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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
ellen@fhfund.org | 612-274-7689

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

Staff

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|

Minneapolis-St. Paul Region Will Lose $85.6 Million Under Proposed Cuts to HUD

On March 16, 2017 the White House released its FY18 budget blueprint. The document included steep cuts in funding for affordable housing programs, including $6.979 billion in cuts to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The table estimates the annual losses to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region under this proposal, using estimates from Affordable Housing Online.

Any level of cuts to local housing programs would have a significant negative impact on the tens of thousands of Twin Cities residents that depend on and benefit from them.

May 19th, 2017|Data, Housing Policy|

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.”