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No place like home.

No place like home. Thanks to hard work and plenty of funding from the Minneapolis Builders Association, a family that has been victimized by domestic abuse will be able to move into a brand new home this summer. Three years ago MBA formed a task force to study the plight of the homeless and underprivileged in the Minneapolis area. The goal is funding affordable housing.

After a two-year search, the task force found Cornerstone Advocacy Services, Bloomington, Minnesota, an emergency support service for victims of domestic abuse. Cornerstone helps victims find affordable housing to rent and eventually buy. It also helps victims, usually women, complete education and find jobs.

MBA had raised $50,000 for housing efforts and decided to assist Cornerstone by purchasing and renovating a rundown home in an area neighborhood. When the house proved beyond repair, it was torn down, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Cornerstone renegotiated the price from $53,900 for the house and lot to $28,000 for the lot alone. MBA members then donated lumber, paint, window glass, shingles, appliances, carpeting, and many hours of labor to create a brand new home on the lot.

In April, the project completed, Cornerstone selected a family to live there. The family will pay Cornerstone only the rent it can afford while the mother receives education and finds stable employment. Eventually, the family will own the home. MBA estimates the value of the house and lot at $100,000 on today's market. For information, call MBA at (612) 544-4261.
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Title Annotation:Minneapolis Builders Association's housing funds for victims of domestic abuse
Publication:Association Management
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Date:Aug 1, 1991
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