Reports: Affordable housing

Minnesota Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 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 >

Out of Reach Minnesota 2017
Minnesota Housing Partnership, March 2017, 20 pp.
Annual report that looks at rental affordability for the state of Minnesota. Includes data by county.   more info >

State of the State's Housing 2017
Minnesota Housing Partnership, March 2017, 56 pp.
This report spotlights key trends in Minnesota housing like the gap between housing costs and salaries, ranks counties on benchmarks like renter cost burden, and showcases issues like aging housing stock with dynamic maps. Building on the county profiles released each year since 2009, this report continues to benchmark progress at the state, region and county levels.   more info >

2016 North Dakota Statewide Housing Needs Assessment
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, January 2017
The 2016 Housing Needs Assessment includes a population and housing forecast, special housing topics, detailed tables, and regional summaries.   more info >

The Twin Cities Region Produces More Affordable Housing in 2015
October 2016, 6 pp.
This report looks at residential construction projects in cities and townships across the Twin Cities region and whether these new housing units are affordable. It finds that in 2015, nearly 12,800 new housing units were added to the Twin Cities region's housing stock-the highest annual total since 2009. Of these new housing units, one in every 10 was affordable.   more info >

Sold Out: Apartment Property Sales are Skyrocketing in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Will Affordable Rental Units Disappear?
Minnesota Housing Partnership, October 2016, 28 pp.
This report analyzes data from apartment property sales in the Twin Cities region and the impact on the availability of affordable housing.   more info >

Rent Burden and the Great Recession in the U.S.A.
Humphrey School, University of Minnesota, July 2016, 18 pp.
This study finds that since the recession of 2008-09, the percentage of renter households in the United States facing difficulties paying their rent rose to historically high levels, and more people with higher incomes are also experiencing "rent burden."   more info >

Big Picture Project Progress Reports
Twin Cities LISC, June 2016, 8 pp.
The Big Picture Project developed a plan to create and preserve affordable housing along the Central Corridor. These reports track key indicators of progress.   more info >

Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, June 2016, 60 pp.
Annual report designed to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   more info >

Affordable housing production in the Twin Cities
Metropolitan Council, December 2015, 6 pp.
Annual report summarizing new affordable housing added each year by Twin Cities area cities and townships.   more info >

Prevention Programs Funded by the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 2015, 332 pp.
Describes prevention programs funded by the national Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Identifies lessons learned for future efforts to prevent homelessness.   more info >

Community Needs Assessment for Ramsey and Washington Counties
Wilder Research, October 2015, 37 pp.
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties focuses on bringing together resources to reduce poverty. A community needs assessment was conducted in 2012 and 2015 with low-income residents. The survey asked about employment, housing, education, health, and other family needs and included questions about Community Action services. The reports also present poverty data for Ramsey and Washington counties.   more info >

The Livability Economy: People, Places, and Prosperity
AARP, July 2015, 28 pp.
This report shows how livability initiatives contribute to improved economic performance and a more vibrant, desirable, and competitive environment for housing and commercial investment. The framework of the report focuses on design factors that feature four livability outcomes that benefit older adults and people of all ages, including compactness, integration of land uses, housing diversity, and transportation options.   more info >

Housing Scorecard
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, June 2015, 8 pp.
Monthly scorecard on the health of the nation's housing market. Includes indicators on homeownership, home prices, home sales, home affordability, and more.   more info >

Local Initiatives Promote Homeownership in Indian Country
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2015
Residents of Indian Country face a diverse set of housing challenges. This report discusses the promotion of homeownership as a way to alleviate the pressing need for suitable homes, highlighting local initiatives to overcome obstacles to homeownership by supporting infrastructure development, increasing access to mortgage credit, cultivating financial literacy, and providing direct financial assistance to homebuyers.   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 >

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 >

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 >

Ninth District Insight: A Front-line Perspective on the Economic Health of Low- to Moderate-Income Communities
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 2014, 12 pp.
Presents findings from a semiannual survey of community development and service organizations that is designed to provide insight on key indicators related to the economic health of low- to moderate-income communities. State-level data are available for states in the ninth district, including Minnesota and North Dakota.   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 >

