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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.

The Home Depot Foundation is serious about helping America's Veterans get, and keep, decent, affordable housing. That commitment drove the foundation to provide Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with a $200,000 grant for work targeting Twin Cities Veterans in need of some help. 

This grant was awarded as part of the latest round of grants from The Home Depot Foundation – totaling $3.9 million – in support of its five-year, $80 million commitment to ensure every Veteran has a safe place to call home. Since launching its commitment in the spring of 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has contributed $65.7 million to the issue, impacting more than 10,195 units of Veterans housing. 

Here in the Twin Cities, the money from the grant will go toward helping two Veterans families buy homes affordably through Habitat's homeownership program and, in addition, making critically needed repairs for 20 other Veteran homeowners.

Twin Cities Habitat has been awarded $425,166 from Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to build and rehab five homes in 2013. The grant provides 50% of the cost of construction, and was given to Twin Cities Habitat by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a unique partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International.

When: Dedication Event at 6pm Thursday, December 20, 2012
Where: 3317 Texas Avenue in St. Louis Park
What: This special home dedication ceremony will include three families celebrating their new Habitat homes this holiday season. All three homes were sponsored and built by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. The 3317 Texas Avenue home where this event is taking place is the 2,000th Habitat home built by volunteers in Minnesota over the past three decades. Habitat home dedications are always open to the public. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal will be part of this special event.

A good roof is a must for a home in Minnesota. Yet too many Twin Cities families live under inadequate or dilapidated roofs. Thanks to Owens Corning’s donation of more than 100,000 shingles, Twin Cities Habitat will be able to ensure a lot more families have a safe roof in the coming year. These shingles will be enough to cover more than 60 roofs. 

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