Housing First Minnesota Foundation celebrates completion of latest Housing for Heroes project

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New Minneapolis home and ADU to help veterans experiencing homelessness

Today the Housing First Minnesota Foundation/HomeAid Twin Cities, in collaboration with build partner Lennar, proudly handed over the keys of a brand-new four-bedroom home in North Minneapolis to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). The new home will help MACV in its mission to end veteran homelessness, a segment of the community that is in growing need of services.

Speakers at the event included representatives from the Housing First Minnesota Foundation, Lennar and MACV.

This home is the fourth project completed by the Housing First Minnesota Foundation with partners MACV and Lennar in 2023 – the biggest endeavor accomplished by the Foundation thus far. This significant milestone marks another step forward in the mission to end veteran homelessness and address the growing need for services within the community.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jessica Ryan, executive director of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation, highlighted the importance of this work for veterans in need.

“Since 2017, this partnership has constructed over 20,000 square feet of housing for Minnesota veterans,” said Ryan. “Our unique, collaborative housing model pools together the expertise, resources and philanthropic arm of the homebuilding industry and community funders.”

All four of these completed homes were also constructed with an accessory dwelling unit which, together, will provide 20 new beds for veterans in need.

“This is the final step of an ambitious project — construction of four Housing for Heroes homes each with an ADU,” said Jim Fuschetto, 2023 president of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation. “As this home opens for veterans to live in, we are one step closer to our goal of ending homelessness in Minnesota.”

With the completion of this project, a total of 20 new beds will be made available to veterans in need. These beds provide a safe and secure environment for veterans to rebuild their lives and regain their independence.

About the Housing First Minnesota Foundation
Housing First Minnesota Foundation/HomeAid Minnesota is building futures through housing for Minnesotans in need. The Foundation partners with service organizations to build and renovate transitional housing facilities. The Foundation leverages the expertise and resources of Housing First Minnesota’s member builders, remodelers, and associates to build new lives through housing.

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