MHP in the Media Archive

2013 (January-June)

More families find themselves homeless, says new report, Echo Press, 6/20/2013

Minnesota's Homes for All Coalition Wins Big Victory in State Budget, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 6/7/2013

Negative equity keeps number of metro homes for sale at historic low, Isis Perez, FOX 9 News, 5/28/2013

Tight rental market pushes people out of the Twin Cities, Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio, 5/2/2013

State investment in affordable housing will benefit Itasca County and beyond, Barb Sanderson, Grand Rapids Herald-Review, 5/1/2013

Minnesota homelessness, unaffordable housing rising together, John Tanur Badgley, TC Daily Planet, 5/1/2013

Poppe: House DFLers pass plan to create jobs, Rep. Jeanne Poppe, Austin Daily Herald, 4/17/2013

Minnesota Housing Partnership, Rep. Keith Ellison propose change in mortgage deduction to benefit lower-income homeowners, renters, Lauretta Dawolo Towns, TC Daily Planet, 4/9/2013

Housing market recovering, not recovered, Lee  Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020, 4/8/2013

MAP: Is Affordable Housing Distributed Fairly Across the Twin Cities?, James Warden, Shakopee Patch, 4/8/2013

Association Update: An 'urgent need' for affordable housing in Minnesota, Jim Roth, Finance & Commerce, 4/4/2013

Affordable housing crisis, Almanac: At the Capitol, Twin Cities Public Television, 3/27/2013

Stronger economy helping Minnesota homeowners, but not renters or homeless, Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, and TC Daily Planet, 3/27/2013

Minimum wage earners must work 89 hours per week to afford modest apartment in Minnesota, InsightNews.com, 3/26/2013

Tight rental market, high homeless rate, Channel 12 TV (northwest Twin Cities), 3/26/2013

MN housing: Poor struggle despite recovery, Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio, 3/26/2013

Study: Steele Countians, other Minnesotans earning minimum wage have difficulty affording housing, Al Strain, Owatanna People's Press, 3/26/2013

SEIU Local 26 victory moves working poor closer to middle class, Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020, 3/20/2013

Bipartisan group urges new housing policy for U.S., The Daily Circuit, MPR, 3/19/2013

Our View: Minimum wage hasn't kept up with cost of living, Rochester Post-Bulletin, 3/19/2013

HOUSING COSTS: Minn. ranks worst in Midwest for affordability, Seth Kaplan, Fox 9 News, 3/19/2013

Minimum wage earners must work 89 hours per week to afford modest apartment, Alexandria Echo Press, 3/17/2013

Renting, from rats to riches, Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet, 3/14/2013

Minnesota News Roundup, Pierce County Herald, 3/14/2013

Minnesota Has Least Affordable Rents in the Midwest, KDAL 610 AM, 3/14/2013

Report Shows It's Less Affordable To Rent In Minnesota, WCCO, 3/13/2013

Council on Black Minnesotans has new director, new agenda, new vision to get beyond tolerance, Vickie-Evans Nash, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 3/13/2013

Minnesota has least affordable rent in Midwest, (min. 3:56-4:41) KARE 11 6pm News, 3/12/2013.

Minnesota still most unaffordable state for renters in the Midwest, Aaron Rupar, CityPages Blogs, 3/12/2013

Housing out of reach for minimum wage workers, Mark Anderson, Finance & Commerce, 3/12/2013

Report: Minnesota again least-affordable Midwestern state for renters, Jessica Mador, MPR, 3/11/2013

How to make sure housing doesn't bring down the economy again, Marlys Harris, MinnPost, 2/26/2013

Affordable housing groups push for Met Council action, Drew Kerr, Finance & Commerce, 2/4/2013

Falling Incomes, Rising Rents Squeeze Working Poor, Leigh Rosenberg, MN2020, 1/29/2013

Activists press Dayton on affordable housing, Jessica Mador, MPR, 1/18/2013

Making room for more affordable housing, Mark Anderson, Finance & Commerce, 1/18/2013

