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Public Will

The Family Housing Fund will continue to work with its partners to expand public understanding of the value of affordable housing and public will to preserve and produce affordable housing in the context of a comprehensive regional development approach that serves all citizens and communities.

Artwork: Rod Massey, Whittier Neighborhood (detail), 2004

January 6th, 2016|Archive|

Rental Housing

Core Financing Landing

Rental Housing

The Family Housing Fund will preserve and produce affordable housing opportunities for lower income and working renters and align with partner efforts to serve lower income families.

Photo by Wing Young Huie

January 6th, 2016|Archive|

Homeownership

TC Community Land bank

Homeownership

The Family Housing Fund will support the continuum of homeownership for both lower and moderate income homebuyers and homeowners, including coordinated efforts with Government partners to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, communities, and the metropolitan region.

Photo by Scott Streble

January 5th, 2016|Archive|

Changing the Face of Housing

CFH logo

Changing The Face of Housing in Minnesota (2002-2011)

In 2002, several of Minnesota’s affordable housing, planning and community development organizations took a coordinated approach to address an age-old problem: lack of inclusiveness and diversity of staff and leadership. This lack of diversity brought consequences that were damaging, resulting in missed opportunities, consumer complaints, poor service delivery, and unmet needs of community members.

In an effort to improve Minnesota’s affordable housing system by engaging and retaining more people of color, The Family Housing Fund, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) launched the Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota (CFHM) initiative.

The CFHM initiative focused on four main strategies:

  • Increasing awareness of an industry diversity problem
  • Building a pipeline of diverse professionals (Careership Program)
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse professionals
  • Training leaders in affordable housing policy

From 2002-2011, the CFHM initiative raised awareness of the lack of diversity and inclusiveness in the Twin Cities affordable housing industry. The increase in awareness led organizations to use a wider range of recruitment tools and to make an intentional commitment to expanding diversity among their staff and board. Within the field as a whole, surveys indicated the percentage of staff members of color increased from 17% to 19% and board positions increased from 20% to 24%.

CFHM helped develop a pipeline of diverse professionals through Careership, a mid-career apprenticeship program for professionals of color.  The program included a community development curriculum and professional experience in the field that helped participants build valued knowledge and beneficial relationships in the housing industry that supported their professional growth. Of the 122 graduates of the program, 69% secured employment in the affordable housing or community development field.

CFHM simultaneously reached out to communities of color, hosting affordable housing public policy seminars and offering industry-specific job training.  The eight-week Public Policy Trainings increased awareness and understanding of affordable housing policy strategy for more than 150 participants. Many of training graduates are now engaged in efforts to influence policy change.

The CFHM initiative created opportunities for on-going industry dialogue about the lack of people of color in professional and leadership positions. The Family Housing Fund, CSH, and Twin Cities LISC continue to be a part of critical conversations with their public, private and community partners, keeping the issues of diversity and equity at the forefront of organizational and system development.

February 18th, 2015|Archive|

Art & Poetry

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

In 2000, to celebrate the Family Housing Fund’s 20th Anniversary and to raise awareness of the great need for affordable housing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the Family Housing Fund sponsored “Home Sweet Home: An Affordable Housing Art Exhibit.”

Through the work of 23 local artists, the exhibit portrays a wide range of housing circumstances-from the stark images of homelessness to the celebrations of a family moving into its first home. Several artists worked with children living in affordable housing to create images of what it means to have a home. Also, the Family Housing Fund sponsored a poetry/essay contest for residents and children living in affordable housing. The winning entries are displayed with the exhibit.

The Family Housing Fund is deeply grateful to the artists, children, and residents who, through their talents and efforts, have helped us uniquely convey the importance of affordable housing in our community. The Family Housing Fund would like to especially thank The McKnight Foundation, The Travelers Companies (formerly The St. Paul Companies), and The Minneapolis Foundation for their contributions to the Family Housing Fund’s Public Education Initiative.

We hope you enjoy viewing our online gallery. For more information about the exhibit, individual pieces, or to use the artwork, please contact us.

Go to the Home Sweet Home Gallery

October 9th, 2014|Archive|