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

Besides building, repairing, and selling homes to families with an affordable mortgage, Twin Cities Habitat also adapts land to be safe and ready for home construction. Depending on the property, the land development process could involve anything from building roads and walkways to constructing public alleys or installing sewer and water connections.

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

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U.S. Bank is pledging $500,000 over five years to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s critical home repair program, A Brush with Kindness. U.S. Bank has been the Program Sponsor for A Brush with Kindness since 2010.

U.S. Bank’s commitment translates into more families being prepared to succeed as homeowners and more families being stable in their homes long term. The company joins Twin Cities Habitat’s efforts to rally the community through its Multiplying the Impact campaign, a five-year $55 million fundraising campaign to double Habitat homeownership opportunities for Twin Cities families.

Twin Cities Habitat is proud to announce that Bremer Bank has committed to be the primary partner in its new Home Loan Impact Fund. Bremer has agreed to purchase up to 500 below-market Habitat mortgages over the next four years, more than doubling the number of local families that can partner with Twin Cities Habitat on affordable homeownership.

On Friday, May 20th, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction of Habitat’s newest ReStore. Gold-painted sledgehammers were used to knock down drywall. The new store, located at 2700 Minnehaha Avenue South, is slated to open in early fall of 2016. It will be the latest retail outlet focusing on reuse and recycling in the area popularly known as the Minnehaha Mile.

St. Paul, MN – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that Robyn Bipes will be joining the organization in a newly created role, Vice President of Loan Fund and Mortgage Lending as the organization prepares to dramatically expand its Homeownership Program. Bipes brings tremendous experience to the position, including a background in affordable housing finance, underwriting, development, programs and policy.

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