 

2012

Homeless students up 21 percent in Duluth, John Fitzgerald, MinnPost, 12/11/2012

Housing aid may be part of deficit cuts, Mark Anderson, Finance & Commerce, 12/11/2012

Number of homeless students up 21 percent in Duluth schools this year, Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune, 12/11/2012

Twin Cities housing: Is it cheaper to own or rent?, Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, 11/29/2012

'Endangered' tax credits a key part of financing affordable housing projects, Marlys Harris, MinnPost 11/21/2012

The Affordable Housing Squeeze, Alex Christensen, Minnesota 20/20, 11/16/2012

Minnesota Seniors Face Burdensome Housing Costs And Could Feel Hand-Cuffed Unless Housing Tax Credits Are Extended, Jenna Thuening, Home Destination, PRWeb, 11/13/2012

Advocates for needy are hopeful DFL Legislature will support 'poverty agenda', Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, 11/8/2012

Help for the homeless: Minnesota tries, but efforts are insufficient, Leigh Rosenberg, Star Tribune, 11/4/2012

Silence on the Stump: Talk of housing is notably absent from the presidential campaigns, but there are efforts underway trying to drive the housing issue home for good, Winton Pitcoff, Shelterforce, Summer 2012.

Suburbs, state top Mpls for growth in homeless students, Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, 9/12/2012

Report indicates more homelessness, greater renter and homeowner disparity, Brandt Williams, MPR, 9/11/2012

For low income renters, few affordable housing options in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 9/11/2012.

Report shows rental housing shortages in Minnesota counties, Echo Press, Alexandria, MN, 9/8/2012

State lacks safe and affordable housing, Carrie McDermott, The Daily News (North Dakota), 9/7/2012.

Recession Still Grips Affordable Housing, Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 20/20, 9/6/2012

Report: 94% of MN Counties Lack Affordable Rental Housing, Twin Cities Business Magazine, Christa Meland, 9/5/2012

Report: Low-income families struggle to afford rental housing, All Things Considered, Jon Collins, MPR, 9/4/2012

Housing gaps in 94% of state's counties, Finance and Commerce, 9/4/2012

Affordable Housing Scarce for Low Income Renters, Lee Voss, AM 1240 WJON, St. Cloud, 9/4/2012

94 percent of Minnesota counties lack affordable rental housing, Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, 9/4/2012

Report: Area housing prices too high for low incomes, Kirsti Marohn, St. Cloud Times, 9/4/2012

City of Roseau Awarded $10,000 Grant from Minnesota Housing Partnership for County-wide Housing Study, WILD 102, Roseau, MN, 9/4/2012

$1 million in federal money to give rural areas a boost, Star Tribune, 8/17/2012

Helping MN Vets Back on Their Feet, Karin Todd, Minnesota 2020, 8/9/2012

A homeownership initiative to help the Little Earth community, Anna Pratt, The Line, 8/1/2012

Minnesota Housing Costs Highest in Midwest, KNSI Radio, 7/17/2012

MN Worst in the Midwest for Affordable Rents, John Michaelson, Public News Service, 7/17/2012

Helping families stand on their own, Pat Pheifer, Star Tribune, 7/4/2012

2012's Little-known Legislative Gains, Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota 2020, 6/19/2012

Report shows good news on housing market; bad news for homeless, Alexandria Echo Press, 6/17/2012

Regional approach needed to support fair housing in Twin Cities metro — but will grassroots voices be heard in planning and decisions?, Sheila Regan, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 6/15/2012

Letter of the Day: Rental housing, Chip Halbach, Star Tribune, 6/12/2012

Renters Need an 86-Hour Work Week, Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020, 5/2/2012

A pitch for affordable housing, Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune Minnesota Matters, 4/18/2012

Low vacancy rates leading to higher rents:Twin Cities' average rent is projected to continue rising, Aaron DuBois, Minnesota Daily, 4/3/2012

