MHP to launch a multi-year housing campaign: Request for Proposals

MHP is excited to launch a multi-year statewide housing campaign in 2022. We seek to change the hearts and minds of people throughout the state about housing—dispel myths and stereotypes about who needs and lives in affordable homes and promote understanding about how housing affects our ability to succeed and thrive – in order to ultimately achieve legislative victories for housing at the state legislature.  

We hope you will support us in our effort to generate game-changing and sustained housing investments and policies. Linked here you’ll find our RFP for campaign and communications services. Please help us get the word out about this widely!  

We at MHP look forward to updating our community as this campaign moves forward. 

RFP Response Deadline: 

Responses are due by Thursday, July 14, 2022, end of business (5:00 pm). Please send all responses via email to RFP_Housing_Campaign@mhponline.orgReview of RFP responses will begin as soon as responses are received and will continue until selection. 

Housing Institute 8: Four Teams from SE MN to Address Housing Challenges in their Communities

On a windy Rochester day, Housing Institute 8 teams gathered to learn how to achieve more affordable housing in their community.

MHP established the Housing Institute in 2010, bringing together housing leaders and stakeholders to share experiences and best practices to catalyze the development of affordable housing throughout the state. This peer-to-peer exchange drives the formation of regional partnerships through a team-based approach, capitalizing on local expertise and resources.

Now in its eighth iteration, the 2022-2023 Housing Institute (HI8) features four teams from Southeastern Minnesota communities: Janesville, Wabasha, Winnebago, and Winona. Throughout the next year and a half, the teams will pursue a specific project addressing the housing challenges they face. MHP supports these efforts via direct technical assistance and workshops.

This past month, MHP kicked off HI8’s first workshop in Rochester, Minnesota with a hybrid in-person/virtual format. MHP worked with the teams in identifying community housing challenges they each hope to address―establishing a firm foundation for the work to come.

Future workshops will include exploration of development models and strategies, existing resources, funding opportunities, and more. Curriculum is tailored to each teams’ needs, driving solutions in supportive and senior housing opportunities, addressing homelessness, and identifying viable building territory. Keep an eye on our website to see how teams progress at the Institute! Questions about the Housing Institute? Contact Housing Institute Coordinator Harlan Buckalew via phone at 651-925-5536 or harlan.buckalew [at]

*URGENT* Call Legislative Leadership by FRIDAY!

Calls/emails are needed by early Friday morning to get the Governor and legislative leadership to agree on the need for a Special Legislative Session. Specifically, we need them to agree on significant affordable housing, homeless service, and tenant protection policy and funding.

A personalized message about the need to act is always the best. However, if you want to take action quickly, you can also Click here for a customizable email or simply use all or part of Homes for All’s statement on a Special Session:

“Minnesota is facing a severe housing crisis. We have a shortage of affordable housing units, a record-breaking number of evictions, increasing numbers of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and an ever-growing racial homeownership disparity. With our state’s surplus, we can and must invest in safe, accessible, affordable housing across the continuum. We call on the Minnesota Legislature to have a Special Session to finish the work of this session and ensure all Minnesotans have a place to call home.”

Governor Tim Walz
651-201-3400 (the ‘contact the Governor’s office’ webpage form)

Majority Leader
Senator Jeremy R. Miller

Speaker of the House
Representative Melissa Hortman

Thank you for your advocacy!

June 14: Join MHP and MCCD for a QAP listening session

Minnesota Housing, MHP and MCCD are hosting an in-depth engagement session on the to the 2024-2025 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Self-Scoring Worksheet ​Tuesday, June 14. Minnesota Housing’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) describes how Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (HTC) are distributed to multifamily rental projects.  ​Minnesota Housing will present an overview of proposed changes to the QAP and answer questions.  Participant input will be utilized by Minnesota Housing, as one of several engagement sessions, and will also inform MHP’s comments on the 2022 QAP.

Summary of the proposed changes can be found here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT 

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 813 7667 5806 

Dial-in: 312-626-6799 

Passcode: 81376675806#

OSAH-MN Federal Housing Advocacy Updates & Training

Tuesday, June 14, 10-11:30 am

Join Minnesota’s Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN) Campaign to learn what action Congress is taking to support housing justice through resources and policy. You will learn about the OSAH-MN campaign, get updates on what is happening in Washington, DC, and receive training on federal advocacy activities. 

You can access a recording of this program here, program slides here, and the meeting chat here

Several advocacy actions were recommended by Sarah Saadian of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Links referenced during Sarah’s presentation can be found here.

We invite you to join the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home!  You can join the campaign here

Additional housing resources include:

The Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN) is a federal advocacy campaign working to meet the housing needs of under-resourced Minnesotans. OSAH-MN is committed to organizing locally and acting at the federal level to secure the resources necessary to ensure that everyone has a home. 

