Key Facts

  • A home is considered affordable if a family spends less than 45% of their income on housing and transportation costs.
  • In the first quarter of 2014, the rental vacancy was below 2.5% (Minnesota Housing Partnership), making it hard for families to find affordable rental housing.
  • Homeownership rates declined from 76% in 2006 to 71% in 2012 (Minnesota Housing Partnership).
  • Between 2006 and 2012, there was a 30% increase in the number of homeless individuals, and homelessness is affecting more and more children.

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