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Guest blog by Caitlin Magistad
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

On April 26, more than 115 Habitat Housing Heroes took over the Minnesota Capitol to advocate for affordable housing at Habitat on the Hill MN 2018! Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity advocates for affordable housing policies and funding at the local, state, and federal levels because we know Habitat can't simply build our way out of our community's current housing affordability crisis. In order to achieve our mission to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience, it will take resources and commitments from public and private sectors alike to ensure that all our neighbors have a safe, stable place to live.

The first time that Sharon Mason went to the State Capitol to advocate with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, here’s how she felt: “I had butterflies, I feared that I didn’t have enough expertise to talk to my legislators, I was somewhat intimidated by the largess and grandeur of my surroundings…and I didn’t even know where I was supposed to park.”

Now, Sharon regularly updates her legislators on the latest affordable housing news throughout the legislative session. She’s brought friends to the Capitol who are now passionate advocates as well. And she definitely knows where to park.

Guest Blog by Pam Johnson
Public Policy & Advocacy Manager

Team Advocacy is six weeks into the state legislative Session with a FULL Agenda! 

Our statewide Homes for All Coalition (200+ organizations) is working to secure and protect resources for affordable housing across the continuum, seeking $140 million in bonding and $10 million in appropriations from the state’s General Fund.

Guest Blog by Polina Montes De Oca
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

On February 14th, 350 Habitat affiliate staff and Habitat homeowners from all over the nation filled the Unites States Capitol to advocate for affordable housing resources with their members of Congress. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) hosts Habitat on the Hill: DC on an annual basis, a two-day conference setting the political scene and equipping us to meet with our legislators. This year, I had the opportunity to participate in the event along with my colleagues Dennis Chick, our warehouse manager, Pam Johnson and Caitlin Magistad, our advocacy team staff, and Susan Haigh, our CEO. Did you know that Minnesota has a total of 30 Habitat affiliates? We also were joined by Rochester Area HFH Director Kevin Worden, Rice County HFH Dayna Norvold and Concordia Moorhead College Campus Chapter Angie Stahlmann.

Last week and this week, more than 60 volunteers are participating in the 4th annual Rainbow Build, which aims to raise awareness for issues involving affordable housing in the LGBTQ community. It’s an opportunity for LGBTQ volunteers and allies to spend a day building with us and learning about the unique housing challenges that impact this community.

Guest Blog by Pam Johnson
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

A recent visit to a Habitat home build in Bloomington illuminates the strong public-private partnership that makes Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity so successful.  Congressman Erik Paulsen met with staff and volunteers at the Bloomington Entrepreneurs House during the August Congressional Recess, and received an informative and entertaining tour from Site Supervisor David Michaelson and AmeriCorps Isaac Mathison-Bowie. The “E- House” is a community service project that brings together companies, investment firms, and other businesses serving the entrepreneurial community to build a home with Twin Cities Habitat and a homebuyer family.

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