brush with Kindness Program Manager

Celebrations Around the Closing Table

Posted at 2:00 PM on May 13, 2021

Buying your first home is such a big deal. There are so many emotions when you are handed the keys and your journey as a new...

How Financial Coaching Makes It Easier to Get Mortgage-Ready

Posted at 11:11 AM on May 10, 2021

The path to homeownership can seem intimidating without a guide. Do you know you want to buy a home but aren't sure if you're...

Get Some Sun & DIY With This New ReStore Recap!

Posted at 10:30 AM on May 7, 2021

Warmer weather means it’s a great time to get outside. Are you looking for some fun outdoor DIY projects? Take a look at our...

My Habitat Virtual Hill Day Experience

Posted at 1:00 PM on May 6, 2021

Guest Blog by Kevin White

Marilyn Shares How the Northwest Regulars Have Helped Her Learn and Grow

Posted at 10:30 AM on May 4, 2021

On Monday, April 5, Twin Cities Habitat celebrated the return of our regular crew volunteers! After a few months away due to...

Virtual Hard Hat was the best sLumber Party of the year!

Posted at 3:30 PM on April 30, 2021

This past Saturday, Twin Cities Habitat's Hard Hat & Black Tie Virtual Gala turned out to be the best sLumber Party of the year —...

Sustainably Building Community: Partners Wanted

Posted at 10:30 AM on April 29, 2021

How do we build wealth in communities we haven’t invested in for generations?

“It’s got to be sustainable,” says Sammy, the...

Advocacy Priority Deep Dive: Supporting the Challenge Program

Posted at 2:57 PM on April 27, 2021

Each year, Habitat supporters from across Minnesota come together to ask our state lawmakers to prioritize affordable...

The Importance of Senior Independence

Posted at 11:30 AM on April 23, 2021

As you get older, you may become more dependent on others. But your independence as a senior doesn't have to be defined by your...

A Breath of Relief - Statement from Chris Coleman

Posted at 4:36 PM on April 20, 2021

All Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity locations are closed for the remainder of today, April 20 and all of tomorrow, April 21...

Virtual Hard Hat & Black Tie FAQs

Posted at 2:00 PM on April 19, 2021

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

It's National Volunteer Recognition Week!

Posted at 9:20 AM on April 19, 2021

Guest blog by Brady Tongen, Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps Service Member

Each year, nonprofits and communities celebrate...

Corps Week 2021 Provides a Chance to Serve the Twin Cities

Posted at 3:52 PM on April 16, 2021

Every spring, AmeriCorps cohorts across the country spend a week performing service projects away from their host sites. Whether...

Minneapolis Zoning: Some Positives, but More Changes Needed

Posted at 11:15 AM on April 14, 2021

Racial equity and anti-racism are embedded in our mission, vision, and values. We strive to learn from our national and local...

Premier Auction: Bid High at the Virtual Gala!

Posted at 2:51 PM on April 13, 2021

The best virtual party of the year is just around the corner! Clear your calendar on Saturday, April 24 and join us at 7:00 p.m....

Join the Best Virtual Party of the Year!

Posted at 4:21 PM on April 5, 2021

April in Minnesota has arrived, which means that all of us at Twin Cities Habitat are gearing up for the BEST party of the year!...

Let's Begin a New Season of Home Improvement [ReStore Recap]

Posted at 2:45 PM on April 2, 2021

ReStore has been busy now that Spring is here! Continue to donate items that still have value, and stop by to pick up materials...

How Much Does it Cost to Age in Place?

Posted at 8:00 AM on March 31, 2021

When weighing senior living options, cost is one of the first questions on many lists. "How much will I spend on assisted...

What's a Real Estate Comp List, and How Can It Help First-Time Homebuyers?

Posted at 10:35 AM on March 29, 2021

When you buy a home, how do you know what's a fair price? A home inspection can tell you if there are structural issues and a...

