Minnesota

Rick Klun, Center City Housing Corp.

10 years in, Duluth’s San Marco Apartments considered a model

If not for the San Marco Apartments, Lisa Ronnquist, 60, said she'd probably have died homeless on the streets of Duluth by now. "This place saved my life," she said. Ronnquist was a chronic alcoholic when she came to the newly constructed San Marco 10 years ago as one of its first residents. "Before we… 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

Perham

Perham business leaders tackling local housing needs themselves

In 2007, a group of Perham business owners and corporate executive got together to talk about housing. They faced similar issues. Each had a desire to grow their businesses by hiring more workers and expanding their reach, but a lack of available housing in and near Perham was holding them back. The problem was theirs… 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

New documentary captures human cost of Twin Cities’ affordable housing problem

Peter Callaghan of MinnPost covered the "Sold Out" screening and panel discussion with displaced tenants, organizers, nonprofit developer, and GMHF's Warren Hanson. “Crossroads” was the name of a large, almost-50-year-old apartment complex in Richfield that, in 2015, was purchased, renamed and “upscaled” to bring in higher rents in a tight market. Because of that transformation… More

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