Preserving Affordable Housing

NOAH Apartment by Greg Gjerdingen

Editorial: Another way to keep housing affordable

From a June 22, 2017 editorial in the Pioneer Press. Not all affordable housing is government-supported or subsidized. Across the nation and in the Twin Cities, there’s also so-called “naturally occurring” affordable housing — by acronym, NOAH. Much of it includes modest but good-quality apartment complexes built between the World War II era and the 1980s… More

SE MN Housing Summit

Rochester and SE Minnesota feel housing pinch, discuss options

The Rochester Area Foundation, regional chambers of commerce, and other Southeast Minnesota regional initiatives hosted a workforce housing summit in Rochester in May 2017. Television station KTTC produced a short video featuring interviews with local workers struggling to make rent and stay in their homes to help set the stage for the discussion and show… More

Alan Arthur

Sold Out: New documentary shares tenant stories, lifts up solutions to loss of affordable housing

Produced by Twin Cities PBS, in partnership with local advocates and funders, “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” reveals the price we all pay when families are pushed out of our communities as modestly priced units are replaced with upscale developments. In 2015, an ultimatum was given to hundreds of tenants at the Crossroads at… More

NOAH in the Twin Cities gets financing boost from Freddie Mac

Here’s an acronym to get behind: NOAH, for naturally occurring affordable housing. Freddie Mac, the federal mortgage agency, is offering $100 million to finance first-time mortgages as part of a larger effort to preserve affordable housing in and around Minneapolis. The NOAH Impact Fund, an equity fund launched last year by the non-profit Greater Minnesota… More

Millions of affordable housing units are flying under the radar

Oscar Perry Abello reported this story for Next City on June 7, 2017. In times like the Great Recession, when the economy grinds to a halt, entrepreneurs like Michael Altheimer can’t help but start thinking: What if? “Before the crash, we were doing mostly for-sale housing, but during the crash, we started learning about underwriting rental… More

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