Bonding for building: Minnesota organizations work together to get legislature to fund housing, Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 3/30/2012

Housing squeeze tight for Minnesota's low-income families, Steven Dornfeld, 3/26/2012, MinnPost

In Twin Cities, rent is up, while vacancies are down, Delane Cleveland, 3/22/2012, Channel 12 News

Housing major is often overlooked, Emily Morgan, 3/21/2012, Minnesota Daily

Metro rental housing availability hits 10-year low, Jim Hammerand, 3/21/2012, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

A push for state bonding for affordable housing, Mark Anderson, 3/20/2012, Finance & Commerce

Housing Pro Talks Metro Rental Market Woes, Fox 9 News, 3/20/2012

Sweet home data from February, Jim Buchta, 3/20/2012, Star Tribune

Report: Twin Cities rental market tightest in a decade, Jessica Mador, MPR, 3/20/2012

Minnesota rated the least affordable state for housing in the Midwest, Jessica Mador, MPR, 3/14/2012

A little empathy for unemployed women, Debra Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, 3/6/2012

Debunking Myths of Affordable Housing, Chip Halbach, Minnesota 2020, 2/17/2012

Housing organizations look to collaborate, Fox 21 News, Duluth. 2/15/2012 6pm newscast. 11:04-11:40 segment features MHP's Housing Institute

TPT documentary sheds light on area's innovative affordable housing projects, Anna Pratt, The Line, 2/15/2012

Housing documentary spotlights Apple Valley development, Andrew Miller, ThisWeek Newspapers, 2/8/2012

Documentary highlights innovative housing, Janet Moore, StarTribune, 2/7/2012

Bonding Homes, Bonding Communities, Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020, 1/24/2012

OPINION: USDA investment stabilizes Minnesota's countryside. Lee Egerstrom, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 1/20/2012

Homelessness on the rise in the Twin Cities schools: Shayla's story. Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 1/6/2012

 

2011
 
Alexandria Echo Press, 12/17/2011
 
Chris Newmarker, Finance and Commerce, 11/14/2011
 
Kristin Holtz, Shakopee Valley News, 10/25/2011
 
Kristin Holtz, Chaska Herald, 10/23/2011
 
Paul Tosto, Minnesota Public Radio, 10/10/2011
 
Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune, 10/9/2011
 
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet, 9/25/2011
 
Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, 9/17/2011
 
Jessica Mador, MPR, 9/14/2011
 
Coon Rapids ECM Publishers, 9/14/2011
 
David Brauer, MinnPost, 9/15/2011
 
Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, TruthToTell Radio, 9/5/2011
 
Rental housing squeeze tightens across greater Minnesota
John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection, 8/31/2011
 
Lisa Gonzales, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 8/21/2011
 
Alexandria Echo Press, 8/20/2011
 
HometownSource.com, 8/19/2011
 
Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, 7/22/2011
 
Jim Buchta, Star Tribune Blog, 7/22/2011
 
Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio, 7/14/2011
 
Gita Sitamariah, Pioneer Press, 7/8/2011
 
Pioneer Press, 6/26/2011
 
Alexandria Echo Press, 6/18/2011
 
Wendy Wilson, Alexandria Echo Press, 6/1/2011
 
Fox 9 News, 5/5/2011
 
KARE 11 News, 5/4/2011
 
Jessica Lussenhop, City Pages, 5/3/2011
 
Sharon Rolenc, Public News Service, 5/3/2011
 
Alexandria Echo Press, 5/3/2011
 
Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio, 5/2/2011
 

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 5/2/2011

Scott Carlson, Finance and Commerce, 3/14/2011

Madeline Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, 3/14/2011
 
 
2010
 

Haves, have-nots and the housing market
Paul Tosto, Minnesota Public Radio, 12/22/2010

 

A mixed bag for 3Q housing in Minn.
Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio, 12/17/2010
 

 

The Next Generation of Public Housing: A Closer Look at the 'Rental Housing Revitalization Act'
Sharon Rolenc, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 11/15/10
The nation's public housing system is poised to undergo historic changes. Some housing advocates are saying "too much, too soon," while other contend it can't happen soon enough... Click here for the full story.


