The Family Housing Fund is pleased to share it’s 2014 Annual Report to the Community. In 2014, the Family Housing Fund continued to pursue the vision that everyone has a home they can afford and from which they can prosper and contribute to the larger community. The Family Housing Fund’s work focused on providing flexible financing to preserve and produce housing opportunities for low-income and working families; aligning with efforts to serve families and communities; implementing system changes to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the affordable housing and community development industries; and positively influencing the public will.
The Family Housing Fund is pleased to announce a new partnership with long time partners Center for Energy and Environment, Neighborhood Energy Connection, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and Elevate Energy. The FHFund has worked with these partners in the past, but the new One Stop Partnership for Multifamily Housing intends to take advantage of each partner’s strengths to lower utility bills in multifamily properties by developing a one-stop, easy-to-use energy-efficiency program tailored for the multifamily sector.
Angie Skildum, the Family Housing Fund’s Multifamily Policy and Portfolio Director, notes, “Starting today, this partnership allows each partner to immediately work smarter by benefiting from each other’s shared experience and relationships. By fostering even closer collaboration, our multifamily work together will be stronger than the sum of its parts. It’s a partnership born of necessity; from our perspective, an effort of this level without collaboration probably wouldn’t be sustainable over the long term for Minnesota’s families.”
Learn more about the One-Stop Partnership for Multifamily Housing at the Center for Energy and Environment.
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The Fund has commissioned an updated to the report by Maxfield Research exploring the relationship between affordable rental housing and neighboring property values—the original report, published in 2000, can be found here. As in the original study, the 2014 report found little to no evidence to suggest that the construction of affordable rental housing hurt the performance of home sales. In the areas studied, home sales displayed similar or stronger performance in the period after affordable rental housing was built compared to a control group.
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The Family Housing Fund and HousingLink have published a new Housing Counts report each year since 2002 in order to create an ongoing historical record for the Twin Cities seven-county metro area.The purpose of this report is to provide housing leaders and other stakeholders an accurate and consistent way of tracking affordable housing production and preservation. For more information about Housing Counts contact Dan Hylton, Research Manager at HousingLink, at (612) 767-4682 (ext 4) or email@example.com.
The Fund has updated its Fact Sheet about the rise in childhood homelessness and the devastating effect on health, development, and educational achievement.