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Graduate Fellow, Summer 2018 (Paid Position)

The Family Housing Fund (FHFund) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help the affordable housing network adapt to the needs of families in complex and constantly changing conditions. To accomplish this, the FHFund draws on networks to identify emerging issues; consolidates and interprets data to inform decision making; recommends adaptive policy, process and practice; convenes stakeholders for collective action; leverages financial, social, political and informational capital for investments; and tests promising new ideas. Please see our website for additional information on the FHFund.

The position: Working with the Program Officer (Build & Preserve), the Graduate Fellow will support the FHFund’s project, Increasing Housing Choice through Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Development. The position is ideal for a graduate student in urban planning.

The Fellow will provide in-depth research, writing, and analysis support for an “ADU in a Box” toolkit to increase homeowners’ opportunities to develop ADUs, and increase renters’ and multigenerational households’ housing choices throughout Twin Cities neighborhoods. The toolkit would be targeted to homeowners in cities where ADUs are permitted. The FHFund would also develop a set of policy recommendations for other municipalities in the Twin Cities who are considering implementing ADU policies.

Tasks may include:

  • Research and create content for the “ADU in a Box” toolkit to support the development of ADUs
    • Research zoning/regulatory context for ADU development in Minneapolis and other Twin Cities municipalities.
    • Create content for a technical assistance workbook to help homeowners navigate through concept development, permitting, design, finance, construction, and operation.
    • Assist in research and writing for case studies, including family/homeowner profiles, floor plans and technical specifications, drawing on ADU owners’, architects’, and contractors’ recent experiences.
  • Determine the potential scale of impact of ADUs in Twin Cities communities
    • Analyze the application of current zoning and building code policy to Minneapolis, St. Paul, and suburban Twin Cities communities to quantify the potential for detached ADU development under current zoning, codes and regulations, and in scenarios in which zoning, codes and regulations were changed/relaxed.
  • Support related efforts, depending on organizational priorities and the fellow’s interests and skills:
    • Creating financing tools for ADU development
    • Developing a set of policy recommendations to support ADU development
    • Facilitating engagement of design professionals to create architectural plans and/or modular development designs for ADU prototypes
    • Supporting convenings of stakeholders to frame the opportunity of increasing access to ADUs in the Twin Cities
  • Support for additional FHFund projects, to be identified.

The position is temporary, 30-40 hours/week, for up to 12 weeks, and may also be structured as a contract/consulting engagement.

Minimum qualifications: Enrollment in graduate program, and strong professional interest in affordable housing, community development, urban planning and/or related fields.

Required skills: Urban planning, GIS analysis, research, communications/technical writing, experience with land use ordinances and zoning.

Additional desirable skills: Policy analysis, architecture/design, housing finance, technical assistance provision, curriculum development, facilitation.

To apply: Review of applications will begin April 30, 2018. Send resume and cover letter by email to:

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April 25th, 2018|FHFund News, Job Opportunities|

FHFund Welcomes New Board Members

At the Family Housing Fund’s (FHFund) 2018 Annual Meeting on April 12th, the Board of Directors elected new officers for the upcoming year. All elections and appointments embody the strong public-private partnerships necessary to meet the FHFund’s vision that all families have a home they can afford and a place from which they can prosper and contribute to the larger community.

Jim Roth, Executive Director of Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, was elected to a new one-year term as the Chair of the Board. Roth has served on the FHFund Board since 2011.

Jennifer Anderson, President and Chief Financial Officer at Community Reinvestment Fund, was elected as Vice-President/Treasurer.

Kristin Beckmann, former Deputy Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, and George Stone, former Director of Minnesota CSH, were elected as Vice-Presidents. Miko Salone, FHFund Office Manager and Executive Assistance, was reelected as Secretary, a nonvoting role.

The Board also elected two new members: D’Angelos Svenkeson, Vice President of Thor Development, and Jonathan Weinhagen, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Board recognized Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal’s appointment of Amy McCulloch, Deputy Director at Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Twin Cities LISC) for a four-year term and George Stone, former Director of Minnesota CSH, for a three-year term.

