Changing the Narrative on Housing

A coalition of organizations across the state are collaborating with the Housing Narrative Lab (HNL), a national communications and research hub in undertaking a narrative change project to reframe how Minnesotans talk about housing. The narrative will inform and persuade lawmakers, nonprofits and businesses, the media, and everyday neighbors about the importance of everyone having a place to call home.

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Join us for a 2024 Legislative Preview

Thursday, February 8, 8:00-9:30am • Carpenters Union Hall 730 Olive St, St. Paul, MN 55130

Join Minnesota Legislators, political insiders, and other housing advocates as we preview Minnesota’s 2024 Legislative Session. Networking will begin at 8:00 am with a program running from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Light breakfast and coffee will also be provided.

Register Here to Attend

Please consider supporting this event! Contact Luke Avery for more information.

Work with MHP

MHP is seeking a Community Development Manager to advance community and affordable housing development for rural and Native communities by leading capacity-building work plans, facilitating Housing and Native Institute teams, and coordinating the work of other staff and contractors in partnership with community-based teams.

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Events & Webinars

Housing on the Ballot: Engaging Candidates in 2024

June 21 • 9 - 11:00am • Zoom 2024 is once again a busy election year, with the President on the ballot, all seats for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and much more. In this critical year, we must join together to tell candidates and legislators to housing is a ...

QAP Overview & Conversation

June 20 • 3 - 4:00pm • Sunrise Banks Minnesota Housing is accepting public comments on the proposed 2026-2027 Qualified Action Plan (QAP). Minnesota Housing’s QAP outlines priorities for allocating Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for the annual Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP). The 2026-2027 QAP outlines funding priorities for ...

Callaway County Housing Needs Assessment

In response to the growing housing needs within the Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) eight-county region, CMCA staff identified the need for comprehensive housing needs assessments and action plans within each county they serve. A housing needs assessment is designed to collect data to identify challenges and needs within the community, connect with community stakeholders to capture local knowledge, and suggest strategies to better meet the housing needs of current and future residents. The geographic focus for this study is Callaway County, Missouri, including the Cities of Fulton and Holts Summit. Where data or local knowledge was available, the Towns of Auxvasse, Kingdom City, and Mokane were also included. This analysis, provided through technical assistance from the national nonprofit MHP, is based on the collection and evaluation of quantitative data, such as examinations of sociodemographic trends, economic and employment conditions, current housing stock, housing prices, rental prices and vacancy rates, cost burdens, and the capacity of vacant properties to accommodate
residential development. An overview of these findings is summarized here.

MHP’s Year-End Celebration

A message from Anne Mavity, Executive Director

As we approach 2024, a huge thank you to all of our partners for everything we accomplished this past year—$2B in funding for housing plus $9.9M in tax credits available to Minnesota taxpayers, in addition to MHP’s data-based research publications, and our community development work providing technical assistance to communities in every corner of the state and beyond.

As Governor Walz said last night, it truly takes a village. To achieve our ambitious goals for 2024, MHP has raised more than $2 million for our fiscal year that began on October 1, and we’re looking to the community to secure an additional $900,000 for the coming year. This is what it takes to accomplish all that we do, and we’re confident that with the support of our partners, we can achieve our goals to advance affordable housing in Minnesota and beyond.

Thank you for supporting MHP! For organizational and corporate contributions, please contact Luke Avery at Luke.avery@mhponline.org. For individual contributions, consider MHP for your year-end giving and click this link to support our mission.

Housing Narrative Change Webinar 2: Moving People to Action

Thank you for participating in our virtual event on December 6th, Elements of narrative and building narrative power: Moving people to action. This was the second in the series of four webinars on narrative change. Presentation was courtesy of Marisol Bello, Executive Director of the Housing Narrative Lab (HNL). This webinar explores elements of the narrative ecosystem – values, research, framing, story, message, and strategic communications.

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Take 5 with MHP’s Leah Hall

Take Five is MHP’s series that asks the same five questions of a variety of people intersecting with MHP, from staff to housing advocates! Leah Hall joins MHP as the new Director of Community Development.

Leah Hall

Q1. What is your name and title?

Leah Hall, Director of Community Development

Q2. What attracted you to working with MHP?

It was definitely the MHP mission and values! I was born/raised in a small rural community in northern Minnesota, and I have had the privilege of serving rural communities for 20+ years; I am very passionate about lifting up the incredible strengths that rural community members have and finding ways to best support them as they create home-grown solutions to local community development challenges. Prior to coming to MHP, I had the opportunity to work with MHP staff in communities across Minnesota as they moved MHP’s mission forward through on-the-ground community planning and development work, as well as policy/advocacy work that incorporates the voices of rural communities and housing practitioners.

In summary, I think MHP’s mission/vision and values reflect how I believe communities, especially rural communities, deserve to be served.  

Q3. What’s a challenge in the field of housing right now?

