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Affordable Housing Collaboration

The Affordable Housing Collaboration in Minnesota: Outcomes and Lessons Learned series was an organized effort by the Family Housing Fund and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund to tell in-depth, comprehensive stories about the important collaborative achievements that contribute to a high-performing affordable housing system in Minnesota. Through the gathering of information, reflection and analysis, and ongoing conversation about the outcomes and lessons learned from these collaborations this project sought to inspire action to expand our community’s ability to preserve and produce affordable housing and improve the livability of our neighborhoods.

As intermediary organizations and supporting organizations of government, the Family Housing Fund and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund were in principal positions to create an accurate and meaningful record of the accomplishments of the many partners involved in these collaborative efforts. The combination of narratives, quantitative data, profiles, and overview information formed the basis for conversation among both those interested and working in the affordable housing field and those who are interested in collaboration more broadly.

Research for these stories was conducted primarily through a series of interviews with staff at the public, private, and nonprofit organizations involved in the featured collaboration, participants that utilized the programs, and other key stakeholders. Program files, newspaper articles, and other related reports were also used as data sources. Finally, quantitative data was collected and analyzed, as it was available.

These stories, like the programs and initiatives they describe, were the result of collaboration. The Family Housing Fund and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund are deeply thankful for all of our partners who made their staff and files available to us for research and for reviewing the narratives.

Stories

Home Ownership Made Easy  (2013)

Minnesota Homeownership Center (2013)

Minnesota Green Communities (2014)

Western U Plaza (2014)

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Public Will

Rethinking Housing

Rethinking Housing

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Rendering by William R. Morrish

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Rental Housing

Prospect North

University Avenue District

A private/public partnership, University Avenue District Partnership has created an innovative vision for housing development around the Prospect Park Light Rail Transit station that demonstrates the social, cultural and economic benefits of a district development approach.

Formed in 2013, the Partnership launched a 5-year work plan to incorporate an equitable economic model of innovation, urban growth, healthy living, and resiliency into the Prospect Park community.  As part of that plan, the Partnership leverages its resources to inspire development that would not happen without intentional and coordinated private/public intervention.

Located on the border of Minneapolis and St Paul, the centrally-located University Avenue District offers residents appealing amenities, including easy-to-access transportation, an historically-engaged neighborhood, and a large pool of underdeveloped property that are ready for redevelopment.

Partners

The University Avenue District Partnership is chaired by Sarah Harris, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors.

Fulfilling the vision of the District is funded and staffed largely by the University Avenue District Partnership, which includes Aeon, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, City of Minneapolis, City of Saint Paul, The Cornerstone Group, Family Housing Fund, GREATERMSP, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Prospect Park 2020, Prospect Park Properties, Trust for Public Land, Twin Cities Community Land Bank, United Properties, University of Minnesota College of Design, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors, University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL), Wall Companies, and Xcel Energy.

Outcomes

In 2013-2015, the Family Housing Fund provided $30,000 to support the Partnership; additionally, the Family Housing Fund supports Prospect Park 2020, the visionary neighborhood organization that represents the community voice in the Partnership.  In 2014, FHFund engaged the Smitten Group to complete three reports: a preliminary infrastructure investment cost analysis, a Phase I environment evaluation, and a matrix of possible funding sources. These tools enabled the Partnership to move quickly to acquire land and move forward with district vision planning.  Partners also approved a mixed-use development plan for the University Avenue District.

More Information

For more information click here, or contact Caren Dewar, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Minnesota caren.dewar@uli.org, 612.338.1332

Photo by Emily Seddon

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Homeownership

Northside Home Fund

Northside Home Fund

Summary

Since 2003, the Northside Home Fund (NHF) has worked to stabilize and expand North Minneapolis’ base of successful homeowners.  The initiative’s ongoing efforts have contributed to overall market improvement in North Minneapolis. NHF not only fosters community growth, it promotes the creation of affordable, healthy and energy-efficient housing.

The Northside Home Fund Board draws on expertise from Northside neighborhood organizations, nonprofit housing and homeownership organizations, governmental and enforcement agencies, community development organizations, private housing developers, and financial institutions.

The Northside Home Fund works towards its vision of an inclusive community with a unique North Minneapolis identity and diverse, high quality housing options for all where investments in housing benefit both existing and new residents and contribute to a sustainable community through five strategies.

  1. Promote opportunities for high quality homeownership
  2. Promote opportunities for high quality rental properties
  3. Promote use of vacant and boarded residential properties
  4. Continue to develop cluster of housing opportunities
  5. Develop and implement project-specific communtiy benefits

View the full text of the Northside Home Fund Strategy (PDF).

Outcomes

In 2014, NHF helped build six new properties in the EcoVillage; adding to ten new construction homes and five rehabbed homes (a total of 21 properties). The median sale price for all homes sales increased 23.6% in Near North and 32% in Camden. Non-distressed sales alone increased 3.3% in Near North and 3.7% in Camden. By focusing on quality, energy efficient, green homes, NHF partners have improved the ability of the neighborhoods to attract buyers.

More Information

Visit the Northside Home Fund Website.

Photo by Tobechi Tobechukwu

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Rental Housing

MN Green Communities

Minnesota Green Communities

Please note you may have been redirected here from the website mngreencommunities.org, which is no longer active. Please bookmark this link.

For the compete 2015 Minnesota Overlay to the Green Communities Criteria, click here. For the complete Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, click here. Additional information about Minnesota Housing and the Family Housing Fund’s building standards can be found here.

Summary

Minnesota Green Communities is a statewide collaboration of the Family Housing Fund, the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and Enterprise Community Partners.  The initiative fosters the creation of healthier, more energy-efficient affordable housing in Minnesota.  Since its inception in 2005, Minnesota Green Communities has proven that green building – whether in new construction or rehabilitation – can promote residential health, reduce environmental impact, and inspire economic growth of a community.

The initiative supports the production of affordable housing with reduced energy costs, use of materials beneficial to the environment, conservation-minded land use planning, and attention to the creation of healthy environments and lifestyles for individuals, children, families, and communities.

Minnesota Green Communities works to create research-based, best practices and cost-effective, design techniques that can be replicated across the industry and drive down the price of green building.

Since 2009, projects funded through Minnesota Housing’s Consolidated RFP have had to meet Minnesota Green Communities standards to:

  • Provide health benefits through better ventilation, less toxic paints and adhesives, and limited use of carpets in areas prone to mold.
  • Save money by cutting utility costs through energy- efficient and water-conserving heating and cooling systems, appliances, and fixtures.
  • Enhance access to jobs, schools, and services by siting homes near public transportation in walkable neighborhoods.
  • Combat sprawl and traffic congestion in growing communities while saving individuals the high costs of car-dependency, especially in developed urban areas.
  • Facilitate a healthy lifestyle through the physical activity that comes from living in walkable neighborhoods.
  • Promote efficient land use by using existing infrastructure in proximity to community services.
  • Protect natural resources, agricultural lands, and natural habitats.

Outcomes

In 2014, Minnesota Green Communities facilitated a stakeholder process to establish green rehabilitation standards for the preservation of affordable housing. Minnesota Green Communities integrated these recommendations into their criteria. The FHFund provided technical assistance for the Minnesota Green Communities Criteria and recommendations to architects, developers, local communities, and government agencies to build healthy housing and improve energy and water efficiency in affordable housing.

Profiles of Demonstration Projects

More Information

For more information check out the report, data, and profiles of the Minnesota Green Communities Initiative produce by the Family Housing Fund’s Affordable Housing Collaboration Project.

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