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Former St. Paul mayor has a new gig – building homes

He's the new CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Five months after his 12-year tenure as Mayor of St. Paul ended, Chris Coleman has a new gig.

It was announced on Thursday that Coleman will become the new CEO and President of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

He'll be tasked with leading Habitat through second half of its "Impact 2020" strategic plan, which includes aiming to double the impact of its Homeownership Program.

The program builds and renovates affordable homes available to low-income and in-debt Twin Cities residents, as well as providing services to help them buy an affordable home from other developers.

Coleman was selected for the role in part because of his as a "champion" for economic development, education and racial equity in St. Paul, Twin Cities Habitat said.

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During his time, he oversaw the expansion of housing that set aside 20 percent for low-income residents.

He was also heavily involved in major construction projects including the Green Line light rail, CHS Stadium, the renovation of the Palace Theatre and the new Minnesota United Stadium.

"Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity plays a critical role in addressing our region’s affordable housing crisis and in closing Minnesota’s dismal racial gap in homeownership," Coleman said.

"I am eager to engage with Habitat supporters and build on Habitat’s momentum to expand affordable homeownership and multiply the impact in the Twin Cities."

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