As the need for affordable housing grows, nonprofits work to make sure all Minnesotans have a place to call home.
Stable housing is so intricately tied to stable families and communities that it’s difficult to separate the two. When people have stable housing, they’re better able to pursue their work, family and educational goals. When kids have safe housing, they tend to do better in school, live healthier and be more engaged in their communities.
Finding affordable housing is an important issue for Minnesota right now, as housing costs rise faster than incomes for many people. The number of people experiencing homelessness increased from 7,751 in 2006 to 10,214 in 2012, and it’s estimated that the state will need an additional 51,000 affordable homes from 2011 to 2020 to meet growing needs.