Who We Are


We Are Building Heart in Housing


Who We Are

We are a nonprofit organization composed of Housing First Minnesota members and supporters. The Housing First Minnesota Foundation taps the talents and resources of the association’s member builders, remodelers, suppliers, and volunteers to support our communities and to help Twin Cities residents and families in need. We build homes, provide remodeling and repair, as well as offer scholarships for young people entering the construction industry. Stable and quality housing not only helps our families, but provides a much needed base for further economic growth within the Twin Cities area. Our competitive scholarships provide relief in a world where students and young professionals are overburdened by debt.

To stay updated with our current projectsreports and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@BATCFoundation).  Interested in being involved? Submit a project, donate or volunteer here, or contact Donnie Brown.


Our Mission

To work in partnership with others to provide safe, durable, affordable housing for Minnesota's homeless, veterans and others in need.

Our Goal

To create or improve housing for those in need. We accomplish this by providing our Housing First Minnesota members the opportunity to give back to their communities by participating in building projects that provide assistance to families, veterans and organizations in need of building or remodeling improvements.



HomeAid Twin Cities is a program of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation. HomeAid nationwide chapters build or renovate housing for the temporarily homeless. They also serve as a liaison between local homeless service organizations and residential builders. Approximately 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. 

The Housing First Minnesota Foundation is now a Meets Standards® organization with Charities Review Council. The review process examined four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. As a Meets Standards® organization, we have led our organization to greater strength, efficacy and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal.

Our History 

Housing First Minnesota has had a charitable program since its inception. Originally overseen by a Housing First Minnesota committee, the Builders Outreach Foundation was incorporated as a separate, 501c3 charitable nonprofit in 1995. In 2013, the name was changed to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to more closely tie the organization to its parent company. Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2015, the Housing First Minnesota Foundation is the charitable arm of Housing First Minnesota.

In the early 1990s, the committee built two homes: one for Cornerstone Battered Women Shelters and one for Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners. In October 1994, the Foundation took on their first project in the Frogtown area of St. Paul. This led to a 10-year partnership with the city of St. Paul and the Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation. During the ensuing decade, the Foundation constructed homes for 19 families in Frogtown within several blocks, bringing a needed stability and a reliable place for families to the area. Throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s, the Foundation grew under its new focus, and with each increasing partnership. We aim, and dream, to create safe and affordable housing in the Twin Cities community.

Housing First Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors

Dennis Medo
Project Build Minnesota
Jody Kern
Vice President
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Kathy Greiner
Kathy Greiner
Stephen Roche
Past President
Showcase Renovations, Inc.
Paul Roecker
Lyman Roofing & Siding
Richard Berg
Exec. Committee Member At-Large
Contract Interiors, Inc.

At-Large Members

Melissa Engler
At-Large Member
US Bank Home Mortgage
Jim Fuschetto
At-Large Member
Lyman Lumber Company
Kate Hamilton
At-Large Member
Custom One Homes
Pat Hegseth
At-Large Member
Scherer Bros. Lumber Co.
Meg Jaeger
At-Large Member
Mega Homes/New Spaces
Jodie Jenewein
At-Large Member
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Mike Murtaugh
At-Large Member
Business Essentials
Lynne Jensen-Nelson
At-Large Member
Tom Wiener
At-Large Member
Cardinal Realty-Homebuilders-Remodeling

Housing First Minnesota Foundation Staff

Donnie Brown
Foundation Manager
Shelly Barrett
Foundation Coordinator
Housing First Minnesota

2960 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113


Staff List
Board of Directors

Our Mission

As the leading voice for builders and remodelers, we help our members build their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections.

Our Vision

To be as vital in government and politics as we are to Minnesota’s economy.