The Board and staff gratefully acknowledged the contributions of three departing members. Charles Hanley, Vice President/District Manager at U.S. Bank, left the Board after 12 years of service. Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director of Twin Cities LISC, left the Board after nine years of service. Senta Leff, Executive Director of Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, left the Board after three years of service.

The Family Housing Fund can have up to 24 members. As a supporting organization of government, the FHFund Board is made up of both elected and appointed members. The FHFund Board elects eight members. The City of Minneapolis, City of Saint Paul, Metropolitan Council, and Minnesota Housing appoint four members each. The Board recognizes these appointments. This unique structure positions the FHFund with the broad support and expertise necessary to help communities meet their affordable housing needs.

For more information and a complete list of members of the Board of Directors, please visit

Find a pdf of this announcement here.

April 19th, 2018|FHFund News|

Request for Qualifications

In working with partners to support the preservation of low-cost rental housing and the protection of its residents, the Family Housing Fund has identified the need in certain situations for quality, cost-effective building administrators and receivers in the Twin Cities region. In issuing this Request for Qualifications, the Family Housing Fund seeks to develop a list of administrator firms highlighting key experience and areas of expertise. This list may serve as a resource for the Courts, local governments, and other housing stakeholders. Inclusion on the list will in no way imply an endorsement of any firm.

Please share this RFQ with qualified firms and encourage them to apply. Minimum qualifications and submittal requirements are provided in this document. The deadline for submittals is April 30, 2018.

Review the Request for Qualifications.

March 19th, 2018|FHFund News|

Housing Counts 2016 Data Released

Since 2002, the Family Housing Fund and HousingLink have published the Housing Counts data set to provide housing leaders and other stakeholders an accurate and consistent way of tracking affordable housing (rental and homeownership) production and preservation each year in the seven-county Twin Cities region, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and suburban metropolitan communities.

Since its inception, Housing Counts has tracked investment in projects representing more than 30,000 units of affordable housing throughout the seven-county region. In 2016, a grand total of 2,898 units of housing were funded for new development or preservation.

View the Housing Counts 2016 Report Here

Notes on the data:

  • The list of projects identifies how many affordable units are planned/preserved at three levels of affordability—30 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). This corresponds with affordability restrictions required by certain funding streams.
  • The data set counts units in the year their project financing first closes and includes only developments with public and/or private capital funding that includes affordability obligations.
  • The report tables divide the projects into three main categories: new production of rental units, new production of homeownership units, and preservation/stabilization of existing rental units.
  • Rental assistance to renters, financial assistance directly to home buyers, and shelter beds are not included in this data set.
  • Developments that are designed specifically to serve seniors are indicated with an asterisk in the reports.
  • Properties included on the preservation/stabilization list were especially at risk of being lost due to major deterioration, financial crisis, or conversion to market-rate rents. This list does not include essential routine capital improvements.
  • Demolition permit numbers are included to give some context to the production numbers in relation to the number of units lost in the region’s housing stock. However, the demolition number comes from demolition permit issues only; because of this, the actual number of units lost, the affordability level, and the condition of these lost units is unknown.

For more information, please contact Sarah Berke at Family Housing Fund or Dan Hylton at HousingLink.

February 25th, 2018|Data, Housing Policy, Report|

The Family Housing Fund has moved … and we have a new image!

We are excited to roll out our new logo and we look forward to welcoming you into our new space.

You can now find us in the Flour Exchange Building:
310 4th Ave South, Suite 9000
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Visit our contact page for directions and parking information.

Executive Staff

Ellen Sahli linked in copy
President | 612-274-7689

Colleen Ebinger linked in copy
Vice President | 612-274-7691


Sarah Berke
Program Officer | 612-274-7690

Eric Gustafson
Program Officer | 612-274-7692

Bill Mask, CMA
Finance Director | 612-274-7693

Miko Salone
Office Manager & Executive Assistant | 612-274-7688

December 18th, 2017|FHFund News|