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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 www.fhfund.org 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: sarah@fhfund.org

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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 www.fhfund.org/staff-board.

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|

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
ellen@fhfund.org | 612-274-7689

Colleen Ebinger linked in copy
Vice President
colleen@fhfund.org | 612-274-7691


Sarah Berke
Program Officer
sarah@fhfund.org | 612-274-7690

Eric Gustafson
Program Officer
eric@fhfund.org | 612-274-7692

Bill Mask, CMA
Finance Director
bill@fhfund.org | 612-274-7693

Miko Salone
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
miko@fhfund.org | 612-274-7688

December 18th, 2017|FHFund News|

MPHA & FHFund team up to explore regional approach to housing vouchers

Possible partnership among metro housing authorities would mean greater mobility, opportunity, and choice for low-income families

The Family Housing Fund has awarded $300,000 over two years to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) to explore how the region’s public housing authorities can work together to provide metro-wide mobility for families with housing vouchers (also known as “Section 8”). The “Regional Mobility Initiative” will involve planning and coordination with partner PHAs, policy and operational changes, and a long-term research component to track outcomes for families.

“The structure we have in our region—with separate public housing agencies all administering their own vouchers—creates barriers for families seeking different neighborhoods and greater opportunity,” says MPHA Executive Director/CEO Greg Russ. “The core idea is to discover how agencies in the Twin Cities can collaborate to increase the ‘choice’ in the Housing Choice Voucher program.”

The initiative will become part of a national research collaboration called “Creating Moves to Opportunity” (CMTO). CMTO is a partnership of housing practitioners from 17 housing authorities and academic institutions including Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and the think-tank MDRC. Through this research partnership, Stanford economist Raj Chetty and his collaborators have found that younger children of voucher-holding families who move to low-poverty neighborhoods experience long-term improvements in education and income, along with near-term improvements in health and safety. The Twin Cities Regional Mobility Initiative will also seek to integrate researchers from the University of Minnesota to maximize local insights.

“The Regional Mobility Initiative continues to build on the dedicated work of the Family Housing Fund and collaboration among many partners that seeks to expand access and choice for families in our region,” says Family Housing Fund President Ellen Sahli. “We are pleased to be partnering with MPHA, area HRAs, and landlords on this innovative approach. This is one of a number of initiatives that we have supported with area PHA/HRAs that puts choice and opportunity at the forefront.”