CEO Chris Coleman Reflects on the Pandemic Year

Posted at 10:30 AM on March 25, 2021

One year ago, I spent a good portion of my Saint Patrick’s Day in the Atlanta airport. It is not the place that any proud...

Former AmeriCorps Members Share Office Experiences

Posted at 10:00 AM on March 25, 2021

Have you ever wanted to know more about how our AmeriCorps office positions can help you meet your career goals? Twin Cities...

How TruePath Mortgage Increases Homeownership Opportunities

Posted at 3:03 PM on March 23, 2021

The path to homeownership is full of obstacles. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity helps make those obstacles easier to navigate,...

Paycheck to Payments: Budgeting a Monthly Mortgage Based on Income

Posted at 10:30 AM on March 19, 2021

Before you buy a new home, the first thing you should do is determine what you can afford. Experts recommend that you spend no...

Selling Back a Habitat Home for the Next Generation

Posted at 2:00 PM on March 18, 2021

Buying a home with Habitat is transformative for a family in many ways. But every homeowner’s journey is unique. Some Habitat...

The Questions Your Realtor Can't Answer and Why

Posted at 3:03 PM on March 17, 2021

When you're looking at homes, you want a REALTOR® who can help you make the right choice. But there are certain kinds of...

When Buying a Home, Don't Forget the Roof Inspection

Posted at 10:45 AM on March 16, 2021

To land their dream home in today’s ultra-competitive real estate market, buyers are making unexpected compromises. Making offers...

Advocacy Update: State Legislative Session Progress

Posted at 4:09 PM on March 12, 2021

The Minnesota State Legislature kicked off its 2021 session on January 5. While many legislative meetings, committee hearings,...

Welcome Aboard! Introducing Seven New Habitat Board Members

Posted at 12:48 PM on March 11, 2021

Originally published November 20, 2020. Updated to reflect additional new board members and a new Executive Committee.

The Board...

Getting the Documents You Need to Apply for Habitat Homeownership

Posted at 9:00 AM on March 11, 2021

If you're eligible for the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Financial Coaching Program, you will still need to submit your...

New Skills and Experiences Make for a Meaningful AmeriCorps Experience

Posted at 10:00 AM on March 10, 2021

Guest blog by Avery Pelletier, Construction Volunteer Facilitator and AmeriCorps Service Member

Donate Your Car to Habitat’s Cars for Homes Program!

Posted at 10:38 AM on March 9, 2021

Do you have a car you’re ready to get rid of? Consider making a Cars for Homes™ vehicle donation to benefit Twin Cities Habitat...

Virtual International Women Build Week 2021

Posted at 11:03 AM on March 8, 2021

Guest blog by Shelby Schmidt, Senior Engagement Associate

Monday marks the kick-off of Habitat for Humanity’s International Women...

Advocate for Affordable Homeownership at Virtual Hill Day

Posted at 3:02 PM on March 4, 2021

The Twin Cities Habitat Advocacy Team is excited to invite you to attend Virtual Hill Day in just a couple months! Since the...

The Definition of a First-Time Homebuyer is Broader Than You Think

Posted at 11:00 AM on March 2, 2021

If you’ve owned a home before, you might not consider yourself a first-time homebuyer. But don’t pass by those first-time...

Aging in Place Options Beyond "Stay at Home" or "Move"

Posted at 12:00 PM on March 1, 2021

There comes a time when all of us need to decide whether to stay at home or move to a more suitable place. It's not an easy...

The JCRC Regular Crew Brings Many Together in Service

Posted at 9:00 AM on February 26, 2021

As the coordinator of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) regular crew for Twin Cities Habitat, Mike Frisch has worked...

ReStore Recap: Your Questions, Answered!

Posted at 8:31 AM on February 25, 2021

If you have questions about the ReStore, take a look at this Recap, since we'll be answering a lot of them! You'll also find a...

When can a home be considered affordable?

Posted at 8:18 AM on February 23, 2021

Across the housing industry, and within our own homeownership program, the rule of 30% has long been the standard in determining...

