The Family Housing Fund has sponsored and commissioned a number of pieces of artwork, prose, and research that are aimed at raising awareness of affordable housing needs and advancing policy.

The Affordable Housing Collaboration Series was an organized effort 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.

The Series published reports on the following collaborative achievements:

The Home Ownership Made Easy (HOME) Program (2013)

The Minnesota Homeownership Center (2013)

The Minnesota Green Communities Initiative (2014)

Western U Plaza (2014)

An Updated Analysis of the Relationship Between Affordable Family Rental Housing and Home Values in the Twin Cities
May 2014
The FHFund 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.
View the Full Report
View the Fact Sheet 

The Space Between: Realities and Possibilities in Preserving Unsubsidized Affordable Rental Housing
June 2013
This extensive report, published through the Minnesota Preservation Plus Initiative (MPPI), explores the challenges in preserving unsubsidized affordable rental housing and makes recommendations for policies and strategies to identify and preserve these units.
View the Executive Summary
View the Full Report

Hollman: Ten Years Later-Celebrate Home, Family, Community, Partnerships
November 2002
On July 29, 1992, the Hollman housing segregation lawsuit was filed. Ten years later, commitments are received on virtually all 770 of the replacement public housing units, and more than half of the units are completed. This total includes 300+ units in Twin Cities’ suburban communities-a big accomplishment. This report profiles several families affected by the lawsuit and provides an overview of the history, successes, challenges, and promise of Hollman ten years after the lawsuit was filed.
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Workforce Housing: The Key to Ongoing Regional Prosperity
October 2001
Together, with real estate research firms Maxfield Research Inc. and GVA Marquette Advisors, the FHFund released a study on the economic impacts of workforce housing in the Twin Cities. The study found that there is a strong unmet need for workforce housing in the Twin Cities and that this shortage has a negative effect on the local economy. The report also shows that working to solve the workforce housing shortage will stimulate significant economic benefits that far outweigh the costs and last for decades.
View the Executive Summary
View the Full report

A Study of the Relationship Between Affordable Family Rental Housing and Home Values in the Twin Cities
November 2000
The FHFund has published a report, conducted by Maxfield Research, Inc., which shows that the construction of affordable family rental housing in suburban communities has little or no effect on the property values of surrounding single-family homes. (Note: This report was updated in 2014, click here for the updated report.)
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View the Full Report

When Investors Buy Up The Neighborhood
May 2010
When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline described three dozen strategies communities can use to reclaim foreclosed properties, encourage positive reinvestment, and stabilize their neighborhoods. The study also detailed how many of these approaches were already at work in Minnesota and across the country.
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Download the Community Presentation
Download the Assessment Matrix

The Coordinated Plan to Address Foreclosures
March 2009
A publication highlighting efforts to address foreclosures and help families and communities succeed in the Twin Cities and the State of Minnesota.
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The Cost-Effectiveness of Community-Based Foreclosure Prevention
February 2006
With funding from the Ford Foundation, the Family Housing Fund commissioned a study on the cost-effectiveness of mortgage foreclosure prevention. The study was intended to build on two earlier Fund studies on the cost-effectiveness of the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program (MFP Program) that operates in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The Fund contracted with Roberto G. Quercia and Spencer M. Cowan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Ana B. Moreno, local consultant to the Fund to conduct the study. The study suggests that community-based foreclosure prevention services are cost effective. In addition, it finds that pre-purchase counseling is often associated with lower risk of foreclosure. As such, the study also reinforces the effectiveness of pre-purchase counseling as a key tool for achieving successful home ownership.
View the Summary of Recommendations and Findings
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Cost Effectiveness of Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention (1995) and Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention: Program and Trends (1998)
December 1998 and November 1995
The Family Housing Fund has produced two reports on the effectiveness of mortgage foreclosure prevention. The reports were authored by Ana Moreno, a consultant to the Fund.
View the Report on Cost Effectiveness
View the Report on Programs and Trends

Hawthorne EcoVillage: Five-Year Progress Report 2007-2012
January 2013
The Hawthorne EcoVillage is working to become an innovative, sustainable neighborhood that focuses on restoring balance to natural systems, supporting health amongst residents, and cultivating neighborliness and a strong sense of community. The coordinated efforts of many partners have dramatically reduced foreclosures, problem properties, and crime in Hawthorne.
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Homeless Adolescent Parent Discovery Project
February 2016
This population of homeless youth is often unable to access resources because they are too young to meet the requirements for services intended for homeless families, and, at the same time, they are ineligible for services for homeless youth because they have their own children. The unintended consequences of well-intentioned policy had left this highly vulnerable group to fend for themselves at a time when the cognitive skills of young parents have not fully matured. The Family Housing Fund’s Visible Child Initiative committed to a discovery process to understand the needs and status of homeless adolescent parents and their children.
Homeless Adolescent Parent Discovery Project Full Report

