The mission of Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP)is to promote homes for all Minnesotans and assist Minnesota communities in the creation and preservation of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income people.
We believe local organizations should be active in the creation and maintenance of affordable housing and our primary goal is to support local groups in their attempts to build the capacity to create and sustain affordable housing while ensuring equal access to this housing.
MHP began in 1987, as an informal coalition organizing community groups and nonprofit developers to play an active role in affordable housing. The catalyst for this effort was the governor of Minnesota’s decision to establish a commission to help guide the state’s role in housing for the decade of the 1990s.
The initial work of MHP focused on informing housing groups of policy and program developments occurring at the state and federal levels. MHP also was a catalyst for increased state funding targeted to addressing the housing needs of low-income people. In addition, MHP helped create the state’s first programs to build the capacity of nonprofit housing providers.
In 1989 MHP incorporated as a member based, nonprofit organization. The MHP board of directors was structured to provide a balance between affordable housing interests in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities.
In 1994 MHP became a major provider of technical assistance and financial support to increase the capacity of housing development groups. MHP administers a predevelopment loan program and provides training and operating grants to nonprofit developers.
MHP’s demonstrated capacity to deliver housing programs led to its recruitment serving as a funding intermediary for several government agency programs:
- Department of Human Services. MHP administers a Crisis Housing Fund that pays housing costs for those receiving treatment for mental illness.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. MHP delivers project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA), including as lead TA-provider for a national/Midwest consortium for HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program .
Over the years, MHP has developed an effective lobbying arm and advocacy network. MHP has earned the respect of affordable housing supporters throughout the state, as well as government and legislative leaders.
Today MHP continues to support housing for all Minnesotans through capacity building, advocacy, and loans and grants.