Advocacy Update: Prioritizing Homeownership at the Federal Level

Posted at 5:03 PM on February 22, 2021

Each year, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity heads to Washington, DC for Habitat on the Hill, a federal advocacy conference hosted...

6 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score Before Your First Home Mortgage

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 18, 2021

Whether you’re actively searching or simply thinking about starting to look for a home, you can put this time to good use by...

A Brush With Kindness Can Ease a Burden During a Difficult Time

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 17, 2021

Amber and her children moved into their house in 2006. Her home was wonderful, but over time certain repairs came to be too much...

The 4 Main Reasons Seniors Leave Their Homes Before They Really Need To

Posted at 11:30 AM on February 16, 2021

At some point in life, seniors realize they have a decision to make: "Can I stay at home instead of moving?" It could be due to...

Dear Valentine, we really dig you!

Posted at 8:34 AM on February 14, 2021

Guest blog by Shelby Schmidt, Senior Engagement Associate

Over the last two weeks, you all have shown some love to Habitat and...

What to Expect from the Twin Cities Housing Market in 2021

Posted at 1:30 PM on February 12, 2021

2020 was challenging, to say the least, and the Twin Cities housing market changed rapidly to keep up. While the world navigates...

Appraisals: A Question for Realtors

Posted at 12:15 PM on February 11, 2021

Guest Blog by Jen LaCroix, Community Loan Officer

Appraisals tend to spark differing and strong opinions; ask any Realtor® or...

Allowance Donations Make a Huge Impact

Posted at 11:30 AM on February 10, 2021

Throughout January, Twin Cities Habitat showered gratitude on all the amazing supporters and donors who make our mission...

Rewarding Repairs: Volunteers Face Challenges With a Smile

Posted at 10:00 AM on February 9, 2021

The A Brush With Kindness regular crew is known as the "ARegs." The crew does a variety of work for homeowners looking for...

I'm a big fan of yours—we [heart] ReStore!

Posted at 8:43 AM on February 8, 2021

Guest blog by Molly Boland, Engagement Associate Sean Koebele, Volunteer and Donor Engagement Manager

This week, we’re sharing...

What is the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance?

Posted at 1:00 PM on February 5, 2021

Guest Blog by Allie Gaddis, Strategy and Impact Manager

“We all do better when we all do better” is a phrase we heard over and...

Here's what Winter Warriors have been up to while you were away

Posted at 10:02 AM on February 4, 2021

Guest Blog by Jake Kirchgessner, Director of Field Operations, with many contributions from Site Staff and AmeriCorps Members 

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A Reflection on A Brush With Kindness' Work in 2020

Posted at 3:00 PM on February 3, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, A Brush With Kindness has continued to do health and safety repairs and exterior painting for...

Home Modifications for Seniors to Make Aging in Place Simpler

Posted at 9:15 AM on February 2, 2021

Safety is one of the main reasons seniors move out of their houses. If you or a loved one are among the 90% of people who want to...

Was it Love at First Site?

Posted at 9:11 AM on February 1, 2021

Guest blog by Jackie Peak, Senior Engagement Associate

Think back to the first moment you stepped on a Habitat construction site....

Ashley's Work with Age Well at Home Helps Keep Clients Safe

Posted at 2:30 PM on January 26, 2021

Though the program is only a couple of years old, Age Well at Home™ (formerly Age in Place) has already made an incredible...

9 Home Inspection Issues That Can Be Deal-Breakers

Posted at 3:48 PM on January 25, 2021

Before buying a house, every person needs to have a home inspection. The professional who looks over the house will likely find...

When is Aging in Place Right for You or Your Loved One?

Posted at 11:00 AM on January 22, 2021

The decision to live at home as an older adult can be a difficult one for loved ones, caretakers, and most of all, seniors...

Karen and David Bring Family and Friends Together for Home Sponsorship

Posted at 4:29 PM on January 21, 2021

Throughout January, we're showering gratitude on all the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters who make our mission...

