Four Apartments in Four Days for Avivo

Four Avivo residents came home to brand new apartments in May thanks to the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation, HomeAid Twin Cities and build partner Soderberg Apartment Specialists.

“We thought we would potentially help Avivo renovate these units next year, but then Soderberg Apartment Specialists stepped up and said they could get it done in just four days,” said Bob Bennett, BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation manager.“We are thrilled that we will be able to do this for the residents that are living in these units.”

Avivo is the only program in Minnesota that houses women and their children while they go through treatment.


“The quality of this renovation elevates our apartment homes to an entirely different level,” said Kelly Matter, Avivo president & CEO. “These homes will help increase the wellness of the families we serve as we provide housing that’s critical for mothers to succeed at recovery.” After some initial demolition, Soderberg Apartment Specialists and their trade partners completed a four-day building blitz in May. Each unit received new cabinets, lighting, flooring, trim, fresh paint and fully remodeled bathrooms.

The Foundation helped Avivo remodel the four lower units in the apartment building earlier this year with the help of build partners Crystal Kitchens and The Kingdom Builders.