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WE ARE OPERATING VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE READ THE DETAILS HERE.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Last updated: March 27, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.

Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Twin Cities Habitat community— staff, clients, volunteers, supporters, and all our neighbors across Minnesota.

Following the model of Governor Walz and his administration, we are taking a phased approach during this time to allow for appropriate planning.

As of Monday, March 30, Twin Cities Habitat will operate virtually until further notice. Our office staff will work remotely to virtually support clients' financial wellness and homebuying journeys, and to engage Habitat’s community of supporters to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership in the Twin Cities. We’re currently making plans to engage our field and ReStore staff in remote work as well. 

All facilities and in-person services closed until further notice:

  • All construction sites are closed until further notice.
  • All A Brush with Kindness and Age in Place in-person services are suspended until further notice.
  • ReStore Home Improvement Outlets are closed until further notice.
  • Our main office at 1954 University Ave is closed to staff and public until further notice.
  • All volunteer activities will be suspended through May 10, at the earliest.
  • All Events are cancelled through May 10, at the earliest.

As many organizations have done, we continue to pay all our staff during this global health crisis.

As part of the Habitat family, you understand the power of community action. Thank you for your continued support during this time and for playing your part in promoting the well-being of our entire community. If it's within your capacity and you'd like to financially support Habitat through this difficult time, you can make a donation here. 

Find information about COVID-19 on the CDC website.

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Habitat Clients

All client services will be virtual starting March 30 and until further notice. We are committed to your partnership with us and to supporting your family through this difficult time.

Homeowner Development, Financial Coaching, and Lending:

  • Intake and matching will be conducted via email and phone.
  • Financial Coaching will be conducted via phone. Our Homeownership Advisors are certified for virtual coaching.
  • The April 9 homebuyer training in cancelled. We will share plans for a webinar option soon.
  • Mortgage lending process will be conducted via email and phone. If you have an upcoming closing, your mortgage closing will be in-person following best practices for social distancing. Look for more information from your Community Loan Officer.

Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention:

  • Counseling will be conducted via phone. Our Mortgage Foreclosure Counselor is certified for virtual counseling. We are here to support you. Find more information here.

A Brush with Kindness Home Repair:

  • Projects are suspended until further notice.

Age in Place:

  • Projects are suspended until further notice.

Volunteers

All volunteer opportunities are cancelled through May 10.

As soon as we can, we will share more information about volunteer opportunities beyond May 10.

This is a fluid situation and we are assessing our capacity for rescheduling volunteer groups.

If you'd like to update your volunteer opportunities after May 10, please go to our volunteer scheduling website at tchabitat.volunteerhub.com and sign into your account. Click "My Schedule" at the top, where you can select "Cancel Registration" if you need to cancel.

If you were planning to contribute your time as a volunteer, consider instead supporting our mission through an online donation today.


Events

We will cancel or reschedule all events with 25+ people through May 10. See below for details on a few key events. If you have registered for any of these events or others, we will contact you directly with more information about alternate plans.

  • All Home Celebrations are cancelled through May 10.
  • Women Build Kickoff on March 31 is cancelled. We will email invitees with more information about a virtual kickoff.
  • Regular Crew Summit will be rescheduled. We will contact attendees with a new date as soon as we have one.
  • Entrepreneur's House Breakfast is cancelled. We will email invitees with more information. 
  • Habitat on the Hill is cancelled. We will email attendees and our Housing Heroes when and if there is a virtual advocacy alternative.
  • Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala has been rescheduled to June 6 at the same venue—The Depot Minneapolis. If you have registered, your registration is still valid. If you’re unable to attend on the new date, please contact us at events@tchabitat.org.
  • Senior Pastor Build and Foundation Build are cancelled and may be rescheduled. We will share more information as soon as with have it. 
  • Minnesota Craft Beer Festival has been rescheduled to September 19.

 


ReStore

Our ReStore Home Improvement Outlets are closed for business until further notice.

We will share plans to reopen as soon as possible.

If you were planning to shop at our ReStore during this time, consider instead supporting our mission through an online donation today.

If you were planning to donate goods to the ReStore, please hold onto those items. We're working hard to assess when we can begin accepting donations.

 


Headquarters at 1954 University Ave, St. Paul

Our office is closed to the public and staff.


These are uncharted waters and uncertain times, and we greatly appreciate your continued support, patience, and trust as we navigate this together.

Every day, you rely on people just like those who partner with us. Especially during this global emergency. Our clients are nurses, food service workers, bus drivers, airport employees. Some are seeing hours slashed or wages eliminated. Others are working double-time to keep our community safe. The effects of this crisis will have ripple effects for months to come.

In a time when very little is certain, you can help build stability and certainty for your neighbors with a gift to Habitat.

Thank you for your support!

 

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