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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

Have you heard about the Census? Whether the answer is yes or no, the Census is more than just a form! It is both an...

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...

What Experts Expect From the 2020 Minnesota Housing Market

Posted at 9:37 AM on January 14, 2020

Are you planning to buy your first home in 2020? Congratulations! Homeownership is a goal for many people, and house hunting...

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

Last week, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity hosted our annual Women of Habitat Hope Builders Luncheon. The highlight of the...

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...

Celebrating Women Build 2019

Posted at 11:40 AM on June 29, 2019

Guest blog written by Shelby VraspierTwin Cities Habitat Engagement Associate

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is extremely...

Celebrating and Learning with our LGBTQIA community

Posted at 2:00 PM on June 28, 2019

As an organization, Twin Cities Habitat has been dedicating time and resources to fully embrace our newest value of Equity &...

Ducks in a row: Documents to gather when buying your first house

Posted at 8:15 AM on June 26, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Multiply the Action: Challenge Your Friends to Donate

Posted at 11:40 AM on June 20, 2019

Did you know that June is National Homeownership Month? It's a great time to reflect on the impact that owning a home has on...

Homeownership Month: Window Safety Tips

Posted at 9:00 AM on June 19, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Homeownership Month: What to Know Before Opening the Door to the Mortgage Loan Process

Posted at 10:30 AM on June 17, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Twin Cities Habitat Office AmeriCorps

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 15, 2019

Chances are, you've seen one of our Construction Volunteer Facilitator AmeriCorps members out on site when you volunteer....

Homeownership Month: A Guide to Homeowners Insurance

Posted at 1:28 PM on June 14, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Introducing the Cost of Home National Advocacy Campaign

Posted at 6:30 AM on June 12, 2019

An affordable home impacts everything, from strengthening our families to contributing to our region's economic prosperity....

Daniel's Story: Our home means more than words can describe

Posted at 8:54 AM on June 11, 2019

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

Homeownership Month: Maintaining Your Toilets

Posted at 3:34 PM on June 10, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Homeownership Month: 10 Things to Consider Before Buying or Refinancing a Home

Posted at 8:45 AM on June 7, 2019

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're sharing educational resources for homebuyers and homeowners written by some...

Everything You Need to Know Before Volunteering on a Home Build with Habitat for Humanity [VIDEO]

Posted at 8:15 AM on June 6, 2019

One of the most popular and well-known ways to support Habitat for Humanity is volunteering on a home construction site.

Reflections on a year at Habitat: Learning from our history

Posted at 4:50 PM on June 5, 2019

This week marks my one-year anniversary as President and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat. In that time, I’ve learned a lot. I have...

2019 Housing Advocacy at the Capitol Pays Off

Posted at 4:46 PM on June 4, 2019

Guest blog by Pam JohnsonPolicy and Advocacy Manager at Twin Cities Habitat

Over the last few months, Twin Cities Habitat...

How Habitat partners with local nonprofits to expand homeownership

Posted at 3:00 PM on June 4, 2019

The mission of HIRED and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity are very much aligned. We're both committed to partnering with...

Celebrating Homeownership and Partnership

Posted at 2:46 PM on June 3, 2019

We recently dedicated a home that was special in the hearts of many. The site on Jenks Avenue was an adventure in many ways,...

Realtor Networking Groups: 9 Groups You Should Join in 2019

Posted at 8:45 AM on May 31, 2019

If you're a new realtor, looking for new business can be a full-time job by itself. It takes time to build up a network of...

Meet Jennifer: Program Information Center Volunteer

Posted at 8:45 AM on May 29, 2019

Program Information Center (PIC)

Jennifer volunteers as a Program Information Center (PIC) volunteer and we are so thankful!...

10 things you might not know about Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Posted at 12:14 PM on May 28, 2019

Almost everyone has heard of Habitat for Humanity. And that’s awesome! But sometimes we discover misconceptions about what we...

Not Your Average Joe

Posted at 10:43 AM on May 23, 2019

Here at Twin Cities Habitat, we feel lucky to work with such knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We knew that was exactly what...

Join us at Jordan Week of Kindness 2019

Posted at 10:17 AM on May 22, 2019

Guest blog by Polina Montes de Oca, Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager

Have you heard? Jordan Week of Kindness (JWOK)...

Construction kicks off at 11-home development in North End

Posted at 9:19 AM on May 21, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity recently kicked off construction at our new development in St. Paul's North End...

Build. Laugh. Love.

Posted at 10:00 AM on May 18, 2019

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

Five Years in a New Home for Habitat

Posted at 6:00 PM on May 15, 2019

Guest blog written by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

It’s been five years since Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity...

