Key Facts

  • A home is considered affordable if a family spends less than 45% of their income on housing and transportation costs.
  • From 2000-2014, average income for renters fell 12%, but the average rent increased by 7% (Minnesota Housing).
  • Homeownership rates declined from 76% in 2006 to 72% in 2014 (Minnesota Housing).
  • Between 2012 and 2015, there was a 7.6% decrease in homelessness across the Twin Cities; still, 6,202 people are homeless on any given night, 35% of whom are children (Wilder Research).

In Her Own Words

“Having my own home made me learn that having a place to live was the most important thing of all. Everything starts its life by having a place to live and a place to call home. I’m really thankful to my parents, because they found a great place for me to be and they help raise me every day as I grow.”
Jennifer Lee, age 12