Market Watch Issue #1: Minneapolis

Written by Carolyn Szczepanski & Gabriela Norton Across the Twin Cities, the growing ranks of renter households are facing an increasingly challenging housing market with rising rents and declining vacancy rates. While developers are leveraging public and private resources to create new affordable units, current owners of unsubsidized rental properties have…

Out of Reach 2018: The growing crisis in workforce housing

A productive workforce requires safe, stable housing. Yet, too many Minnesotans laboring in the most in-demand jobs must pay too much for housing, forcing them to forgo groceries, medicine and other critical daily needs to make ends meet. While workforce housing often focuses on modest-income households,…

Key Housing Issues Facing Immigrant Communities

This report details key findings from interviews conducted by the Minnesota Budget Project, Minnesota Housing Partnership, and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs with more than a dozen leaders from the Hmong, Latino and Somali communities, the three largest immigrant communities in…

A New Approach to Fair Housing Community Engagement

This report outlines how the engagement process employed for a 2017 addendum to the Twin Cities region 2014 fair housing Analysis of Impediments could serve as a model for other jurisdictions as they plan their community participation required under the new federal fair housing rule. (July…

Rental Snapshots

Housing impacts every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we can access to the educational outcomes of our kids. But too many people in our community pay too much for housing, forcing hard-working families to choose between paying the rent or buying adequate groceries, covering healthcare and other critical…