On Aug. 22, 13 state legislators volunteered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, including Southwest Minneapolis legislators Rep. Hodan Hassan (62B) and Rep. Emma Greenman (63B). The elected officials spent a very hot morning building an affordable house and learning about the importance of public investments in affordable homeownership. Both Republican and Democrat legislators volunteered.

“I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate the legislature’s historic $1 billion housing investment with representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle,” said Chris Coleman, president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. “You hear a lot about political division, but housing is a cause that brings people together.”

The legislators worked on a home in the Camden area of North Minneapolis. More than 125 households will partner with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to achieve homeownership this year. Habitat for Humanity works with homebuyers on homeownership education, financial coaching, and establishing a mortgage they can afford.