Bill Aims to Save Public Housing With Private Financing
Sharon Rolenc, MN News Connection/Public News Service, 11/10/10
ST. PAUL, Minn. - About 150,000 housing units have been lost nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The reason: The deteriorating buildings needed repairs, but lacked adequate federal funding to get them done... Click here for the full story.


Frogtown's Foreclosure Story: Rentals
Scott Carlson, Finance & Commerce, 11/9/10
The latest buzz is that foreclosures remain close to record levels with the bulk of filings now caused by to single family homeowners either taking big pay cuts or losing their jobs. / That’s why I found it so illuminating this week to learn that some of the Twin Cities neighborhoods hardest hit by foreclosures are ones with a heavy concentration of rental housing... Click here for the full story.


Twin Cities Housing: Livable Communities Program Falls Short
MHP letter to Star Tribune, 7/5/10
Tim Thompson's June 12 commentary ("Affordable housing takes a hit in metro"), and Patricia Nauman's June 22 response ("Housing takes more than a village, or city"), each shed light and yet missed a major shortcoming with the Metropolitan Council's Livable Communities Program... Click here for the full letter.


MN Still in Grip of Crisis in Housing
Molly Young, Star Tribune, 6/15/10
Thousands fewer jobs and thousands more foreclosures add up to a lingering housing crisis, suggests a study released Monday. / While the number of residential construction jobs fell to a 13-year low in the first quarter of 2010, home foreclosures hit an 18-month high, according to the quarterly report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership... Click here for the full story. 

Report: With Foreclosures Up, Recovery Still Eludes Housing
Scott Carlson, Finance & Commerce, 6/15/10
Minnesota logged more than 6,700 foreclosures during the first three months of 2010, the highest quarterly number posted in a year and a half, the Minnesota Housing Partnership said Monday. / That’s one key indicator why Minnesota’s housing market has yet to make an economic rebound, the St. Paul-based nonprofit organization said in its latest “2 × 4” Report... Click here for the full story.

MN's Elusive Economic Recovery: Foreclosures on the Rise Again
Sharon Rolenc, Laura Thornquist, MN News Connection/Public News Service, 6/14/10
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Economic recovery continues to elude Minnesota's housing market. New data from the "2-by-4" report put out by the Minnesota Housing Partnership reveal the highest number of recorded foreclosures in six quarters. Jobs in residential construction continue to decline, and homelessness remains a problem, particularly among families with school-age children. / Chip Halbach, executive director of the Partnership, says there is a time factor at work... Click here for the full story.

MN Housing: Still a Long Way from Normal
Paul Tosto, MinnEcon/MPR, 6/14/10
MinnEcon readers know we've been concerned about the next wave of foreclosure problems in Minnesota and their potential effect on any housing recovery. A new report today from the Minnesota Housing Partnership shows why there's reason to be concerned. / It also offers a little hope... Click here for the full story --along with Elizabeth Dunbar's MPR News: Report: Foreclosures rise sharply in Minnesota 

A Housing Crisis for the Working Poor
Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, 4/24/10
In Minnesota's recession-racked economy, it took Teresa Jackson months to find a $10-an-hour part-time job parking cars at Twins games. She earns $1,000 to $1,200 a month. Her two-bedroom duplex in north Minneapolis rents for $750 a month. Jackson's rent is well over half of her income... Chip Halbach, the Minnesota Housing Partnership's director, says this situation is not sustainable. "If you're in that lowest wage range of $10 an hour, you're not going to be able to find any decent apartment," Halbach said... Click here for the full story. 

Star Tribune commentary: "Lake Street fire--A question of safety, affordability"
Chip Halbach, 4/21/10
In the aftermath of the deadly Lake Street fire two weeks ago in Minneapolis, the safety of the Twin Cities' rental housing stock has been the focus of attention... Some might wonder why people would be willing to live in these clearly unsafe conditions... Click here for the full commentary. 

