Two new homes for heroes

Why build one home for homeless veterans when you can build two? The BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation is set to build two brand-new homes for homeless veterans this year in partnership with Lennar and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV).

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The first home will be built on a lot in North St. Paul across the street from the Veterans Memorial Park. The home in North St. Paul will be 2,700 square feet and will have three bedrooms to house homeless veteran families as they transition to more permanent housing.

“We knew after successfully completing one home for heroes each year for the past two years that we wanted to ramp it up in 2019,” said Donnie Brown, BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation manager. “We’re excited that we were able to find two lots to make the two homes work this year.”

The second home will be located in Bloomington. It will be a 3,500-square-foot rambler with four bedrooms and will house four male veterans.

“If we don’t have a home like this for these veterans they are staying in a shelter or staying with a bad partner,” said Neal Loidolt, president and CEO of MACV. “These homes make a major difference for our organization and are truly helping us in our effort to end veteran homelessness.”

Both North St. Paul and Bloomington have worked with the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation to help these projects come together.

“We’re excited that by the end of the year there will be an additional seven bedrooms to bring veterans off the street or out of the shelter and into these two new homes,” said Brown.

Construction is set to begin on the North St. Paul home this June and on the Bloomington home by the end of July.