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Building Community Blog

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.

Guest Blog by Caitlin Magistad
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Staff

This past week, July 22 -29, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity joined Habitat affiliates and other affordable housing supporters across the country in Our Homes, Our Voices, a national week of action calling on members of Congress to invest more federal resources in affordable housing. Throughout the week, there were almost 60 events planned in 27 different states, ranging from letter-writing and phone call campaigns to rallies and press conferences.

The Habitat Housing Hero advocates were really active during the 2017 legislative session and all that work paid off as lawmakers approved significant investments in the places Minnesotans call home.

The statewide Homes for All coalition laid the groundwork for this success with bold proposals to start the session. Here are the pieces of the Homes for All agenda that ultimately got passed:

 In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to take a moment to recognize and encourage volunteering through advocacy and community engagement with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity! We truly believe that by working together, so much can be accomplished even without hammers and hard hats. Last Tuesday, those who gathered at the State Capitol for Habitat on the Hill used their voices as their power tool. 

If there was a Housing Hero spotlight beacon (think Bat-Signal) that we could turn on above the State Capitol in St. Paul we’d be doing it right now. The capitol is flooded with activity these days as invigorated citizens visit lawmakers with all kinds of requests. So, if you want to see our leaders make smart investments in the places we call home—now is the time to act. It’s really easy.

Here are four free ways you can have an impact by raising your voice.

Guest Blog by Julia Brauchle
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Staff

Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. with six other Habitat staff from the Twin Cities and Rochester affiliates to attend Habitat on the Hill, our annual legislative conference. Just under 300 attendees from across the nation gathered to learn, share, and advocate.

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