Empowerment in Building

Posted at 1:33 PM on May 10, 2019

As you may have read on our previous blog, Holy Hammers, a faith coalition group  is celebrating their 20th year in...

Breaking Records at Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala

Posted at 9:30 AM on May 10, 2019

 Wow – this year’s Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala was a huge success!

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

Posted at 8:45 AM on May 9, 2019

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

You gave. Now Naja gives back.

Posted at 2:51 PM on May 7, 2019

On a hot summer day, you might find Naja out on a Habitat build site with her volunteer crew from Securian Financial. As she...

DeAngela's Story: This home has saved my life

Posted at 8:31 AM on May 3, 2019

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

Housing Heroes Advocate at Habitat on the Hill

Posted at 1:58 PM on May 2, 2019

On April 29, 112 Housing Heroes from seven Habitat affiliates across the state and Habitat Minnesota gathered at the Capitol...

Finding a Fresh Start with Service

Posted at 10:05 AM on May 1, 2019

Guest blog by AmeriCorps Construction Volunteer Facilitator, Mickey

ReStore Recap: Upcycle Challenge Winners and Transformations

Posted at 3:20 PM on April 30, 2019

The ReStore is not only a great resource for upcycling and home improvement projects, but a source of transformation and...

Home Rehab: 10 Things You Should NEVER Do to Your Home

Posted at 10:45 AM on April 29, 2019

One of the perks of owning your own home is making it your own. Home rehab and choosing which projects you want to do is half...

What is Private Mortgage Insurance and How Do I Avoid It?

Posted at 10:24 AM on April 26, 2019

Many first-time buyers haven’t even heard of private mortgage insurance (or PMI for short). What is private mortgage...

Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala Live Auction Preview

Posted at 4:50 PM on April 25, 2019

Here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re gearing up for the party of the year! The 2019 Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is on...

Dedicating the First House That Beer Built

Posted at 10:20 AM on April 24, 2019

It's been a fun and interesting ride, but the time finally came for the first House That Beer Built to be dedicated!

New Real Estate Agent Checklist: How to Attract and Retain New Listings

Posted at 11:30 AM on April 22, 2019

So, you just became a real estate agent. Congratulations!

Now what?

The real estate industry is fun, challenging, and...

AmeriCorps Alumni Build

Posted at 9:11 AM on April 19, 2019

If you read our blogs frequently, you know that being an AmeriCorps member with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is a great...

Online House Hunting Checklist: Tips to Narrow Down Your Search

Posted at 12:00 PM on April 17, 2019

Searching for your first home is so exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming, especially if you're not sure what you...

Habitat 500: Steve's 22 Years of Fundraising

Posted at 2:51 PM on April 16, 2019

Guest blogger: Steve O’MalleyHabitat 500 rider and supporter

All About Twin Cities Habitat Events

Posted at 4:08 PM on April 15, 2019

Have you heard about Twin Cities Habitat's Multiplying the Impact five-year fundraising campaign? It's all about folks like...

First-Time Homebuyers: Questions to Ask When Interviewing Realtors®

Posted at 9:30 AM on April 13, 2019

The process of buying your first home is exciting. It’s also complicated. But a good REALTOR® can guide you every step of the...

Allina Health and Twin Cities Habitat team up to support homeowners aging in place

Posted at 8:43 AM on April 12, 2019

 

St. Paul, MN – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Allina Health have launched a partnership to support older low-income...

National Volunteer Week: Help Homeowners Age in Place

Posted at 9:45 AM on April 11, 2019

Guest Blog written by Pat LundTwin Cities Habitat Age In Place Program Manager

Twin Cities Habitat is responding to a growing...

Building Community through Volunteering & Advocacy

Posted at 9:00 AM on April 10, 2019

Guest blog written by Shannon Twiss, Lead Volunteer Coordinator, and Greta Gaetz, Local/Regional Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

The 10 "Worst things" about serving in the Habitat AmeriCorps Program

Posted at 10:15 AM on April 9, 2019

Guest blog written by Shannon Twiss, Lead Volunteer Coordinator

Welcome, reader, to my experience as an AmeriCorps member over...

National Volunteer Week Kick-Off 2019

Posted at 9:45 AM on April 8, 2019

Guest blog by Shannon TwissVolunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member

April 8-12 is National Volunteer Recognition week, not...

Homeownership Stories from Habitat Staff: Shereese's Story

Posted at 11:59 AM on April 4, 2019

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

Melo's Story: The Most Famous House in North Minneapolis

Posted at 12:17 PM on April 3, 2019

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

ReStore Recap: Deals, Donations, and First Hand Experiences

Posted at 3:58 PM on April 2, 2019

Through ReStore, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is able to provide the community with all kinds of home improvement supplies...

