Our Future Starts At Home Coalition joins Community-Led Housing Town Hall in Mankato

MANKATO – Representative Jeff Brand, Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad, and Saint Peter City Council Member Keri Johnson will join housing advocates, leaders, Mankato residents who have experienced housing insecurity, and neighbors to discuss strategies to improve our housing system and build momentum for statewide housing solutions. Our Future Starts At Home is driving the movement for an amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution to dedicate sustainable, predictable, and ongoing funding to real solutions to our housing crisis. The Coalition has been engaging with Minnesotans throughout our state, has received the endorsement of over 50 housing, faith, and community organizations, and has 27 authors in the Minnesota Legislature.

Minnesotans, no matter what we look like or where we come from, should all have a safe, stable place to call home. One in every four Minnesota families– a figure even higher in Mankato with nearly 8,000 residents of Blue Earth County alone– are forced to choose between paying for a roof over their heads and other basic needs like food and medicine. While significant, this crisis is solvable. The Mankato Area Housing Town Hall will bring together critical stakeholders to explore the issues, realities, and remedies.

This event is co-hosted by The Arc of MinnesotaHabitat for Humanity of South Central MinnesotaSouthwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, and the statewide Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP).

WHO: Representative Jeff Brand, Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad, Saint Peter City Council Member Keri Johnson, Our Future Starts At Home Coalition

WHERE: Blue Earth County Historical Society, 424 Warren St, Mankato, MN 56001

WHAT: Mankato Area Housing Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 5:30pm

Our Future Starts at Home is a coalition of over 50 housing, faith, and community groups across the state fighting for securing sustainable, predictable, and ongoing funding—an essential part of fixing Minnesota’s broken housing system. For more information, please visit www.OurHomesMN.org

Annual Meeting

Join us for the annual meeting where we discuss the annual report and the vision for the next year!

📅 Monday, May 23 at 12:15-1:30PM

📍 Pioneer Bank- 1735 Commerce Dr. North Mankato, MN 56003

Get On The Beam Starts April 18

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Get on the Beam’ lets the community literally leave their mark on a habitat home. The campaign starts the week of April 18 when 2’x4′ beams are delivered to local businesses, organizations and churches. Community member will have the opportunity to sign their name or leave a note of support for future habitat homeowners after leaving a donations. Each beam will be used in a Habitat home and the donation will go toward providing families with the opportunity to have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Beams were donated by Lloyd Lumber and Builders First Source.

Interested in hosting a beam? Contact Juliann at juliann.wiersma@habitatscmn.org

List of beam hosts:


  • Independent Paint & Flooring
  • Lloyd Management
  • Ardent Mills
  • Clifton Larson & Alan (CLA)
  • Minnesota Paving and Materials
  • Midwest Softwash

Faith Communities:

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Messiah Lutheran Church
  • Hosanna Lutheran Church
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church- Eagle Lake

Special thanks to Eide Bailly for supporting the campaign!