Habitat Minnesota is here to support you during this time of uncertainty. Reach out to any of our staff via phone or email. We have compiled a variety of resources below. If there is more information you need, please let us know.

Our office is currently working remotely and has postponed any statewide travel through the end of July. Habitat Minnesota is monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its affect on our communities. We will continue to follow guidance from the local and national leaders in health, government, and from Habitat International.

Read more about our current plans here.

Habitat Resources

Habitat Minnesota Executive Director conference calls: Email cristen@hfhmn.org for more information.

Habitat International: Good Standing Update (3/31/2020)

Habitat International: Pursuing the Mission during COVID-19

Habitat International: A message from Jonathan Reckford – Coronavirus pandemic calls for a world where we care for each other.

My.Habitat Coronavirus overall guidance

My.Habitat Coronavirus FAQs page

My.Habitat COVID-19 Yammer Group

Health Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Latest news

Minnesota Department of Health: Latest news

MNSure: Special enrollment and latest news

NEW! Target: No-touch thermometers available for sale

World Health Organization (WHO): Latest news

Advocacy

COVID-Specific Advocacy: Latest news

Federal Housing Stability: Encourage members of Congress to prioritize the needs of low-income families and the organizations that serve them.

Statewide Homeownership Support: Click here to view and co-sign a letter asking for state leaders to prioritize homeownership preservation.

Financing

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Charitable deduction, SBA loans, and other resources from latest stimulus bill

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for Coronavirus (Habitat Minnesota applied on behalf of Minnesota affiliates)

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits/Propel Nonprofits: How to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

National Council of Nonprofits: Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act

Otto Bremer Trust: $50 million emergency fund to support community organizations (Habitat Minnesota applied on behalf of Minnesota affiliates)

Propel Nonprofits: Paycheck Protection Program for Nonprofits 

Small Business Administration (SBA): Disaster Loan Assistance

Small Business & Entrepreneurship, US Senate Committee: Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

USDA: Latest news

USDA: Stakeholder Announcement

(For Central Minnesota) The Initiative Foundation: The Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund is being activated to meet critical needs in the region.

Fundraising

GiveMN: Platform will be donating back the processing fee to nonprofits in March and April.

GiveMN: No-cost virtual fundraising coaching sessions through April 10

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: Free digital special edition of Minnesota Grants Directory

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: Grantmaking in Response to Coronavirus Webinar Recording

NEW! Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: Greater Minnesota Virtual Networking Calls 

Free and open to all, these networking meetings are designed to bring nonprofit professionals from across Minnesota together to discuss many core areas of their work, and how to pivot that work in these challenging times. The networking event will be hosted on Zoom. You will need a computer and a phone as a back-up audio method.

General Resources

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: Nonprofit resources for COVID-19

New York Times: Frequently Asked Questions about every aspect of COVID-19

Propel Nonprofits: No-cost technical assistance (on finance, strategy, cash flow, or anything else you need). Reach out to any Propel staff here.

Government Resources

Calls with the Governor: Click here to sign up for the first of weekly calls or for more information.

  • May 4, 2020: register. The May 4th call will focus on equity, as it relates to the state’s pandemic responses. Commissioner Lucero (Minnesota Department of Human Rights) and Commissioner Harpstead (Minnesota Department of Human Services) will join the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for the call.
  • May 18, 2020register. The focus of this call will be on greater Minnesota. 

Calls with DEED: Click here to sign up.

NEW: Call with Senator Tina Smith

CARES Act: Read the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act here and see HFHI’s initial assessment of the Act here.

Congresswoman Angie Craig’s Office: COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

Minnesota Legislature: Latest news

US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist

Operations and Management

Idealware: how to deliver programs and services remotely resources and webinars

Microsoft Teams: User training

Microsoft Teams: Work-from-home tips

NEW! Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: Greater Minnesota Virtual Networking

Free and open to all, these networking meetings are designed to bring nonprofit professionals from across Minnesota together to discuss many core areas of their work, and how to pivot that work in these challenging times. The networking event will be hosted on Zoom. You will need a computer and a phone as a back-up audio method.

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development: Unemployment Insurance and Compensation resources

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development: Shared Work–Alternative to Layoff

Nonprofit Risk Management Center: Create a Business Continuity Plan: No Business Continuity Plan_ Take These 4 Steps 

Propel Nonprofits: Click here for a recording of the recent “Managing Cash Flow for Nonprofits (during a global pandemic)” webinar. Slides can be viewed here.

Propel Nonprofits: Emergency Succession Planning

NEW! Serve Minnesota: Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative

Zoom: MCN Members can enjoy 20% off certain Zoom plans. 

Volunteering

Additional Resources

Find online solutions, announcements, and other resources for nonprofits below as they become available.

Find resources for homeowners below.

Find resources here for your aging homeowners or friends and family members

Do your Habitat homeowners need assistance getting their stimulus payments? Mid-Minnesota’s Legal Aid office can help! Click here for more information.

Click here for information on your utility bill during the pandemic.

For supporters: How to Support Habitat from Your Home