The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Minneapolis 2013,

PRG, Inc.


PRG is a responsive housing organization that serves the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. We combine bricks and mortar development with housing education and one-on-one counseling to build neighborhood stability and family self-sufficiency.

* We transform vacant, foreclosed properties into beautiful homes;

* We develop unique, affordable housing for special-needs populations;

* We provide pre-purchase education and counseling for first-time homebuyers; and

* We provide foreclosure-prevention counseling for homeowners.


The initials "PRG" connect us to our roots in the 1970s as Powderhorn Residents Group, a group of neighbors concerned about affordable, resident-controlled housing in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Very early in our history, PRG began applying our expertise to housing problems beyond the borders of our founding neighborhood, and today we serve many core neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and also nearby communities. We keep the name PRG just as we retain our commitment to genuine connection with the families and communities we serve.


We work at the invitation of neighborhoods and cultural groups. As a relatively small organization, we are nimble enough to tailor our services and take on unique and challenging projects. This often means creating one-of-a kind housing for specific groups of people. And we're currently applying this expertise to respond to the foreclosure crisis in a uniquely effective way.

What new functionality we are looking for

Our vision for our website:

*** Clients can easily, seamlessly, register and pay for homebuyer workhsops, and feel certain they are dealing with a professional organization that is handling their information well.

*** Clients can easily find all of the information they need to get foreclosure counseling, and all of the forms they need to access during that process.

*** Potential homebuyers can easily see (and be impressed by) information on homes for sale, and get in touch with people at PRG to talk about those homes.

*** Updating the website is so easy, staff spend hardly any time making needed updates (for example, changing workshop dates and adding new information on homes for sale).

*** Visitors to the website know instantly about PRG's commitment to excellent, affordable housing and our long record of partnership with low-income communities, and how they can support our work.

*** People can do all of the above on mobile devices, too.

How the new functionality will help

Please do not be fooled by the "not very ugly" appearance of our current website. It was built in 2004 and has been maintained / "improved" ever since by smart people who don't know anything about websites except what we have been able to figure out using google and a book called "HTML for the World Wide Web." In other words, scratch beneath the surface and it is held together with duct tape and idealism.

Scarier yet, try to register and pay for a homebuyer workshop, and see how fast you get lost, confused, stuck, or just plain frustrated.

We're doing our best to make our website an easy place for people to get the services they need, but we are the wrong kind of nerds. We spend way too much time wrangling clunky tools to try to make things work how they should.

A new website would mean less staff time spent on these kinds of confusion and difficulty; an easier, more professional experience for people who want to use our services; and greater visibility for the professionalism, creativity, and high-quality work that make PRG a great partner for underserved communities.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

Before & After Snapshots

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57 Messages from Supporters

2013-02-04 17:31:37 UTC
Barb Davis

A multi year supporter of PRG's fine work and impressed with their impact on addressing their clients needs. Please help them help others!

2013-02-04 17:32:32 UTC
Kris Brogan

PRG is awesome. I have had the pleasure of working with this organziation for many years and truly apprecite the outreach, teaching, and community development that PRG provides residents in the City of Minneapolis.

2013-02-04 17:35:06 UTC

PRG does great work and would benefit greatly from the website challenge!

2013-02-04 17:35:28 UTC
Allison Sharkey

PRG has made a big impact in my neighborhood. The organization's work is very important, but they are not as well known as they should be. An upgraded website would certainly help!

2013-01-23 20:24:11 UTC
James E Bacigalupo

PRG truly is a mission driven organization that's helps people in the community find and keep affordable housing. It is one of the best organizations I have ever been a part of and I am very proud to have been able to be part of a group that has such a positive impact on the community.

2013-02-04 16:32:07 UTC

I'm biased (I work here) but PRG is great. This organization has been around since 1976 and is one of the most creative, interesting housing organizations around. Because we are committed to following community leadership and making homes that really fit community needs--even when it's challenging to make an "outside the box" building really happen--we've built some amazing parts of our city.