Children’s Mental Health Pilot Evaluation
February 2016
The Family Housing Fund’s Visible Child Initiative created the Children’s Mental Health Project pilot to address trauma, teach positive parenting skills, and enhance the social emotional wellbeing of homeless children through services paid for by Minnesota Medical Assistance programs. The pilot met families where they were, by providing access to early childhood intervention and mental health services in supportive housing sites across the Twin Cities. The pilot produced positive changes for young children, parents, supportive housing site staff, and lay the ground work to embed children’s mental health services within affordable housing across the region and state.
Children’s Mental Health Pilot – Executive Summary
Children’s Mental Health Pilot – Full Report

Supportive Housing for Families with Children
March 2000
The FHFund published a series of reports on supportive housing for families with children. These reports drive home the devastating effects of homelessness on families and offer supportive housing as a humane, cost-effective solution to help break the cycle of homelessness.
Supportive Housing for Families with Children Study
The Supportive Housing Continuum: A Model for Housing Homeless Families, Homelessness and its Effects on Children
Financial Implications of Public Interventions on Behalf of a Chronically Homeless Family

A Report from the Kids Mobility Project
March 1998
The report examines the effects of frequent residential moves on student performance in Minneapolis elementary schools. The Kids Mobility Project included representatives from the Family Housing Fund, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the University of Minnesota.
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Hawthorne EcoVillage: Five-Year Progress Report 2007-2012
January 2013
The Hawthorne EcoVillage is working to become an innovative, sustainable neighborhood that focuses on restoring balance to natural systems, supporting health amongst residents, and cultivating neighborliness and a strong sense of community. The coordinated efforts of many partners have dramatically reduced foreclosures, problem properties, and crime in Hawthorne.
View the Full Report

Don’t Borrow Trouble Minnesota Campaign: 2003-2005 Report
September 2005
Don’t Borrow Trouble Minnesota (DBT) is a public education and community outreach campaign that seeks to prevent predatory lending in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Launched in March 2003, the campaign combines education and counseling to help individuals and families become and remain successful long-term homeowners. Don’t Borrow Trouble aims to empower consumers through multimedia advertising efforts, targeted community outreach, a consumer information line and website, and a strong referral network of housing counselors and others.
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Workforce Housing: The Key to Ongoing Regional Prosperity
October 2001
Together, with real estate research firms Maxfield Research Inc. and GVA Marquette Advisors, the FHFund has released a study on the economic impacts of workforce housing in the Twin Cities. The study found that there is a strong unmet need for workforce housing in the Twin Cities and that this shortage has a negative effect on the local economy. The report also shows that working to solve the workforce housing shortage will stimulate significant economic benefits that far outweigh the costs and last for decades.
View the Executive Summary
View the Full report

The Space Between: Realities and Possibilities in Preserving Unsubsidized Affordable Rental Housing
June 2013
This extensive report, published through the Minnesota Preservation Plus Initiative (MPPI), explores the challenges in preserving unsubsidized affordable rental housing and makes recommendations for policies and strategies to identify and preserve these units.
View the Executive Summary
View the Full Report

Launched in 2009, the Rethinking Housing Initiative was originally designed as a diverse learning community where participants engaged in continuing conversations to identify and develop innovations in building, places, and systems throughout the Twin Cities region. In partnership with the The McKnight Foundation, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Housing, Twin Cities LISC, and the Urban Land Institute-Minnesota/Regional Council of Mayors, the Family Housing Fund convened a series of events for sharing ideas and information, the products of which can be found below:

Rethinking Housing Design Report
February 2011
In December 2010, community members and local leaders gathered to rethink affordable housing design over a two-day event featuring urban designer and former mayor Maurice Cox.
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Rethinking Housing: Designing and Building Affordable, Sustainable Housing Throughout the Twin Cities Region
May 2009
Featuring keynote address by architect, designer, and educator Bill Morrish.
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View Speaker’s PowerPoint
View the Workshop Handouts

Housing Counts: Measuring Affordable Housing Production and Preservation in the Twin Cities
December 2016 – Since 2002, the Family Housing Fund and HousingLink have jointly published “Housing Counts” to provide housing leaders and stakeholders with a consistent means of tracking annual affordable housing production, preservation, and demolition/conversion. The data set provides a yearly accounting of affordable housing projects in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and suburban communities (since 2004) whose funding closed during the stated year.
Housing Counts 2015 (Published December 2016)
Housing Counts Compilation 2002-2015

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota Leadership Survey Report
Measuring the Success of Housing, Planning, and Community Development Organizations in Recruiting and Maintaining Racially and Ethnically Diverse Staffs and Boards.
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Research commissioned and contracted by the Family Housing Fund is subject to the organization’s Indirect Cost Policy for Research.