South Minneapolis Housing Fair: It's time to get those home improvement projects started!

Walk through the MRES Tiny Solar Home to see amazing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. The Tiny Solar Home will be open in the parking lot at 22nd Ave and East Lake Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on April 5 in conjunction with the South Minneapolis Housing Fair.

The 20th annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair is being held April 5th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Minneapolis Sports Center, Midtown YWCA at 2121 East Lake Street. The Fair is produced to provide home improvement information to Minneapolis residents and to support local community resources.

The Fair is free to the public and this year features The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society Tiny Solar Home, local contractors, the University of Minnesota Master Gardener, and experts from the City of Minneapolis who will answer your questions on everything from building codes, solid waste and graffiti removal.

The Fair-goers also make their own non-toxic chemical at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization booth and build a birdhouse with Elpis Enterprises.

‘How-to sessions’ are being offered every half hour on a variety of home improvement topics including; landscaping, solar energy rebates and tax credits, growing a monarch garden, tile design, air conditioning for homes with radiators, working with contractors, how to work with a designer, preventing ice dams, and loan options from Neighborhood Housing Service of Minneapolis.

Directories are available at your local South Minneapolis library and Neighborhood Organization.

The resource directory includes information on quality contractors, helpful articles about working with contractors, plus, a list of evening workshops offered at a variety of locations throughout Minneapolis in collaboration with Minneapolis Community Education.

If you are interested in volunteering to help at the fair, or would like information about participating as an exhibitor next year, contact the Housing Fair Manager at Manager [at] housingfair [dot] org. Visit for more information on exhibitors and sessions.

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