Building affordable, dignified & redemptive housing

Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of the public, private and faith sectors to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.

Quality housing combined with a supportive landlord and resources from social service partners weave a web of support for households living in Urban Homeworks’ dignified housing. Donor support for Urban Homeworks makes rental units available to families earning as little as $10 per hour who do not have a government subsidy, which are in short supply. Urban Homeworks offers rental and homeownership opportunities for a broad range of income levels.

Dignified Rentals

Urban Homeworks provides quality housing that is both affordable and dignified. Partnerships with local social service organizations often add support to assist rental families in gaining greater stability. Renters must be income-qualified. Rental vacancies are announced on our website, social media page, and through an email list. Contact Urban Homeworks to receive vacancy emails.

Buy a Home

Urban Homeworks offers households with low to moderate income the opportunity to own a home. The program utilizes supportive partners to ensure that families are equipped to succeed. Urban Homeworks houses are developed and kept perpetually affordable through partnerships with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust and Project for Pride in Living.

PROJECT: Reclaim
Due to current market conditions and tightened financing guidelines, many families on the margins are forced out of the homeownership market. PROJECT: Reclaim provides an ownership opportunity to families whose income qualifies, but who struggle with credit challenges. PROJECT: Reclaim provides households with a credit enhancement program that minimizes debt and corrects credit missteps.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust
Urban Homeworks’ high-quality housing is sold in partnership with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. The subsidies provided make new and renovated homes permanently affordable to families at or below 80% of the metro median income. The homes are high-efficiency, using quality materials. Great attention is given to the quality of life for the family, as well as the ongoing expense of operating a home. Partnering with the Land Trust ensures that each home will be affordable in perpetuity to households with low to moderate income.

Northside Home
In order to increase homeownership among residents of the north side of Minneapolis, and to enhance market values as the economy begins its upswing, Urban Homeworks and Project for Pride Living are continuing their work to address the surplus of single-family homes and duplexes needing stabilization through the Northside Home ownership initiative.

Green Homes North
In an effort to revitalize North Minneapolis neighborhoods, Urban Homeworks has partnered with the City of Minneapolis through a 2012 program initiative called Green Homes North.

Inspiring Communities: Building Innovation
The Inspiring Communities program was started by the City of St. Paul in 2013 as way to focus redevelopment in cluster areas of St. Paul, in particular neighborhoods most impacted by the foreclosure crisis.

Contact Information

Current Housing Opportunities

Contact Mike Spicer, licensed realtor, 612-272-6682

Housing Rentals

We currently have no rental housing available. To be informed about rentals that become available, contact 612-724-9002 or email us.

Office Hours

8:30 am-4:30 pm