Apartment Vacancies, Homelessness Rising in Minneapolis, St. Paul
Brandi Stillings, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 4/15/10
Homelessness is climbing, jobs are scarce and as a result apartment vacancies are at a five-year high in Minnesota. According to a report from the nonprofit Minnesota Housing Partnership, metro area vacancy rates for rental housing rose to a five-year high of 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, with little change in vacancy rates over the past five quarters... Click here for the full story. 

Tough Climb for MN Housing Construction Workers & Delinquent Homeowners
Laura Thornquist, MN News Connection/Public News Service, 4/5/10
Being a housing construction worker in Minnesota right now is a tough road to travel. New data from the "2×4" report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) reveals that fewer workers were able to earn a living by building and rehabbing homes than in any fourth quarter since 1992, as the number employed fell to 8,500. In the last four years, Minnesota has lost over half its housing construction jobs... Click here for the full story. 

A Necessary Conversation
MHP letter to Pioneer Press, 3/31/10
Bob Shaw’s March 28 story (“Is any home good enough for the homeless?”) brings to light a critical challenge for Minnesota communities. Unfortunately, the story also wrongly quotes me as saying that housing developed by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, one of the state’s leading developers of decent homes for lower-income families, is a “bad deal.” In fact, I would have said just the opposite... Where do we go as a community?... Click here for the full story. 

Minnesota Housing Construction Jobs Tumble
Scott Carlson, Finance & Commerce, 3/25/10
Employment in Minnesota’s residential construction sector hit an 18-year low in the fourth quarter of 2009, one sign of continuing trouble in the housing industry, according to the Minnesota Housing Partnership. But one housing industry insider predicts that the dearth of new residential building in the last couple years could turnaround in three to five years, resulting in a shortage of construction labor... Click here for the full story. 

Would-be Renters Forced to Live with Family, Friends
Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 3/23/10
The recession may have officially ended last summer, but a new report out Monday shows continued turmoil in housing. At 7.3 percent, the apartment vacancy rate in the Twin Cities is the highest since 2004 and jobs in housing construction fell below 8,500-- the lowest since 1992... Click here for the full story.

 

2009
 
Review: More MN Families Still Struggling with Housing Costs
Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio, 10/1/09
MHP researcher Leigh Rosenberg says the numbers clearly show the impact of the ongoing recession: "A lot of families are really struggling to retain housing and to afford the housing that they do have when it competes with other needs. There can be a real struggle for families when there is a choice between: Do I pay my rent, or do I buy more food this month?" Click here for the full story. 
 
Star Tribune commentary: "Please be patient--we'll get to you in 25 years..."
Chip Halbach, 7/23/09
Minneapolis, MN – A Minneapolis public housing program reflects the dire need for Section 8 vouchers: those on a recent waiting list don't stand to find help until July, 2034. Click here for the full commentary.
 
Star Tribune letter to Editor: "DATA on HOUSING TROUBLES: As housing goes, so goes the economy"
Shannon Guernsey, 7/20/09
[The Star Tribune's] June 15 editorial: "Carefully consider housing data," points to fewer homes for sale yet staying on the market longer and -- compared to the year before, overall -- selling for less. For 2009's first quarter, MHP's just-released Quarterly Housing Indicators frame another aspect of the housing picture: the real-life impact on Minnesota families. Click here for the full published letter. 
 
Homelessness in Hennepin County On the Rise
Annie Baxter, Minnesota Public Radio, 7/1/09
A new report shows that homelessness among families in Hennepin County is on the rise. The report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership finds that many low-income earners are falling behind on rent because of the recession. Chip Halbach, the non-profit's executive director, said some renters are doubling up when they can no longer afford rent. Others fall into homelessness. Click here for the full story.
 
