Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota
A Habitat house is under construction in Minneapolis’ Hawthorn neighborhood. The Carter project build fits in well with Twin Cities Habitat’s plan to partner with communities to provide a range of housing solutions that will improve the lives of families and their neighborhoods.
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Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
12 A Brush with Kindness repairs, nine rehabs and five new-home construction.
About the build site
It’s appropriate that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will serve as a host city during this year’s Carter Work Project, which is focused on holistic housing solutions and neighborhood revitalization.
A decade ago, Habitat for Humanity’s nationwide A Brush with Kindness program began thanks to the efforts of this affiliate’s staff.
A Brush with Kindness provides repairs for existing homeowners who might have physical and financial difficulty maintaining their homes independently. In the past year, Twin Cities Habitat has completed its 1,000th house repair through the program.
During the Carter Work Project, hundreds of volunteers will help 26 partner families achieve safe, decent housing in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Building will take place in North Minneapolis’ Hawthorne neighborhood and St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood. In both cases, Habitat staff and volunteers aim to revitalize communities on the rise—building on the efforts of local residents to dramatically improve where they live.
In North Minneapolis, for example, Hawthorne neighbors took the initiative to re-imagine a four-block area once known for its crime and abandoned properties. Today, it’s known as the Hawthorne Eco-Village and is a catalyst for neighborhood engagement. Homes have been renovated, dilapidated drug houses have been torn down and replaced by community gardens, and neighbors enjoy potluck dinners in the streets.
“We wouldn’t be in this community now without the work that everyone there has already put into fixing up that area,” said Andy Barnett, Twin Cities Habitat’s construction director. “That was the work of residents who didn’t give up hope when foreclosures and bulldozers were the most common things going on there. They saw an opportunity and worked at it. Habitat just wants to help them expand on their success.”
Twin Cities Habitat has served families and neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul since 1985.
For more information, visit www.tchabitat.org .