Holy Trinity’s commitment to affirmative justice begins in our own backyard. Decades ago, in response to a need for more affordable housing options in the Longfellow neighborhood, Holy Trinity developed two apartment buildings on the church campus.
In the late 1970s, Holy Trinity’s vision to provide affordable housing for the community became a reality with the construction of Trinity Apartments, a facility next to the church that offers 120 units of safe, affordable housing.
For the past 40 years, Holy Trinity has been an owner and active partner in Trinity Apartments, working alongside affordable housing organizations to maintain this Section-8 facility which serves approximately 135 people.
In 2019, pastors and congregational leaders decided that the time had come in the long life of this property to comprehensively reposition it to ensure affordability for years to come. There was an urgent need for significant financial investment in the building which led to Holy Trinity developing a partnership with a local nonprofit affordable housing company who purchased the building and continues the commitment to provide our beloved community with affordable housing, as well as making the critical improvements needed. As of 2020, Holy Trinity is no longer an owner in the building, but we remain an active partner in the facility, working alongside the new owner to ensure the continued health and vitality of the property and its residents. The new owner is committed to maintaining the day-to-day working relationship between Trinity Apartments and Holy Trinity. Members of the Holy Trinity congregation will continue to serve meals, lead Bible studies, and organize other activities for the residents.
Trinity On Lake Apartments
In 1998, construction began on Trinity On Lake at 2805 E Lake St, Minneapolis, just north of the church. Trinity On Lake is a three-story, mixed use building that rents 8 units at market rate, 8 units as affordable housing, and 8 units reserved for people with special needs. Holy Trinity continues to maintain a day-to-day working relationship with Trinity On Lake, serving meals, leading Bible studies, and organizing other activities for the residents.
Holy Trinity is a member of the Metropolitan Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing (MICAH), a faith-based community organization founded in 1988 in response to an accelerating homelessness crisis. MICAH advocates for changes in public policy to encourage all communities to preserve and build affordable housing. They are dedicated to the vision that everyone in the Twin Cities metropolitan community has a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. They draw strength from bringing together people of faith to act on their values to support affordable housing, undo racism, and build regional equity.
Rooted in faith and community, inspired by hope, innovative, and committed to racial equity, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership and advance racial equity in housing. They work for an equitable Twin Cities region where all families have access to the transformational power of homeownership.
Holy Trinity members have worked on over 25 homes for Habitat for Humanity, in the Twin Cities and around the world, including in El Salvador where Holy Trinity members contributed to a Habitat for Humanity project in 2010.