Market Watch Issue #8: Mankato, Moorhead & St. Cloud

Across the state, growing ranks of renter households are facing an increasingly challenging housing market with rising rents and declining vacancy rates—a problem which has been exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19. Current owners of unsubsidized rental properties lack the tools to preserve and improve aging properties necessary to maintain homes for current and future tenants. 

MHP has published this research series tracking key trends in the unsubsidized multifamily rental markets across the state. In the eighth report, MHP, in partnership with Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, tracks trends in the rental markets of Mankato, Moorhead, and St. Cloud.

Read the Full Report Here

For the purposes of this report, naturally occurring affordable housing, or NOAH, refers to unsubsidized properties that have rents that are affordable to households at 60% of the area median income (AMI). Because these properties are not subsidized, owners are not required to keep rents affordable to any particular income; rents may change because of the sale of the property, improvements to the property, changes in market conditions, or other owner decisions.

Heat Map for Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing in Greater Minnesota

A heat map indicates statistically significant clustering of an event, rather than total count of an event. This illustrates areas that contain a significant amount of multifamily, market rate buildings with units that rent at or under 60% of AMI.

Key Research Findings Include:

➣ In Mankato, Moorhead, and St. Cloud, an average renter earns less than half of the annual income that homeowners do. Black, Indigenous and people of color, or BIPOC, households are disproportionately renters, and thus most adversely impacted by lack of affordable rental housing.

➣ The majority of NOAH units in the St. Cloud metro area are one-bedrooms located in Class C buildings. With most NOAH units limited in size, many large families at 60% AMI may not be able to find adequately-sized, quality rental homes in St. Cloud.

➣ NOAH units in the Mankato metro area are more likely to be located in medium to large buildings, averaging 57 units, which is larger than the average size for the state. To preserve NOAH properties in Mankato, financing tools and policies should be tailored to NOAH properties of this size.

➣ The vast majority of low-income households in each metro area studied are cost burdened and housing insecure, reducing spending on necessities like food, medicine, and child care in order to pay the rent. Cost burdened renters, especially those with lower incomes, are likely to be residents of NOAH properties and unprotected from market changes to their rent.  

NOAH: Market Rate Properties with Units Renting at or Below 60% of AMI

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DATA SOURCE: Unless otherwise noted, data in this report comes from CoStar, a national commercial real estate database that directly sources property management to track multifamily properties with four or more units. This data (accessed in February 2022) includes 704 market rate, existing multifamily properties in the St. Cloud, Mankato and Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). This report analyzes data for approximately 25,987 unsubsidized rental units in properties with 4 or more units, excluding those that are currently under construction or renovation.

RENT DATA: CoStar provides average, rather than median, rent data. Of the approximately 704 unsubsidized rental properties tracked by CoStar and included in this analysis, 58% include rent data. All rents are adjusted for inflation.

This report was published in May 2022, with data analysis, writing and mapping by Gabriela Norton, Research Manager at Minnesota Housing Partnership, and graphics and design by Brian Muhs, Communications and Engagement Associate.

Questions about data? Contact Media inquiries? Contact jenny.jones(at)

Job Posting: Community Development Associate

MHP seeks someone interested in and committed to affordable housing that wants to start at the ground level assisting our Community Development department.

You’ll provide support for our team’s work of planning, coordinating, delivering and reporting on Community Development projects across the country.

This is a very interesting and busy position! No need to live in Minnesota either—we are 100% remote.

Special Session Hopes for Housing

Minnesota is so close to legislative deal – let’s get all sides together to get the job done! As time (and the legislative session) passes, the needs for housing have only grown. Minnesota families need safe, stable housing to thrive

Star Tribune on the possibility of a special session.

Minnesota Renter Snapshot Series: May 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity for millions of households, especially for low-income, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) households. However, the solutions are not elusive—when given access to emergency rental assistance, the renters most in need experienced housing stability

Households of color have been more likely than white households to apply for assistance, a difference that likely reflects income disparities by race and ethnicity, as Black households are more than twice as likely to report being behind on rent compared to white households. Despite the success of emergency rental assistance in addressing housing instability, more resources are needed; over half of low income renters behind on rent have not applied for rental assistance. Download the May 2022 Renter Snapshot.

Emerging Developer Initiative for Northwest Minnesota

Dedicated to the professional support of new housing developers from rural communities & Native Nations

MHP’s Emerging Developer Initiative (EDI) was created to support the emergence and professional development of new housing developers from rural communities and Native Nations in Northwest Minnesota. The only program of its kind in Minnesota’s Northwest region, the EDI is dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs in the housing development industry, through education, mentorship, peer to peer learning and more.

The EDI centers the participation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, who will comprise at least half of the EDI cohort membership.

The EDI is supported by:

For more information on participation in the EDI, click here.

View a regional profile of NW Minnesota here.

Contact: Donald Goggleye [at]