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  • Workforce Housing for our Health WorkersWorkforce Housing for our Health Workers
    Highlights from the report included: Healthcare jobs vacancy rate went from 6% to 21% over the last year. Staff turnover rate, for those employed less than 5 years, is 25%. Many more healthcare workers are choosing to work part-time. Over-all, more than 44% of hospital workers are employed less than full-time up from 37% in 2016. I have spent ...
  • An Anchor Institution’s Big and Bold InvestmentAn Anchor Institution’s Big and  Bold Investment
    This investment will broaden healthcare access and represents an incredible commitment to Duluth and surrounding communities. Essentia is expanding its role as a committed community anchor institution. Their recently completed land use study is a starting point for community engagement and leveraging investments to build a healthier community. Anchor Institutions An Anchor Institution Strategy is a broad term ...
  • Dec. 1 – GMHF Hosted Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum.Dec. 1 - GMHF Hosted Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum.
    Join GMHF and partners for the 2022 Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum – Virtually Via Zoom. Registration, topics, speakers and agenda have been announced. Read more.
  • Nov. 17 – GMHF Hosted West Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum.Nov. 17 - GMHF Hosted West Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum.
    Join GMHF and partners for the 2022 West Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum – Virtually Via Zoom. Registration, topics, speakers and agenda have been announced. Read more.
  • All Eyes on Mother-Daughter Team, Amani ConstructionAll Eyes on Mother-Daughter Team, Amani Construction
    On September 27, 2022, Amani Construction showcased two new affordable housing properties in Minneapolis, MN. Amani Construction, a mother-daughter team led by Joanne and Jeniffer Kuria, unveiled their newest two single-family homes, currently under construction in Minneapolis, MN. Amani is a locally owned general contracting and real estate development company providing affordable homes so more families ...
  • Read GMHF’s 2021 Annual ReportRead GMHF's 2021 Annual Report
  • Medicaid Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) forum heldMedicaid Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) forum held
    Minnesota is the first state in the nation to provide a comprehensive policy for the use of Medicaid resources applied toward HSS. Thirteen other states have either piloted a project or demonstrated capacity to connect Medicaid to housing related services. Another thirteen states are in the process of negotiating or planning a Medicaid housing related program. ...
  • Virtual Event: Activating Healthcare Assets for Housing & Health Equity — June 7Virtual Event: Activating Healthcare Assets for Housing & Health Equity — June 7
    This virtual event — hosted via Zoom. On June 7, 2022 — will bring together a panel of healthcare leaders to discuss how recent challenges are impacting our work related to social determinants of health. The Center for Community Investment, GMHF’s national partner, and a panel of Minnesota based healthcare institutions will share how they are ...
  • Property donations from healthcare organizations lead to housing and improved health outcomesProperty donations from healthcare organizations lead to housing and improved health outcomes
    This property will provide much needed affordable housing for seventy-two veterans. A community of practitioners will provide residents with health support services. Sanford Health’s 2012 strategic land donation was the catalyst for the placement of the Bemidji Veterans Home, which has led to additional new investments and jobs – anticipated to continue flowing into the community ...
  • Growing Connections and Collaborations Between Housing and HealthGrowing Connections and Collaborations Between Housing and Health
    By Bukata Hayes, VP of Racial and Health Equity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Linking Housing and Health Equity with Community Health Workers Most of a person’s health is determined outside of a doctor’s office. 20% of health is influenced by clinical care and genetics. The remaining 80% is the result of a person’s physical ...
  • Churches United in Ministry Leads Hotel to Housing ConversionChurches United in Ministry Leads Hotel to Housing Conversion
    The Duluth Inn was a Class-C motel in downtown Duluth. Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) was previously leasing half of the rooms to provide a safe isolated environment for homeless senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, CHUM is acquiring the property to convert it to permanent supportive housing for people formerly experiencing homelessness. Plans include ...
  • Housing Inequity By The NumbersHousing Inequity By The Numbers
    Housing affordability for people of modest means has gone from bad to worse. Here are 12 talking points that let the statistics tell the story. For households making 30% of area median income, the U.S. only has 37 available and affordable homes per 100 households. At 50% of area median income, there are 60 available and ...
  • The Southeast Minnesota Regional Housing ForumThe Southeast Minnesota Regional Housing Forum
    We wanted to give a big thank you to those who helped to create a successful and thought provoking Regional Affordable Housing Forum in the Southeast Region of Minnesota. The Southeast Regional Affordable Housing Forum was joined by nearly 200 partners where we virtually connected for education, discussion, and networking. Opening Remarks were provided by Commissioner Jennifer ...
  • The Southwest Minnesota Regional Housing ForumThe Southwest Minnesota Regional Housing Forum
    We wanted to give a big thank you to those who helped to create a successful and thought provoking Regional Affordable Housing Forum in the Southwest Region of Minnesota. The Southwest Regional Affordable Housing Forum was joined by nearly 150 partners where we virtually connected for education, discussion, and networking. The day included: 1. Setting the Stage: ...
  • Jeremiah Program completes 40 new affordable homes for single mothers with children in RochesterJeremiah Program completes 40 new affordable homes for single mothers with children in Rochester
    Jeremiah Program came to Rochester in 2016 at the invitation of a cross-section of community leaders, and in the fall of 2020, they opened the  doors to the Rochester/Southeast MN Jeremiah campus, which includes 40 affordable homes for single mothers and their children. The campus includes on-site childcare provided by Families First of Minnesota, as well as staff ...
  • Cloquet Middle School Apartments – Historic RebuildingCloquet Middle School Apartments - Historic Rebuilding
    Located about 20 miles south of Duluth Minnesota, Cloquet has a population of 12,000. Like elsewhere across the country, the community is challenged with urban pull and strives to maintain workers. Before inception of the project, the City of Cloquet had long identified a need for workforce housing. The vacant, 95-year old Cloquet Middle School was ...
  • Lakeview Terrace, in Walker, MN Refinanced to ensure 10 years of affordabilityLakeview Terrace, in Walker, MN Refinanced to ensure 10 years of affordability
    The event ensures affordability of the property to low-income households for the next ten years! The property is located in the city of Walker, situated in a residential neighborhood about a mile south of the main street. Lakeview Terrace is an existing 18-unit project, owned and managed by DW Jones. Seventeen of the townhomes are ...
  • Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Awarded $7 Million to Advance Equity through Housing as Part of MacKenzie Scott’s Commitment to Social JusticeGreater Minnesota Housing Fund Awarded $7 Million to Advance Equity through Housing as Part of MacKenzie Scott’s Commitment to Social Justice
    Saint Paul, MN (December 15, 2020) Greater Minnesota Housing Fund has received an unexpected donor gift of $7 million from MacKenzie Scott, an individual philanthropist committed to giving away at least half of her wealth in her lifetime to advance social justice. Warren Hanson, President, and CEO of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund said “MacKenzie Scott’s gift ...
  • Minnesota Housing Partners Work to Preserve Affordability of Rural Homes in Central MinnesotaMinnesota Housing Partners Work to Preserve Affordability of Rural Homes in Central Minnesota
    Rural Development Property will be Preserved in Hackensack, Minnesota Rural, affordable homes are saved this month as Greater Minnesota Housing Fund’s board approved a loan to preserve a 19-unit Rural Development property in Hackensack, Minnesota. D.W. Jones will continue ownership and management of the property, and Voronyak Builders will serve as contractor. Birch Lake Apartments, in ...
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