The website ... on the other hand ... well, it could be better. I'd love to see it be a better reflection of the professionalism and smarts of our staff and our commitment to being welcoming and useful for people who come to us seeking housing assistance.

2013-02-04 17:29:26 UTC
Julie Gugin

PRG plays a critical role in stabilizing households and communities in Minneapolis. An enhanced web site would help them further their important work.

2013-02-04 17:35:50 UTC
dennis anderson

PRG does an incredible job of helping those who can not always help themselves. Not only do they directly impact the life's of many,they also have a tremendously positive impact on the community. I'm fortunate to have the resources to contribute, one of my top contributees is PRG.
I believe that this organization truly gives bang for the buck. The better tools they have the enhanced positive impact they can have.
Please, help them to improve their website.
Thanks for your consideration and Make it a great one

2013-02-04 17:36:59 UTC

PRG is always there to assist and consult. Its my vote for sure! M

2013-02-04 17:40:48 UTC
Roger Purdy - LHB Corporation

PRG does a really good job getting maximum value for their construction dollars. They are good stewards and worthey candidates of our support!

2013-02-04 17:42:01 UTC
Jeff Fellows

PRG is a great resource for those new to the path of owning and keeping up on a house.

2013-02-04 17:46:02 UTC

PRG does great work in the City of Minneapolis.

2013-02-04 17:46:52 UTC
Deb Wagner

PRG does amazing work! They are cutting edge regarding the way they look at and actually provide new and renovated housing for lower to moderate income families and individuals in distressed neighborhoods. My sister bought a home that they renovated 5 years ago and still loves her home. They preserved the period detailing while providing contemporary amenities like a better functioning kitchen and energy upgrades that make the house not only affordable to acquire but also to live in and maintain. The house still has that special quality that my sister cherishes and indeed continues to improve upon. Prg's new construction does not look affordable and yet it is which results in a product that does not end up dumbing down the neighborhood. Their house designs would be welcome in any neighborhood in Minneapolis. They are deserving of the support they have been given and i will continue to suppoet the organization any way I am able

I am a Realtor and a member of the Housing Committee in the Jordan Neighborhood of Minneapolis where PRG has been an incredible partner in some of Jordan's housing cluster developments.

2013-02-04 17:55:24 UTC
Charles Gierke

Everywhere that you find PRG's foot print, you will see in time good things spring up from it! Its groups like PRG that help to add light to the world. Charles G.

2013-02-04 18:03:32 UTC

PRG works hard for the community, ensuring that all who want to can enjoy home ownership, and pride in their communities.

2013-02-04 18:08:49 UTC

PRG has provided valuable assistance to neighborhoods for many years! Winning this challenge would help them to continue to do so. They have my support and vote...Florence

2013-02-04 18:10:07 UTC
Elfric Porte

PRG is one of the City's partners in our neighborhood stabilization efforts. Their work in continued provision of safe and affordable ownership housing to families is paramount to the city achieving a healthy housing community. Keep up the great work and we look forward to a continued partnership.

2013-02-04 18:24:21 UTC

PRG Inc helped my neighborhoof to build a wonderful home for women and children fleeing domestic violence. I call the facility "a home," for it has helped hundreds make a new beginning over the last few years. PRG does great work, and are a great partner for many of us to work with1

2013-02-04 18:25:31 UTC
Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, Executive Director

Wow! Thanks to all! Like a lot of organizations, we've been doing more with less and a new web site would help people connect to our neighborhood revitalization and housing counseling resources.

2013-02-04 18:28:12 UTC
Tonja West-Hafner

PRG has been a valued partner in our Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) efforts! They are one of Brooklyn Park's developers, but also providing the required homestretch workshops! They do great and valued work and we hope they will win this challenge!

