The Family Housing Fund (FHFund) believes it takes all of us working together to build a strong system that supports access to decent, affordable homes for everyone. Established in 1980, we support the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Metropolitan Council, and Minnesota Housing in their efforts to meet the seven-county metropolitan region’s affordable housing needs. We are unique in focusing on all facets of the housing system and working across sectors to ensure real change. The FHFund Board of Directors recently approved a Strategy Refresh Framework that will shape and guide the organization’s future work.
The FHFund team is creative and committed; currently there are 7 full-time staff. Our newly renovated offices in downtown Minneapolis are designed for collaborative work. On a typical day, you will see staff hosting meetings with external partners, working independently to manage projects, and keeping our operations humming along.
Our Team Mission Statement
At Family Housing Fund, we believe everyone deserves a home. We come together with different skills, experiences, and expertise, but we are bound together in the fundamental belief that housing is a human right.
Although the problems we work on are entrenched and complex, we approach them with an adaptive mindset. We think of ourselves as the research and development arm of the housing system. We’re committed to championing innovative, meaningful, and unproven ideas that hold the promise of transforming our housing system. Solving big, intractable problems requires an entrepreneurial spirit, so we are skilled at listening for opportunities, aligning resources, and turning an idea into something concrete.
Our unique role in the housing field requires a balance of patience and urgency. We work hard every day because we know people in our communities need safe, decent, affordable housing now. We approach long-term problems with the intention of illuminating solutions that work for everyone—and we truly believe our work together sparks lasting change.
We hold a deep respect for our coworkers, partners, and community members’ skills, knowledge, expertise, and lived experiences. It is important to us that people feel valued when they interact with Family Housing Fund and with us as individuals.
Racial equity and access to housing are inextricably connected. We are intentional about ensuring that we authentically integrate a racial equity framework into all our work, that our staff and board are racially diverse, and that we elevate and center the voices of BIPOC communities.
Family Housing Fund is a learning organization. We arrive at housing solutions by being humble in our relationship to partners and curious about the ideas and experiences they share with us. Our commitment is to figure out what we know collectively about an issue, and to explore how we can piece together our knowledge, values, skills, and resources to catalyze change.
We have big dreams for transforming the housing system, and that means we must try things that have never been done before. Our approach to innovation requires creativity in the composition of the partners, in the analysis and definition of the problem, and in the interventions that emerge.
Partnership is at the heart of Family Housing Fund’s mission and our ways of working. We find housing partners in traditional and nontraditional spaces, and we work with them to find solutions that work for everyone—even when our values or motivations aren’t perfectly aligned. As we develop and maintain partnerships, we remain vigilant to ensure that BIPOC leaders are present, centered, and positioned to drive solutions.
As staff, we rely on one another. We dedicate as much time to working with our coworkers as we do to our colleagues across the field. Our success is intertwined, so we must be accountable to one another, support one another’s work, and invest in one another’s personal and professional growth. We come together as a team to provide the energy it takes to ensure our “big bets” truly address longstanding housing challenges.
Family Housing Fund is seeking a Program Officer to lead an emergent and adaptive portfolio of grants, investments, and collaborative initiatives that specifically address unsolved or unattended issues that limit housing choices for individuals and families in the Twin Cities region. The Program Officer will work with public partners, housing industry leaders, community-based and nonprofit organizations to develop strategies to disrupt housing policy and practices that disproportionately and negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color households. Candidates will be forward-thinking, action-oriented, results driven, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Family Housing Fund mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all its employees, subject to accommodations for qualifying medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Family Housing Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.