BATC-Housing First Minnesota represents almost 1,200 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers with a mission of helping its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. BATC-Housing First Minnesota's advocacy program, Housing First Minnesota, is widely recognized as a powerful force at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. BATC-Housing First Minnesota's advocacy work is designed to educate and communicate to government agencies and elected officials information about issues of importance to builders, remodelers, developers and others, with a goal of ensuring the industry can continue to provide a diverse selection of quality and affordable housing to the Twin Cities area.
BATC-Housing First Minnesota has presented the Parade of Homes℠ to the region since 1949, and the Remodelers Showcase® since 1984. These popular and free home tour events showcase the variety and opportunities available in new homes and remodeling for families across the extended metro region. Launched in June 2014, BATC added the Artisan Home Tour℠, a ticketed tour of high-end homes, to their consumer offerings.
Additionally, BATC-Housing First Minnesota offers Minnesota’s Green Path, a growing new home and remodeling energy labeling and certification program to promote healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes to buyers and homeowners.
About the BATC Foundation
The charitable arm of BATC-Housing First Minnesota is a nonprofit organization with the mission: to work in partnership with others to revitalize communities and create safe, quality, affordable housing. The Foundation helps people in need who otherwise might not have the opportunity to have a safe and affordable home by bringing together the experience and talents of BATC-Housing First Minnesota members and other charitable groups in the region. One of the Foundation's major funding sources is the Parade of Homes Dream Home project, with other funding from BATC-Housing First Minnesota builder partners, member donations, cash donations and grants. BATC-Housing First Foundation is…“Building Heart in Housing”