2013-02-04 19:20:26 UTC
Mary Ellen Kaluza

PRG is a valuable resource for our communities--helping to create housing stability through their counseling and education for homeowners, and through their innovative housing development programs.

2013-02-04 19:24:49 UTC
Janet Pope

PRG has provided decent, safe, affordable housing for families and individuals over its many years of hard work to stabilize and improve neighborhoods.

2013-02-04 19:30:21 UTC

PRG is a great organization that many people find there way to affordable home ownership. I hope you'll give them a hand!

2013-02-04 19:34:33 UTC
Barbara Satin

PRG has been an incredible partner in helping my church use its property for development of affordable housing for LGBT seniors. This is a significant need in our community and the project is underway and should be complete by this coming September. It would not have happened if PRG hadn't kept us focused and energized around our housing goal. They deserve all the help and support they can get for the important work they are doing in our metropolitan area.

2013-02-04 20:11:39 UTC

PRG has made, and continues to make, a very positive impact on Minneapolis and its residents. Keep it up! Thanks.

2013-02-04 20:15:38 UTC
Michele Wiegand

PRG provides much needed housing and related services in our community. They deserve to win a new wbsite!

2013-02-04 20:24:55 UTC
Veronica Weston

PRG is a wonderful organization. Not only does the organization help those in need, but they also help build better communities. They offer affordable homes for low-income families who are First Time Home-buyers while providing them with the knowledge and support to be able to purchase and maintain their new home. PRG has made a difference in my families life. I hope you'll would give them a hand with a better website, the organization deserves it.

2013-02-04 20:32:44 UTC

PRG helps make Minneapolis a livable, caring community.

2013-02-04 20:37:35 UTC
Chip Halbach

PRG is a very valuable organization for Minneapolis and the state. PRG takes a community-centric approach to improving the lives of low income people. From co-ops to counseling they offer a way to help people find or keep the homes they can afford.

2013-02-04 20:51:27 UTC
Michael Anderson

PRG is a nimble yet highly professional organization that often exercises great flexibility in meeting client and community needs. The important work has tremendous impact on community stability. Five years after my PRG homebuyer workshop, I continue to recall what I learned from PRG; and I believe my experience has led me to be a successful homeowner. The website should be reflective of the high-quality, expert, and nimble qualities of the organization. Your assistance would be appreciated!

2013-02-04 21:23:41 UTC
Erich Wunderlich

PRG has long been a leader in developing innovative solutions to housing related issues, always true to their mission, building community through their work with individuals, families, and other organizations. Any investment in PRG is a well placed investment.

2013-02-04 21:35:11 UTC

When I was buying my house for the first time, I took first time home buyer classes from PRG. I was impressed with their commitment to keep homeowners in their homes through education and foreclosure counseling. Their work has led to a more stable community in South Minneapolis.

2013-02-04 22:22:47 UTC
Steve Juvland

I have worked with PRG for many years and have watched them improve the lives of many people by providing high quality affordable housing while at the same time raising the standards of housing in neighborhoods. An organization whose services are needed now more than ever.

2013-02-04 23:12:26 UTC

Prginc. makes residential housing possible for the low income sector to buy homes below market properties.
They turn delapitated, vacant, distressed houses in blighted neighborhoods into updated and rehabbed good as new houses. They provide financial credit enhancement advisors and various supportive services in the pre-purchase process. Promoting affordable housing to all and building community to provide safe, secure, stable neighborhoods.

2013-02-04 23:28:22 UTC

PRG is a huge asset to our community. Stable, affordable housing is the foundation of a great city. Thankfully, PRG is instrumental in our city's livability.

2013-02-05 00:25:35 UTC

hope you win!

2013-02-05 02:59:26 UTC

Please notice PRGINC.ORG they are very deserving of this! We just closed on one of there properties and we can't say enough great things about them. They have truly blessed our lives.

