Resources & Research

Solving housing problems in a fast-changing environment requires new ways of thinking and acting.

Greater Minnesota Housing Fund’s timely research on emerging affordable housing issues is designed to identify the best practices and most innovative solutions in the field.

Several of GMHF’s past research efforts have changed how affordable housing in Minnesota is designed, built and financed. These efforts have also raised Minnesota’s national profile as a center of innovation and collaboration in affordable housing.

Recent research has informed policy change and action on important housing issues. Some of these issues include:

Dayton creates task force to address ‘persistent crisis’ regarding affordable housing

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday the creation of a large task force to examine and make recommendations on affordable housing, calling it a “persistent crisis” for Minnesota families. The nonpartisan Governor’s Task Force on Housing will make recommendations by July 31 to include specific policy proposals and actions that can be taken by the executive… More

Greater Minnesota Housing Problem: Too Much Risk

Private developers prefer to build in the Twin Cities and other large communities. They see higher risks in greater Minnesota, largely because many of the areas short of housing rely on one or two major employers. If one closes to cuts back, it may be hard or impossible to collect enough rent to make a profit… More

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Student success starts with stable housing

Too many Minnesota students are struggling with homelessness. Housing instability keeps students from attending school consistently and diminishes their likelihood of achieving key measures like reading proficiency, a predictor of future success. With approximately 10,000 Minnesota children struggling with homelessness, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, state legislators, and education and child advocates highlighted the importance of… More

GMHF releases Olmsted County Housing Framework

The 2016-2020 Housing Framework is the result of a multi-year, community-based planning process jointly led by Olmsted County and Rochester Area Foundation. These and other community partners are already taking steps to address the area’s affordable housing shortage. The 2016-2020 Housing Framework presents “high,” “medium,” and “low” goal options for accelerating affordable housing production in… More

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GMHF creates $25M fund to preserve unsubsidized affordable housing

After years of watching the Twin Cities’ affordable housing market grow increasingly tight, a group of affordable housing advocates, nonprofits and private companies has decided to take the problem into its own hands. The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a nonprofit affordable housing lender, is developing the nation’s first regional pool of money to help buyers… More

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