Housing Counts Data 2002-2018
Each year, Family Housing Fund and HousingLink jointly publish data to provide housing leaders and stakeholders with a consistent means of tracking annual affordable housing production, preservation, and loss. The data set provides an annual accounting of affordable housing projects in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and suburban communities. Some jurisdictions in the Twin Cities region have set numeric goals for the production and preservation of affordable housing, but before 2002, there was no systemic and consistent way of measuring progress and no historical record of results. To fill that gap, Family Housing Fund and HousingLink committed to compiling this data every year.
Importantly, when tracking new production and/or preservation of affordable housing, there are several points in time when a unit could be “counted.” HousingLink and Family Housing Fund have chosen to count units in the year their funding first closes. Only developments with public and/or private capital funding that includes affordability obligations are listed.
This data shows that since 2002, spikes in affordable housing preservation and production have correlated with new funding and initiatives more than market forces. Additionally, affordable ownership options have declined for all income levels below the Area Median Income (AMI) in recent years, confirming that affordable options are diminishing at a rapid pace.