2013-02-05 04:51:39 UTC

PRG is a great organization, doing awesome work! Hope you will give them some help with their web so they can assist even more people!help

2013-02-05 08:35:45 UTC
Regina Walker

What can I say, PRG INC, has impacted my life in so man8y ways that its hard to find a place to start. I have sat on the Board which was a great learning experience, which allowed me to move on to sit on County boards due to that experience.
After observing the previous Exec. Dir. passion for the people residing in the properties that they owned, it helped me to appreciate the Ownership with more respect than before. It empowered me to transfer those type of skills learned to my employment as Property Manager.
Finally, PRG, cares about the people and want the people to be empowered, educated and capable of home ownership.

2013-02-05 18:06:33 UTC
Michael Haley, Minnesota Housing

PRG is focused on achieving critical community development activities in Minneapolis. They are adroit at recognizing problems and implementing workable solutions in the communities they serve. I am hoping they are chosen for web site enhancement as they are a very worthy organization.

2013-02-05 15:44:12 UTC

PRG has done a great job for many years and serves our community well, they deserver all of our support!

2013-02-05 16:41:20 UTC
Nicola at Washington County HRA

The staff at PRG are so dedicated to their clients and to their community. A new, revamped website would help them help more people!

2013-02-06 15:16:05 UTC
steve wentworth

Awesome efforts in strengthening ing the community.

2013-02-07 15:13:40 UTC
Mary Keefe, Hope Community

PRG is an excellent organization bringing great benefit to many communities. Keep up the good work.

2013-02-07 15:07:34 UTC
Ann Leviton, broker/owner, Mavrik Realty

By far, one of the best non-profits serving the housing needs of our community. I recommend their home-buyer counseling services to my first-time homebuyers all the time!

2013-02-07 15:15:13 UTC

PRG is a wonderful organization that makes possible for families and individual achieve home ownership goal and provide hope for those facing difficulties keeping their home. Please help PRG continue providing housing services to our community

2013-02-07 15:15:34 UTC

PRG does challenging and rewarding work and we do what we say we will do. An upgraded website would be a fresh new tool to help us connect with those we haven't reached.

2013-02-07 16:36:32 UTC
Chuck Ballentine

I have watched and appreciated PRG's on going efforts to redevelop the Powderhorn Neighborhood in Minneapolis. It's an organization that deserves the support of a new webpage.

2013-02-07 18:07:26 UTC

PRG has been and continues to be an important asset in our community.

2013-02-07 20:50:38 UTC

PRG's work is vital to stablizing neighborhoods and rebuilding communities. What an awesome organization!

2013-02-07 21:20:54 UTC

Please help PRG, Inc. make their website more user friendly and easier to register for Homebuyer Workshops! This is a fantastic organization.

2013-02-07 22:19:09 UTC

PRG does fantastic work for the comunity.

2013-02-08 04:40:19 UTC

Because of PRG I was able to own my first home.
Thank you

2013-02-08 07:23:03 UTC

This vital organization does so much in the community. Please help PRG with a new website so they can do their work even better!

2013-02-08 14:54:07 UTC
Kate Barr

PRG is a wonderful asset in the community that helps people dealing with both problems and possibilities find and stay in affordable housing. Their website doesn't communicate their services well enough - it's more like a brochure listing information. More than that, PRG's website doesn't convey the caring, personal approach that the staff have with clients and community members. Too much text and not enough human element. A new website could help them break through and communicate their values and mission better.

2013-04-09 07:30:43 UTC

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Our Mission

PRG's mission is to provide quality, affordable housing and related services to contribute to family self-sufficiency and neighborhood stability. By serving first-time and first-generation homebuyers, we give individuals and families the tools they need to make great home buying decisions and build long-term wealth and stability. By providing free foreclosure counseling, we help families find ways to avoid foreclosure and keep their homes. Our success rate at preventing foreclosures is over 80%. By developing high quality, affordable places to live, we create great opportunities for families with modest incomes to prosper.