Who We Are

Building Futures Through 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 (@HFMNFoundation).  Interested in being involved? Submit a project, donate or volunteer here, or contact Donnie Brown.


Our Vision

To end homelessness in Minnesota.

Our Mission

We partner to build safe housing for Minnesotans in need.

Our Core Values

Every individual has worth and human dignity and deserves the basic provision of shelter as a necessity of life.





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 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 BATC Foundation, and in 2019, the BATC Foundation rebranded to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to more closely tie the organization to its parent company. Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2020, 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

Jody Kern
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Paul Roecker
Vice President
Lyman Roofing & Siding
Kate Hamilton
Custom One Homes
Dennis Medo
Past President
Project Build Minnesota
Kathy Greiner
Rebuilding Together - Twin Cities
Richard Berg
Exec. Committee Member At-Large
Contract Interiors, Inc.


Meg Jaeger
Exec. Committee Member At-Large
Mega Homes/New Spaces

At-Large Members

Melissa Engler
At-Large Member
US Bank Home Mortgage
Jim Fuschetto
At-Large Member
Lyman Lumber Company
Pat Hegseth
At-Large Member
Scherer Bros. Lumber Co.
Jodie Unger
At-Large Member
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Mike Murtaugh
At-Large Member
Business Essentials
Lynne Jensen-Nelson
At-Large Member
John Rask
At-Large Member/Immediate Past President
M/I Homes
Bob Bennet
At-Large Member
Sunny Bowman
At-Large Member
Dakota County Lumber Co.
Sam Wick
At-Large Member
FocalPoint Flooring, Cabinets & Design

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.