- Created: Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:44
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
From Greenbush to Worthington, Ely to Austin, public housing provides shelter to more than 36,500 Minnesotans statewide. With the vast majority of households headed by seniors and people with disabilities, public housing provides safe and affordable homes to low-income people who would otherwise lack adequate housing. A new MHP report highlights the populations served by public housing, and the impact of the Publicly Owned Housing Program (PHOP) in preserving in-demand community assets across the state.
Home to more than 20,000 households in communities across the state, public housing predominantly provides homes to our most vulnerable community members: seniors, children, veterans, and people with mental or physical illness or disabilities. Excluding Minneapolis*, 65% of public housing households across the state have a head of household who is a senior, has a disability, or who is both a senior and has a disability. Thirty-three percent of households include children, and 60 percent of households earn less than $15,000 per year. By providing stable shelter for those who often face the biggest barriers, public housing reduces costs in other areas, like shelters and services for the homeless and disabled.