Last month, the US Census Bureau released data from the 2013 American Community Survey, the best regular source of housing data available for Minnesota. MHP staff sifted through the data, looking to discern what changed and what remained the same for housing in Minnesota. The data suggest a few slight improvements between 2012 and 2013,* but longer term trends are sobering. In 2013, conditions remained difficult for renters, and lower-income renters in particular. Housing disparities for owners, among the worst in the nation, also persisted.
The analysis below gives more detail for understanding the latest in housing data for Minnesota.
Last week, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency awarded $162 million for housing development, which will touch 4,000 Minnesota households. Each will benefit from rehab or new construction of a safe, secure place to call home. This award package gives us many reasons to celebrate, both for the people who will benefit and for all the advocates and legislators who championed Homes for Allto make a bigger pie.
We also want to take stock of our work ahead -- for every dollar awarded there were almost two dollars' worth of requests that were left unfunded.
Read on for background and analysis of the awards to help inform our work going forward.
The September Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Board meeting covered several important topics. The board was briefed about the administrative complaint being filed with HUD against the Agency and several other entities. The board also approved the 2015 Affordable Housing Plan after review of public comments. Additionally, two pilot programs received funds - one assisting young families and another protecting affordable housing properties. In further news, the Agency withstood their first major computer virus attack.
According to a recent Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies & AARP Foundation study, by 2030, the number of people aged 65 and older is estimated to reach 73 million, increasing by 33 million in two decades. Here in Minnesota, more than 1 in 5 residents in each of our 87 counties will be over 65 by this date. This “rapid aging” of America, including Minnesota, creates several challenges for housing, ranging from affordability to accessibility. What do we need to do in our state to ensure that the needs of seniors will be met?