Minnesota Housing survey: Many Cannot Afford Rent in St. Cloud Area
Kirsti Marohn, St. Cloud Times, 6/20/09
New statistics from a statewide nonprofit [MHP] show that a growing number of St. Cloud-area residents are spending an unaffordable portion of their income on housing. Click here for the full story. 
 
Report: Recession Hurting MN Housing Situation
Chris Newmarker, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 6/1/09
The recession is making it increasingly hard for Minnesota households, especially low-income families, to keep their homes, according to a report out from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. Click here for the full story.
 
2008
 
 
Study: Minnesota Public Housing in Disrepair
Jim Wishner/Steve Powers, Public News Service, 5/27/08
St. Paul, MN – Minnesota's public housing is showing its age. A new report by the Minnesota Housing Partnershipfinds sharp funding cuts and rising maintenance costs have combined to put public units in more than 200 communities across the state in jeopardy. Executive Director Chip Halbach says the units serve an essential need. Click here for the full story. 
 
Got Rent? Not Likely
Mark Anderson, Finance and Commerce, 4/11/2008
Minnesota has long enjoyed being a standout in all kinds of state rankings, but here’s one that hurts: Minnesota has the worst rental affordability among 11 Midwestern states, according to a survey conducted by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
 
Costs Test Area Renters
Mackenzie Ryan, St. Cloud Times, 4/8/2008
The average renter in the St. Cloud area pays more than what is affordable on housing, according to a national housing report released Monday. The report uses housing and census data to determine an area's so-called "housing wage" — the wage employees must earn to spend 30 percent of their income on housing and utilities. Workers in St. Cloud must earn $12.23 an hour or $25,440 a year to afford a two-bedroom apartment, the National Low Income Housing Coalition study found. To afford a one-bedroom apartment, workers must earn $10.21 an hour or $21,240 a year, it said. Yet the average St. Cloud-area renter earns about $9.34 an hour.
 
Forum Offers Bleak View of Minnesota Housing
Kevin Giles, Star Tribune, 3/30/2008
Heather Jenson of Monticello came to the podium Sunday to describe how her family's expenses mounted after her husband's car accident in 2002, followed by bankruptcy and finally the loss of their house. Then came Sharon Glover of Golden Valley, who described abusive treatment by a lending company because she had to wait for her Social Security check before making her monthly mortgage payment. Click here to read on. 
 

Mortgage Crisis Hurting Minnesotans More Than Ever
Jaime Reese, Fox 9 News, 3/30/08
MINNETONKA – The Minnesota Housing Partnership and the think-tank Minnesota 2020 hosted a forum on the housing crisis Sunday afternoon. Across the country, 10 percent of homeowners owe more money on their mortgage than their house is worth.Click here to read on.
 
New regulations may come too late to clean up Minnesota's mortgage mess
Julianna Olsen, KARE 11 News, 3/30/08
After the crisis comes change. On Monday, the Bush administration is expected to unveil its plan to keep a closer eye on Wall Street. The plan, in part, would grant the Federal Reserve new powers to keep markets stable. It would also create a watchdog commission for the mortgage market; a step that probably won't help those already mired in Minnesota's mortgage mess.Click here to read on. 
 
New housing numbers paint bleak picture
Glen Barbour, 5 Eyewitness News, 3/30/08
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Housing values for property tax purposes have fallen sharply throughout the Twin Cities area, an ominous sign of budget pressures for local officials but a potential boost for tax-weary homeowners. Click here to read on.

Housing Forum Brings Attention to Community Impact of Vacant Properties
On March 30, Minnesota Housing Partnership and Minnesota 2020 hosted a town hall forum on the impact of foreclosures on Minnesota’s communities. Although much is being done at state and federal levels to address the consumer side of the equation, legislative solutions to rebuilding communities that continue to be pummeled with vacant, foreclosed properties have not been proposed. Almost all of the forum’s speakers implored state and federal lawmakers to provide leadership in creating a comprehensive and targeted response to our unnatural disaster. You can watch a full video of event on MN2020’s Web site. 
 
