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Impacts of Habitat for Humanity Homeownership: Connections to Quality of Life
Wilder Research, February 2015, 90 pp.
Statewide study of Habitat homeowners in Minnesota that investigated the connection between home ownership and quality of life. more info >
Why Are the Twin Cities So Segregated?
Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School, February 2015, 34 pp.
This report describes the history of how the housing industry and education reformers contributed to racial segregation in housing and schools in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Discusses the potential for policy efforts to achieve racial integration. more info >
A New Model for the Provision of Affordable Homeownership
Urban Institute, January 2015, 33 pp.
This report explores the approach to encouraging homeownership practiced by Homewise, a homeownership organization based in New Mexico. Homewise's model suggests that with a carefully structured, vertically integrated system, homeownership can be encouraged in ways that better align risks and incentives for the counselor, borrower, and lender. more info >
Protecting Children From Unhealthy Homes and Housing Instability
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2014, 5 pp.
Discusses the impact on children from unhealthy homes and housing instability and provides examples of two programs addressing these issues. more info >
Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: A 25-City Survey
United States Conference of Mayors, December 2014, 112 pp.
Results of a survey of 25 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which includes data on the demand for food assistance, emergency shelter and transitional housing; the capacity to meet that demand; the causes of hunger and homelessness; efforts underway in each city to combat these problems; and the economic or social conditions that exacerbate these problems. more info >
Supportive Housing for High-Need Families in the Child Welfare System
Urban Institute, November 2014, 27 pp.
This brief describes the purpose and design of the demonstration and profiles five program sites testing the efficacy of supportive housing with high-need child welfare families. The goal is to learn if providing supportive housing helps improve outcomes for children and families, spend taxpayer dollars more wisely, and lead to long-lasting systems change and service integration. more info >
Minnesota Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region. more info >
Housing Cost Burden in the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, November 2014, 11 pp.
Report indicating that households who spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs has increased over time and across the region. more info >
Homelessness in Minnesota 2012 Study
Wilder Research, September 2014, 67 pp.
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. Also includes reports for the Fargo-Moorhead area, veterans, older adults, and other specific populations. more info >
Twin Cities Metropolitan Council Area Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities
Metropolitan Council, June 2014, 86 pp.
Looks at demographic trends, the future demand for housing, and the built space needed for jobs in 2020, 2030, and 2040. Also discusses how the redevelopment of nonresidential spaces could respond to the demand for attached residential and nonresidential development. more info >
Supportive Housing Outcomes in Minnesota
Wilder Research, May 2014, 153 pp.
A study of supportive housing in Minnesota, including time-limited transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. The study looked at the characteristics of the programs and the populations they serve, outcomes achieved by participants over time, and the program models that appear to work best for participants. more info >
Big Picture Project
Twin Cities LISC, May 2014, 8 pp.
The Big Picture Project developed a plan to create and preserve affordable housing along the Central Corridor. This report tracks key indicators of progress more info >
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2014, 152 pp.
Report, literature review, and brief on a study exploring the range of housing settings available to youth who age out of foster care. The report identifies opportunities to mitigate the risk of homelessness for this population and suggests opportunities for future research. more info >
Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, April 2014, 63 pp.
Annual report designed to track change along the Central Corridor based on several housing, economic, and transit measures. The complete report provides breakouts for the East, Middle, and West segments of the corridor, as well as comparable data for the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul combined. The baseline report was released in March 2011. more info >
Return on Investment in the Jeremiah Program
Wilder Research, April 2014, 31 pp.
The Jeremiah Program provides supportive housing and services to break the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children. Wilder Research conducted a social return on investment (ROI) analysis of the program to estimate the economic value of the outcomes of the program compared to the associated investments. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
Corridors of Opportunity
Wilder Research, April 2014, 95 pp.
This is a Twin Cities regional project to ensure that transit lines are planned with related developments (including jobs and affordable housing) so as to benefit low-income residents equitably as part of the overall economic development of the region. more info >
Nine Evidence-Based, Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness
Homeless Youth Collaborative on Developmental Evaluation, February 2014, 70 pp.
Set of principles that provide a cohesive framework that guides practice in working with homeless youth. more info >
Reforming Subsidized Housing Policy in the Twin Cities to Cut Costs and Reduce Segregation
Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, January 2014, 32 pp.
Examines subsidized housing distribution and costs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and explores the ways that focusing subsidized housing in Minneapolis and St. Paul has intensified racial segregation and concentrated poverty. more info >
Heading Home: Minnesota's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, December 2013, 56 pp.
A vision and plan to prevent and end homelessness, including action steps for state agencies and the private sector. more info >
The Tension in Affordable Housing: Are Current "Best Practices" Enough?
The McKnight Foundation, December 2013, 15 pp.
Discusses the challenges facing Minnesota's affordable housing sector. more info >
Minnesota Housing Baseline Measures Annual Report
The McKnight Foundation and Housing Link, September 2013, 39 pp.
This annual report tracks Minnesota affordable housing statistics, including homeownership, gap financing, funding, ending homelessness, foreclosures, and green housing. more info >
Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. more info >
HUD Research Library
Includes reports, publications, periodicals, and data from HUD and other sources. Topics include: affordable housing, community development, homelessness, supportive housing, housing statistics, and more. more info >
Online guide to state and local housing policy that provides examples of solutions for expanding the availability of affordable housing. Includes guidance on how to create a comprehensive and effective housing strategy. more info >