MN Housing board update: Agency discusses state planning, manufactured housing and model supportive housing development
- Created: Monday, 29 August 2016 14:57
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
At its August meeting, the board of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency discussed a range of topics, including the state's 2017 Affordable Housing Plan, the model collaboration that led to the grand opening of a supportive housing development in Grand Rapids and the increasing threat to manufactured housing parks, which provide significant affordable housing supply.
No special session
In her opening remarks, Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal expressed her disappointment that the Minnesota legislature will not hold a special session. This means that the resources available for the upcoming funding round will be less than originally expected, although there will be a small amount of bonding resources available as several previously awarded projects required fewer resources than were originally awarded.
Model collaboration in Grand Rapids
In her report on recently attended groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, Tingerthal highlighted the community process associated with the Beacon Hill project in Grand Rapids (pictured above). She credited the Housing Institute, created and facilitated by MHP and GMHF, with organizing and facilitating a cross-disciplinary community leadership process. This led to a multi-faceted development addressing a number of community interests. Family housing was created side-by-side with supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness and with special needs, all sharing services through a new community center. Tingerthal said that the process and development spurred a sense of community pride, and fostered what the participants believe will be an enduring partnership.