Property Tax Relief To Help Renters Keep a Roof Over Their Heads
Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service, MN, 3/17/08
St. Paul, MN – A new law signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty could help keep a roof over the heads of thousands of Minnesotans who rent property. It is aimed at making rental rates affordable for people at the low end of the wage scale, according to Barb Jacobs with the Minnesota Housing Partnership.Click here to read on.

Housing's Contribution to the Economy
Chip Halbach, 3/12/08
Recently, state officials said that our economy is in recession and Minnesota is facing a budget deficit of $935 million. Tom Stinson, the state's economist, explained that the housing market is the major cause of the economic slowdown. He noted that last year Minnesota's construction industry lost 8,000 jobs and is expected to lose another 13,000 in 2008.Click here to read on.
Looking for a Place to Call Home in Plymouth
Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 2/20/08
About 3,700 people filed through Plymouth City Hall over two days to pick up applications for Section 8 housing vouchers the city distributes. Those 3,700 will compete in a lottery for 300 spots on the city’s waiting list. Other agencies have seen similar demand for the vouchers, which subsidize rent for low-income people.Click here to read on.
 
Increased Affordable Housing Tax Breaks Sought
Charlie Shaw, Saint Paul Legal Ledger, Feb. 4, 2008
Skyline Tower in St. Paul and the Shingle Creek development in North Minneapolis both provide affordable housing for low-income Minnesotans. But only Skyline, which was built in 1971 and overlooks I-94, qualifies for a state property tax break for affordable housing. Click here to read on.
 
2007
 
Low Rent, High Tech: Affordable Housing Advocates Build Green and Inspire Innovation
Hannah Lobel, Utne Reader, Nov-Dec'07
Affordable housing developments like this one are springing up across the country, showing that green homes can and should be built for everyone, not just because they're good for the environment, but also because they're healthier, more comfortable, and--yes--more affordable. Click here to read entire article. This article features Viking Terrace, a project in Worthington that was supported by a MHP-funded housing study and community development plan.
 
The Challenge of Affordable Housing
Kerri Miller, Midmorning, MPR, 10/23/2007
As the Metropolitan Council requires Twin Cities communities to build thousands of units of affordable housing, cities and residents raise concerns about sharing the burden and the opportunity. Guests include Chip Halbach, executive director of MHP; Steve Lampi, Mayor of Brooklyn Park; Peter Bell, Chair of the Metropolitan Council. Click here to listen
 

Low-income Homes Must Be Built, But Where?
Lora Pabst, Star Tribune, 10/19/2007
The Met Council is requiring cities to build thousands of units while residents worry about crime, property values.Click here to read on
 
Support for Affordable Housing "Builds"
Jim Wishner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service, MN, 10/13/2007
A plan to provide 1.5 million new housing units for low-income families is halfway through Congress. The U.S. House has approved the “National Affordable Housing Trust Fund.” Chip Halbach, with the Minnesota Housing Partnership, says it would have a big impact in Minnesota.Click here to listen 
 
Report: Housing Costs “Going Through the Roof”
Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service, MN, 9/13/2007
New Census Bureau statistics show the cost of housing in Minnesota is emptying a lot of wallets. Barb Jacobs with the Minnesota Housing Partnership describes the crisis facing many of the state’s families. Click here to listen

Homeowners Stressed Due to Home Cost Budgets
Jamie Reesse, Fox 9 News, 9/12/2007
Many Minnesota homeowners are feeling stress after a census survey shows nearly 34 percent of homeowners spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing in 2006.Click here to watch the report. 
 
“But Where Will They Go?”: Addressing the Scope of Foreclosures
Chip Halbach, 8/24/2007
On Aug. 9, hundreds of people turned out for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing on predatory lending at the Minneapolis Central Library. Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank surveyed the standing-room-only scene as speakers told of how boarded-up homes are blighting their communities. Click here to read on.

 

 

 
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