Mapping Disinvestment & Displacement: A Conversation with Dr. Brittany Lewis

Posted at 8:30 AM on January 20, 2021

This blog is part of our Race & Housing series. Click here to learn more about this series and why it's important.

If you looked...

Celebrating Women Build 2020 [VIDEO]

Posted at 1:00 PM on January 19, 2021

Guest blog by Shelby Schmidt, Senior Engagement Associate 

WOW, we made it! With 2020 behind us, it’s time to celebrate the...

Service is Our Antidote to Hopelessness

Posted at 10:00 AM on January 18, 2021

Guest blog by Maddie Christy, Construction Volunteer Facilitator and AmeriCorps Service Member 

Following my sophomore year of...

A Message from Habitat Board Chair John Walbrun

Posted at 2:04 PM on January 15, 2021

Throughout January, we're showering gratitude on all the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters who make our mission...

Partnering to Support North Minneapolis Businesses

Posted at 3:24 PM on January 14, 2021

Small business owners can be the lifeblood of a community, but 2020 was particularly challenging for this group. That’s why Twin...

Angel Recounts the Many Benefits of Her Habitat Home

Posted at 11:42 AM on January 7, 2021

Throughout January, we're showering gratitude on all the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity supporters who make our mission...

The Best Technologies to Make Aging in Place Easy for Anyone

Posted at 1:17 PM on January 5, 2021

When staying at home longer, seniors often look for ways to make life easier in the space they have. Modern technology is one of...

ReStore Recap: New Year, New Hours!

Posted at 12:00 PM on January 4, 2021

Happy New Year! We are happy to see 2020 wrap and look forward to a hopefully better, brighter 2021. ReStore Recap is here to...

Repaired Walls and a New Kitchen Table Make Charles' Life Easier

Posted at 8:39 AM on December 31, 2020

As you get older and retire, you’ll likely spend more time in your home than you did previously. This is certainly the case for...

Habitat's Top Ten Stories of 2020

Posted at 12:49 PM on December 29, 2020

As we approach the end of 2020, it might be tempting to close the book on this turbulent year and not look back. But when we do...

The Health Implications of Moving as a Senior

Posted at 9:00 AM on December 22, 2020

Moving from your home can be an arduous process for anyone. For seniors, moving can affect physical, mental, and emotional...

'Third Act' Regular Crew Provides Activity and Purpose

Posted at 2:28 PM on December 21, 2020

Barry Mason has long been a dedicated volunteer at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Sharon, first got involved...

Advocacy Update: Housing on the Local Level

Posted at 5:19 PM on December 16, 2020

The air is getting crisp, snow is beginning to fall, and loved ones prepare to hunker down for the winter. That must mean ‘tis...

Age Well at Home: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Age in Place Program

Posted at 1:56 PM on December 14, 2020

Every adult should have the right to live independently, even as they age. That's the basis of Age Well at HomeTM (formerly Age...

The Journey from AmeriCorps to Business Engagement Director

Posted at 11:00 AM on December 10, 2020

Have you been wondering how a service term with AmeriCorps could help your career? We spoke with Heather Englander, a Twin Cities...

A Brush with Kindness Makes David's Home More Accessible

Posted at 11:00 AM on December 8, 2020

Guest Blog by Mike Robertson, A Brush with Kindness Program Manager 

Feeling safe in your own home is central to being happy...

When a Habitat Home Becomes a Launching Pad for Success

Posted at 9:30 AM on December 3, 2020

Guest Post by Lucinda Winter

Vera knows first-hand the benefits of growing up in a Habitat home. Vera, her mother Melo, and her...

Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Mortgage Lender

Posted at 10:00 AM on December 2, 2020

Whether you’re buying your first home or your third, chances are you’ll find yourself looking for a mortgage lender. Since the...

Looking for the Perfect Gift? Give the Gift of Home

Posted at 9:00 AM on December 1, 2020

We've all been there, empty-handed (or empty-carted) after hours of searching for the perfect gift. A quick Google search for...