Local Housing Trust Funds in Minnesota: 2020 Update
(March 2021)
This report highlights Minnesota cities and counties that have adopted local housing trust funds (LHTFs). Since the adoption of a 2017 state law defining housing trust funds, communities across Minnesota have began adopting LHTFs at an escalating rate. This report provides featured stories from several of these communities across Minnesota.
515 Properties in Minnesota: Preserving affordable rental housing in rural communities 
(January 2021)
This report describes important affordable rural rental properties across Minnesota and the people who live there. These are rental units that have been financed under the USDA’s Section 515 program. As federal investments in the 515 program have been insufficient and declining for many years, many 515 properties are in declining condition. Part of the effort to save these properties is to quantify and describe these properties and who lives in them. MHP, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, analyzed the most recently available data. A more full summary of the report is found here.
(May 2020)
MHP's Factsheet provides recommendations and references for local government use of CARES Act funds for housing stability, including CDBG, Emergency Services Grants (ESG), and Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). Additional tools for local government housing support, including Local Housing Trust Funds (LHTF) are also provided. This factsheet includes examples of emergency housing assistance programs adopted by by peer communities to address gaps in federal and state aid for housing needs. 
(April 2020)
This report identifies challenges to preservation of rural rental housing and solutions developed by community members that live and work in Greater Minnesota. The report highlights needs and solutions for USDA Rural Development 515 properties. A cover letter, here, connects report recommendations to COVID-19 housing stability needs.
(May 2018)
This report highlights the populations served by public housing, and the impact of the Publicly Owned Housing Program (POHP) in preserving in-demand community assets across the state.
(November 2017)
This resource explains important market factors HUD grantees and subgrantees should consider when analyzing and understanding the characteristics and needs of their potential buyer markets and how to attract homebuyers. Instead of focusing solely on the supply of affordable housing, successful development or redevelopment needs to include strategies that align with demand.
(November 2017)
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 the Twin Cities. The report explores not only what barriers to housing exist, but also what resources and community engagement strategies are needed to create effective solutions.
A New Approach to Fair Housing Community Engagement
(July 2017)
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.
This report provides an overview of the HUD's Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) as carried out by rural and smaller metropolitan regions. It is based on a review of FHEA documents and interviews with the grantees responsible for the preparation of the FHEA. The intent of the report is to inform federal agencies and equity advocates how rural and smaller metropolitan areas can plan for equitable opportunity. 
(April 2014)
An uneven recovery is unfolding in Minnesota five years after the housing collapse this joint Minnesota Housing Partnership - Minnesota 2020 study finds. While a modest recovery is under way for middle- and upper-income homeowners, there's been virtually no recovery for those with more limited means, especially renters.
(December 2013)
This report investigates the impacts of sequestration-induced budget cuts to Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV or Section 8 Vouchers) and Public Housing. Together these programs provide housing assistance to over 50,000 Minnesota households. Cuts to HCV and public housing have left local housing authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance.
Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities Fact Sheets
(June 2012)
This series of fact sheets reviews the linkages between housing, community design, and health with an eye towards creating healthy homes and communities in Minnesota. In addition to an overview, factsheets are also tailored to communities with special influence for creating healthy homes and communities, including health care providers, housing developers and managers, and employers. Visit the Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities website for more information. View the following fact sheets:

Housing as a Lever for Economic Stimulus
(February 2009)
This MHP-sponsored study finds that state funding for housing infrastructure, both new construction and rehabilitation, is a powerful tool to create jobs, economic activity and public revenues while addressing the housing crisis.

Survey of Applicants to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Section 8 Waiting List
(June 2009)
This report presents the key findings of an original face-to-face survey of over 150 people applying for Section 8 vouchers during a recent opening of the waiting list for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. 12,000 people applied for vouchers over a 2-day period in June 2009.

Manufactured Housing in Minnesota: Overview and Policy Challenges
(May 2008)
This report provides basic demographic information about manufactured housing and its residents, compares the characteristics of manufactured housing and site-built homes, provides a better understanding of the sales, titling, financing, taxation, and consumer protections of manufactured housing, and offers a set of broad policy recommendations.

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INVESTMENT AT RISK: Public Housing in Minnesota
(May 2008)
In order to gauge the impact of shortfalls in funding for public housing in the state, this study pairs original survey research of housing authorities with analysis of HUD data and other supplemental data. The report finds that substantial cuts in funding have led to an array of challenges for public housing agencies.

Building Public Will: Background Research and Analysis
(May 2008)
This report is designed to create an information base for increasing public acceptance and support for affordable housing in Minnesota. The report analyzes affordable housing campaigns from across the country, synthesizes the literature on polling, messaging, and public opinion relaged to building support for affordable housing, and makes recommendations.

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