Twin Cities

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

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

Rachel Robinson and Warren Hanson

Bremer, Western, and Sunrise Banks join $25 million affordable housing fund

Jim Buchta of the Star Tribune reported on June 6, 2017 that GMHF announced the identities of seven public and private investors that have raised more than $25 million to acquire and preserve 1,000 unsubsidized, affordable rental units in the Twin Cities over the next couple years. The formation of the NOAH Impact Fund, which was… More

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