Holy Hammers: The Legacy of Faith in Action

Posted at 12:51 PM on March 28, 2019

The relationship between Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Holy Hammers started in 1999, and continues to this day. The...

Tips for Writing an Irresistible House Offer Letter

Posted at 4:30 PM on March 27, 2019

 

The process of buying a home is essentially the same as it's always been. But when there are a lot of people who want to...

Advocacy 101: Why Twin Cities Habitat Advocates for Affordable Housing

Posted at 3:01 PM on March 22, 2019

What do you think about when you hear the word advocacy? For some people, advocacy might sound broad, unfamiliar, and even...

10 Days of AmeriCorps - AmeriCorps Service Trip 2019

Posted at 11:30 AM on March 18, 2019

Welcome all, to the adventure of the 2018-19 AmeriCorps members! Every year, our AmeriCorps members take a trip to learn more...

Apartment Hunting? Think Again! The Benefits of Homeownership

Posted at 11:00 AM on March 15, 2019

Are you almost at the end of your current lease and thinking about apartment hunting? Before you begin searching for another...

What is a CDFI and why is it great for Twin Cities Habitat?

Posted at 10:06 AM on March 14, 2019

In 2018, TCHFH Lending, Inc. (the wholly-owned nonprofit mortgage company of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity) became...

ReStore Recap: Make Your Shopping, Donating, and DIYing Earth-Friendly

Posted at 9:30 AM on March 13, 2019

As many of you know, here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and at both of our Habitat ReStore outlets, we put a focus on...

Tips on maintaining your home during wintertime in Minnesota

Posted at 1:00 PM on March 6, 2019

With the extreme snow and cold we've recently experienced here in the Twin Cities, our team of experts wanted to share their...

Chris Coleman creates C-Suite and welcomes four new Habitat board members

Posted at 10:44 AM on February 28, 2019

We’re so excited to introduce a newly restructured Executive Leadership Team at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and to...

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

Posted at 5:01 PM on February 25, 2019

You’ve probably heard about the affordable housing crisis we’re facing right now in the Twin Cities. Rents and housing costs...

Homeowner Buffy's Story Makes an Impact at Habitat on the Hill D.C.

Posted at 5:00 PM on February 21, 2019

It was halfway through our Habitat advocacy day in D.C., and we were really starting to feel the five miles of walking. Our...

Meet Wendy: A Habitat for Humanity Volunteer and Carpenter's Club Member

Posted at 9:38 AM on February 19, 2019

Wendy Harris is a giver. She gives her time, her talents, her knowledge, her friendship, her physical labor, and even her money...

ReStore Recap: A Month of Inspired DIY!

Posted at 1:36 PM on February 18, 2019

This past month on the ReStoration Corner Blog has been all about inspired DIY projects. Whether it's a calendar of crafts, a...

In her own words, Beth shares her neighborhood experience

Posted at 4:03 PM on February 15, 2019

We asked Beth a few questions about her experience with Jordan Week of Kindness and Twin Cities Habitat's A Brush with...

Can I Buy A Home if I Have Collections on My Credit Report?

Posted at 9:10 AM on February 14, 2019

Because buying a home is a big (and exciting!) investment, many people have questions about the finance part of the process. A...

A Place for Everything and Everyone

Posted at 2:58 PM on February 7, 2019

LaShonda was in a bind: with her good job as an x-ray technician, her income was too high to qualify for things like food or...

Habitat Homeowners Share Their Top Tips

Posted at 9:50 AM on February 5, 2019

Twin Cities Habitat recently expanded its homeownership program to include the option of buying with Habitat on the open real...

What Realtors® Should Know About Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program

Posted at 8:30 AM on February 1, 2019

When you think of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program, you might imagine a family buying a...

It takes more than a brush

Posted at 5:13 PM on January 28, 2019

A few years ago, Audua watched an A Brush with Kindness presentation during a Jordan Area Community Council board meeting,...

Living Commitment to Service

Posted at 12:00 PM on January 25, 2019

On January 21, AmeriCorps members across Minnesota gathered in service to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

Excitement in the Air

Posted at 12:00 PM on January 24, 2019

If you haven't been to a Habitat dedication yet, we highly recommend them. These joyful events show the full extent of what...

ReStore Recap: Tidying Up and Making Tax-Deductible Donations with ReStore

Posted at 9:00 AM on January 23, 2019

If you've spent any time on Netflix or social media lately, chances are you've seen or read a mention of Marie Kondo. Her new...