Urban Homeworks: the creative mission to build hope and reclaim community
Executive Director Chad Schwitters envisions an equitable community for all.Chad Schwitters has a list stuck in his head. A waiting list. On the list are over 400 families who need safe, affordable, and equitable housing. Since 1995, Schwitters and his team at Urban Homeworks (UHW) have worked to turn waiting lists into thriving communities.
I think we’re starving for innovative and creative solutions—ones that excite and compel people to get behind. The more we can work together to frame those solutions and get people to get behind them, the closer we are to a healthier community for all. -Chad Schwitters
UHW’s creative approach to overcoming obstacles has meant the reclamation of multiple Minneapolis neighborhoods and a renewed sense of hope for people living in some of the city’s toughest areas. MHP is pleased to highlight this powerful work and the visionary leadership behind it.
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At the foundation of Urban Homeworks’ mission is a commitment to what the organization calls People Oriented Developments, or, POD’s. As the name suggests, the idea behind the POD model...
One of the highlights of UHW’s financial strategy is their robust loan pool structure, which draws upon large donor bases established throughout various congregations and corporations in the Twin Cities...
At the heart of the Urban Homeworks mission is the importance of building together. Evoking the UHW logo, Schwitters describes the organization as “one tool in the tool-belt"...
Urban Homeworks benefits from the policy work of MHP in advocating for state and federal resources and other timely policy initiatives. This work is undertaken along with our nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental partners.
“It feels like my head is down most of the time doing whatever I can to take one more name off our 443-person wait list. I need to have people who have their head up on the policy level being the vigilant watchdogs on our behalf and warning us when toxic legislation is coming in the back yard.” –Chad Schwitters
In addition, MHP’s work raises public awareness of the need for and value of affordable housing.
About the Impact Spotlight
The Impact Spotlight celebrates the people and partnerships behind outstanding work in the fields of affordable housing and community development in Minnesota and across the nation. Through our work in capacity building and policy, MHP is proud to support the people and organizations you see featured here.