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Home is Everything

Annual Report
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

"Thank you is an uIt shouldn’t take a crisis to show how important an affordable home is for the ability of a family to grow and thrive."

– Juanita, Habitat Homeowner since 1995

You create home, and home is everything.

Home. It’s a shelter from storms. It’s where families celebrate together and comfort each other. It’s where you can let down your guard and be yourself. It's become our classroom, our office, and our workout studio. Home is essential for public health, as COVID-19 lays bare. And it’s a building block for racial equity.

This year has been hard. But you—you stepped up big time, joining with your neighbors in an outpouring of generosity to fight the twin crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, 735 families partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, including 105 families who bought homes of their own.

Thank you.



Your Welcome Letter Feature

"A pandemic. A global uprising for racial justice. What a challenging year it’s been for all of us. Through it all, you built firm foundations for local families. Your generosity made it possible for us to adapt when crises arose. Thank you."

Chris Coleman, President & CEO, and John Walbrun, Chair, Board of Directors

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Home is both strong and nimble—a solid foundation with space for adapting to change. Each Habitat home you create is a safe harbor where local families can weather any storm. Home is everything, and that’s illustrated in these three stories of your generosity in action.

Home is Stability

Juanita and her husband Jacques bought their Habitat home in 1995. It’s where they raised their five kids, where Juanita studied to earn her Bachelor’s Degree, and where the family gathers for holidays.

When COVID-19 hit, their home became Juanita’s workspace and a place where Jacques could rest between shifts at the Minnesota Veteran’s home. Some of their grown children are essential workers as well. Through all the uncertainty, Juanita knows her stable home will always be there for them—and that makes all the difference.

“That comfort, that security, that reliability, knowing that this is still home no matter what—it’s huge.”

Juanita, Habitat Homeowner since 1995

Home is Foundational

Symphonie lives in a Habitat home that's famous. It was part of the Twin Cities Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 2010, and Symphonie's mom Melo got to work on her home alongside Jimmy Carter himself. And that was just the beginning for Melo and her children, including Symphonie.

Having a Habitat home meant Symphonie finally had some space of her own where she could study, get some quiet, and be herself. It was the strong foundation she needed to pursue her dreams—just like her mom.

"Moving into a Habitat home has really allowed me to excel in school and allowed me to be where I am now."

Symphonie, daughter of Melo who bought a home with Habitat in 2011

Home is Relief

Bethany, our Mortgage Portfolio Manager, receives the calls from Habitat homeowners about their affordable mortgage payments. Within the first few weeks of COVID-19, Bethany heard from hundreds of worried homeowners facing a loss of income, suddenly struggling to make ends meet.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Bethany could offer homeowners a deferment on their payments without penalty. This was the lifeline homeowners needed as they faced unemployment or recovered from illness. The relief was immense.

“When I called, I could just hear the relief in his voice. Just a little bit of relief can help get you through the whole storm.”

Bethany, Habitat's Mortgage Portfolio Manager

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By creating homes with Habitat, you make transformation possible for hundreds of local families each year.


families bought homes with Habitat

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people graduated from financial coaching into mortgage readiness

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A Brush with Kindness home repair projects completed to preserve homeownership

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seniors received home safety modifications through our Age Well at Home program

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Habitat homeowners paid off their mortgages, bringing the total to 146

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non-Habitat homeowners received counseling to prevent foreclosure

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international families bought homes thanks to our Global Impact Fund and Global Village volunteers


Total number of families who partnered with Habitat

Includes every family who had at least one financial coaching session toward homeownership

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Habitat volunteers from all walks of life create community by building, preserving, and promoting home alongside local families.


volunteers gave of their time on Habitat home builds and rehabs, at A Brush with Kindness home repairs, in our ReStore Home Improvement Outlets, in the office, and more.

HFH_ICON_HAMMER_Yellow 146,419

hours served by volunteers

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AmeriCorps Members

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hours served by AmeriCorps Members

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Action Alert messages sent to lawmakers to advance affordable homeownership

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people joined our first-ever Virtual Habitat on the Hill advocacy day

Top 3 Construction Volunteers:

1. Ann Norberg, 723 hours
2. Corey Sauer, 630 hours
3. Bob Wageman, 564 hours

Top 3 ReStore Volunteers:

1. Gordy Weaver, 719 hours
2. John Leier, 696 hours
3. Tom Melena, 333 hours

Top 3 Office Volunteers:

1. Bonnie Power, 271 hours
2. Jack Shea, 188 hours
3. Jerry Cromer-Poiré, 184 hours

Learn More About Volunteering

Home is Equity

Amid uprisings for racial justice that started here, we're doubling down our efforts to advance racial equity in all aspects of our work.

Race and Housing

Homeownership is the primary way we build wealth and pass it down to future generations. But throughout history, racist housing policies kept BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Americans from owning homes and building equity. Today, Minnesota has some of the widest racial disparities between Black and White families in the nation.

We need to be as intentional in closing these disparities as we were in creating them.

This year, we’ve been reckoning with the legacy of systemic racism in housing. Join us in learning from the past to build a better future in our Race and Housing Resource Center.

Learn About Race & Housing

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It takes many hands to build and preserve home. Thank you for giving generously and lending a helping hand.


donors gave a total of $14,614,069

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new donors made a gift to Habitat for the first time

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Builder’s Circle members gave gifts of $1,000 or more

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Carpenter’s Club members gave recurring monthly gifts

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Legacy Circle members included Habitat in their wills


faith-based groups lived out their values by supporting Habitat

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businesses provided financial support to Habitat projects

FY20 Pie Chart


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Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.


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