Grants establish Southwest Minnesota Rebuilding Together office to improve housing, economy
More than $200,000 in home improvements for vets, seniors in Cottonwood, Nobles and Jackson counties
ST. PAUL — Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, an affiliate of the national nonprofit focused on revitalizing homes for older adults, military veterans and low-income residents, has secured $275,000 in grants to establish its first-ever greater Minnesota office.
Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Housing Assistance Council will be directed to improve homes in Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties. The nonprofit is currently seeking to hire a full-time manager to oversee its ongoing work in the area.
“Since we started in 1997, we’ve completed a few projects in Greater Minnesota but this marks the first time our organization will be able to support communities outside of the Twin Cities with a dedicated office and resources,” said Kathy Greiner, executive director of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. “These grants allow us to identify numerous homeowners in need throughout the region and hire local contractors to make the necessary repairs.”
Applications are now being accepted for home improvement and accessibility modification projects that will allow low-income residents to stay in their homes longer, improving their quality of life and strengthening these local communities. To apply for home improvement assistance, visit their web site here .
“In each region of the state, Minnesotans are struggling to afford housing. The work Rebuilding Together is doing with owner-occupied rehabilitation is essential in keeping more families and seniors in their homes,” said Jennifer Ho, commissioner at Minnesota Housing. “We’re thrilled that households in more counties in southwest Minnesota will now have access to their programs.”
Repairs often include accessibility ramps, fall prevention updates, roof repairs, electrical, plumbing, window installation, siding, HVAC, landscaping and other home upgrades. In 2019, the nonprofit contributed more than 6,000 hours in volunteer time with more than 100 projects across the state.
“We’ve been interacting with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities for more than two years to establish a local office that will strengthen our communities with quality housing,” said Drew Hage, economic development director for Windom. “With their home improvement expertise, including hiring local contractors, securing volunteers and communicating with residents, we are extremely fortunate to have this support at a very critical time for our citizens and the local economy.”