There are a lot of challenges out there right now in the housing field, but one key challenge that I would highlight is access to housing resources. Many communities across the state and nation face significant challenges navigating the complexities that go along with accessing state and federal housing funding opportunities (as well as some large foundation funds) and other services needed to create housing solutions. In addition, some communities just cannot qualify for funds/services they need because they do not meet certain selection criteria.  I think this is especially true in rural communities and Native Nations that have been historically underserved and excluded from opportunities that have a direct impact on their ability to develop housing solutions that fit the unique needs of community members. I do want to add that I think MHP plays a key role in assisting communities most impacted by housing disparities find ways to both access the resources they need, as well as advocating for change at the state and federal level.  

Q4. Is there a book by your bed, and what is it?

So, I have to admit, I am usually either reading the news on my phone before I go to bed or, I have been known to read housing funding/compliance rules and regulations published by the state or federal government (it is much, much more effective than counting sheep!). 

Q5. Who is your superhero? 

Wonder Woman! 


MHP is grateful to the AmeriCorps VISTA program and Sponsoring Organization HOME Line.

Look out for more Take 5 profiles coming soon!

Housing Narrative Change Webinar 1: What is Narrative and Why it Matters

Thank you for participating in our virtual event on January 29th, Putting Research into Practice. This was the first installment in our four-part narrative change webinar series. All resources relating to the statewide housing narrative change project are available on MHP’s Narrative Change Project webpage.

In this webinar the Housing Narrative Lab provided a guided presentation on what is narrative, how it works and why it is so important to our work.

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Tax Credit Contribution Fund Projects

Help finance affordable multifamily and single-family housing
throughout Minnesota

The Minnesota State Housing Tax Credit (SHTC) Contribution Program is a new way to help finance affordable housing throughout the state. Beginning February 1, 2024 eligible Minnesota corporate and individual taxpayers can contribute to the SHTC Program Fund and, in return, receive a substantial credit to offset their Minnesota taxes. Eligible Minnesota taxpayers can contribute between $1,000 and $2 million to the Contribution Fund and receive a state tax credit certificate (TCC) that equals 85% of their total contributions. You may make a Designated Contribution to a specific project or make your contribution to the General Contribution Pool, and it will be awarded to qualified projects through a competitive application process. Learn More about the SHTC Program.

85% TAX CREDIT ON YOUR
CONTRIBUTION
MAKE A DESIGNATED CONTRIBUTION
OR GIVE TO THE GENERAL POOL
62% OF ELI HOUSEHOLDS IN MN USE MORE THAN HALF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING

This program was first introduced in October of 2023 and Minnesota taxpayers contributed almost $7 million to the program before the 2023 deadline in December.  For 2024 there is a new cap of $11.6 million on the total contributions that will be accepted during the year. Applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until the full amount of available contributions have been received or until December, 2024, whichever comes first.

FOR CONTRIBUTORS

DEVELOPERS/OWNERS/ADMINISTRATORS

PROJECTS SEEKING DESIGNATED SHTC CONTRIBUTIONS

The project information below has been submitted by the developer, owner or administrator of the project because they are seeking Designated Contributions from contributors like you. Click on the image of the project for all the project information you will need to submit your contribution application.

We are excited to report
that as of:

06.10.24

Amount of tax credits requested for 2024:

$1,371,000

Maximum tax credits to be allocated in 2024:

$9.9M

  • All Cities
    • All Cities
    • Alexandria
    • Battle Lake
    • Brainerd
    • Brooklyn Center
    • Buhl
    • Chatfield
    • Cold Spring
    • Dalton
    • Fairbault
    • Hackensack
    • Hibbing
    • Le Sueur
    • Little Falls
    • Minneapolis
    • New Brighton
    • North Mankato
    • Owatonna
    • Red Wing
    • Richfield
    • Rochester
    • Sandstone
    • Shakopee
    • Spicer
    • St. Cloud
    • St. Joseph
    • St. Paul
    • St. Peter
    • Thief River Falls
    • Willmar
    • Winona
  • All Developers
    • All Developers
    • Aeon
    • Amani Construction & Development
    • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
    • Bumpy Lane Richfield LLC
    • Bush Companies
    • Central MN Habitat Humanity
    • Central MN Housing Partnership
    • CommonBond Communities
    • Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity
    • First Homes Properties
    • Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity
    • Habitat for Humanity Morrison County
    • Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County
    • Habitat for Humanity of WCM
    • Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota
    • Habitat for Humanity South Central MN
    • Habitat for Humanity Winona County
    • Jillpine
    • Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity
    • North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity
    • North Star Neighbors
    • Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL)
    • Rice County Habitat for Humanity
    • Three Rivers Community Action
    • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
    • Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity
    • YardHomesMN
  • All Owner Types
    • All Owner Types
    • Home Ownership
    • Rental

DISCLAIMER: Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) is providing this Project listing as a public service and it is available to any developer, owner or administrator that believes the Project they are submitting is eligible to receive SHTC Designated Contributions. MHP reserves the right to reject any submitted material that appears to be incomplete, inappropriate and/or defamatory, and will make best efforts to contact the individual who submits the material to inform them of any such decision. The posted information is provided by the developer and the MHP makes NO representations as to the accuracy of the information.

Additional Information

Help finance affordable multifamily and single-family housing
throughout the state of Minnesota

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