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Qualified Rental Housing Administrators and Receivers

In March 2018, the Family Housing Fund published a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify qualified firms to act as Court-appointed administrator or receiver within the context of certain legal actions to protect and preserve low-cost rental housing and the occupancy by residents thereof in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Through a review of applications and interviews with finalist applicants, an evaluation team identified Twin Cities firms who meet the Minimum Qualifications to perform the required Scope of Services (find full details in the link below). This list may serve as a resource for the Courts, local governments, and other housing stakeholders in the Twin Cities region. Inclusion on the list in no way implies an endorsement of any firm.

What’s inside the document:

  • List of 6 qualified firms summarizing expertise and contact information.
  • Review Process and Evaluation Team
  • Scope of Services required by the RFQ process
  • Minimum Qualifications required by the RFQ process
  • Future Opportunities to Apply
  • Family Housing Fund mission

Leading on Housing

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey campaigned on a promise to address the city’s affordable housing crisis. In May, he announced an ambitious plan to deliver on his campaign promise and yesterday, we saw his plan take shape in his first proposed budget for 2019.

We commend the Mayor for his leadership to dramatically increase funding for affordable housing. His proposed 2019 budget recognizes that we need many tools in our toolbox to combat the housing challenges that many of our city’s residents experience. Mayor Frey’s specific commitments include $40 million of City funds – combined with an additional $10 million of state and federal funds – directed toward affordable housing. This includes:

  • 21.6 million towards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • 3.4 million towards Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Preservation
  • 5 million towards affordable homeownership on City owned lots
  • 3.3 million towards Stable Homes, Stable Schools, a collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Housing and Hennepin county to stabilize kids and their families

In his remarks, Mayor Frey said, “The reality is that we can’t put affordable housing investments off til tomorrow because tomorrow is too late.” We couldn’t agree more.

A Budget that Values Affordable Housing

 

Communities across the Twin Cities region are struggling with rising rents, tight vacancy rates and high home prices – putting the squeeze on individual households and putting at risk our collective regional competitiveness. The Family Housing Fund recognizes that a single tool or approach alone will not solve these complex problems. We work with leaders and communities, using every tool possible to make quality, affordable housing accessible in every community.

In his first budget address, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter yesterday proposed a substantial investment in housing production, preservation and protection. We commend the Mayor for making housing the centerpiece of his budget. His proposal includes a new Housing Trust Fund supported by a $10 million initial investment followed by ongoing annual investments in future years to support homeowners and renters alike. Specific components include:

  • New housing units for households at 30–50 % AMI (or $28,300 – $47,150 for a family of four)
  • Preservation of existing federally-assisted subsidized housing and naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH)
  • Expanded tenant protections to address the disparate impact of some tenant screening practices along with administrative tools to minimize tenant displacement in cases where housing quality is compromised

The July 2018 report Market Watch: Saint Paul, published by the Minnesota Housing Partnership, highlights trends impacting Saint Paul residents. The report noted that 59 percent of the almost 60,000 renter households in Saint Paul earn less than 60 percent AMI and yet their rents are steadily rising. These statistics were echoed in the stories that the Mayor heard from residents, who listed affordable housing as their highest budgetary priority for the city.

In his remarks last night, Mayor Carter explained that, “We have to think of the budget not as a numbers document, but as a values document.” His proposal for substantial housing investment shows that he hears his constituents and understands the real pain that many in the city are experiencing due to the lack of affordable housing. We stand ready to support him in making Saint Paul a city where all residents can thrive.

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.”

FHFund Appoints Three New Board Members

At the Family Housing Fund’s (FHFund) 2017 Annual Meeting on April 13th, the Board of Directors elected new officers for the upcoming year. All of the elections and appointments embody the strong public-private partnerships that are necessary to meet the FHFund’s vision that all families will 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 three-year term and as the Chair of the Board. Roth has served on the FHFund Board since 2011.

Charles Hanley, Vice President/District Manager at U.S. Bank, was reelected as Vice-President/Treasurer. The Metropolitan Council appointed Hanley to the Board in 2006.

Senta Leff, Executive Director of Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless; Kristin Beckmann, Deputy Mayor – City of St Paul; and George Stone, Director – Minnesota CSH were elected as Vice Presidents of the Board. The City of Minneapolis appointed Leff to the Board in 2015; she Chairs the Resource Development Committee. The City of St. Paul appointed Beckmann to the Board in 2014; she Chairs the Nominating Committee. Stone has served on the Board since 2005 and was elected to a new three-year term at the Annual Meeting.

Miko Salone, FHFund Office Manager and Executive Assistant, was reelected as Secretary, a nonvoting role.

The Board also elected Doug Van Metre, Lead Regional Credit Officer at Wells Fargo, to a new three-year term. Van Meter has served on the Board since 2014.

The Board also elected two new members: Jennifer Anderson, Senior Vice President and CFO at Community Reinvestment Fund, and Nichol Beckstrand, President at Sunrise Banks.

The Board recognized Metropolitan Council Chairman Adam Duininck’s appointment of Gail Dorfman, Executive Director of St. Stephen’s Human Services, for a three-year term.

The Board and staff gratefully acknowledged the contributions of three departing members. Maureen Warren, Vice President and Chief Family Services Officer at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, left the Board after nine years of service. Warren had served as the Board Chair since 2011. Paul Williams, President and CEO at Project for Pride in Living, Inc., left the position of Vice President of the Board after 16 years of service. Peter Lindstrom, Mayor of Falcon Heights, left the Board after three years of service.

The FHFund Board 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 St. 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 our Staff and Board page.

April 18th, 2017|FHFund News, Press Release|