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 >

Affordable Housing Facts
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, January 2014, 2 pp.
This fact sheet provides quick facts about affordable housing in North Dakota, including defining what is considered "affordable," number of low-income households, rental and occupancy rates, and more.   more info >

Out in the Cold: Sequestration and Federal Housing Programs in Minnesota
Minnesota Housing Partnership, December 2013, 16 pp.
This report investigates the impact of budget cuts to Section 8 and public housing in Minnesota.   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 >

2 x 4 Quarterly Housing Indicators
Minnesota Housing Partnership, September 2013, 4 pp.
Quarterly reports from Minnesota Housing Partnership that report on four housing trends: rental market, owners' market, homelessness, and the housing industry.   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 >

The Twin Cities in 2012: An Uneven Recovery
Metropolitan Council, September 2013, 6 pp.
An economic profile of the Twin Cities based on data from the Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey.   more info >

North Dakota Housing Facts
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, June 2012, 2 pp.
This fact sheet presents statistics on the amount and types of housing available in North Dakota.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   more info >

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools
Brookings Institution, April 2012, 31 pp.
Looks at the relationship between housing market regulations and housing costs near high- and low-scoring schools.  Presents data on the restrictiveness of zoning restrictions, economic segregation, housing cost gaps, and test score gaps for national metropolitan areas, including the Twin Cities.   more info >

Rent burden, housing subsidies and the well-being of children and youth
National Center for Children in Poverty, November 2011, 12 pp.
In a new report, rent burden was found to have risen among households with kids between 2005 and 2009. The report synthesizes studies of the impact of housing cost burden and receiving housing subsidies on the well-being of kids.   more info >

Minneapolis Living Well sustainability report
City of Minneapolis, June 2011, 32 pp.
Highlights a wide variety of sustainability indicators for the City of Minneapolis. Includes data for 25 different indicators grouped by health, environment and vital community.   more info >

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exploring the Effects of Housing Instability and Mobility on Children
Center for Housing Policy, February 2011, 19 pp.
Examines the relationships between income, residential moves, and outcomes for kids. The paper finds that in general, low-income families are more likely to experience disruptive moves than other families.   more info >

2009 hSum report
HousingLink, December 2010, 13 pp.
Yearly comprehensive count of tenant- and unit-based rental assistance in the Twin Cities metro area.   more info >

State of Affordable Housing in North Dakota
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, November 2010, 13 pp.
Presents data on housing affordability in North Dakota, including details on affordability by region, occupation, and industry.   more info >

Balancing affordability and opportunity: An evaluation of affordable homeownership programs with long-term affordability controls
Urban Institute, October 2010, 41 pp.
Shared Equity Homeownership is an increasingly common long-term affordable homeownership strategy. This study shows that shared equity programs are successful in creating homeownership opportunities for lower income families that allow purchasers to accumulate assets, while, at the same time, creating a stock of affordable housing that remains within the financial reach of subsequent lower income homebuyers.   more info >

Big ideas: Game-changers for Children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse December 2009
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, December 2009, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Smart growth policies: An Evaluation of programs and outcomes
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 2009, 27 pp.
This report presents the results of a comprehensive research project evaluating the effectiveness of statewide smart growth policies.   more info >

Creating green affordable housing: Municipal action guide
National League of Cities, October 2009, 4 pp.
This action guide outlines steps and strategies for the creation of green affordable housing, including education and advocacy, to inform residents and stakeholders of the benefits of green choices.   more info >

Affordable housing research and recommendations
Himle Horner, Inc., July 2009, 49 pp.
Results of research commissioned by The McKnight Foundation to better understand public attitudes toward affordable housing and to identify strategies that could build public support for affordable housing.   more info >

The unraveling of the American dream: Foreclosures in the immigrant community of Minneapolis
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, March 2009, 18 pp.
Provides information on the disproportionate representation of minority households among households experiencing foreclosures. The report presents the race and nativity status of households that experienced a foreclosure in the City of Minneapolis during fiscal years 2006 and 2007. The report also presents service and policy recommendations.   more info >

Housing as a Lever for Economic Recovery
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Housing Partnership, February 2009, 20 pp.
Based on regional and national studies, this report reveals that investments in housing infrastructure, both new construction and rehabilitation, help create jobs, and increase economic activity and public revenues while addressing the housing crisis across Minnesota.   more info >

The economic impact of Minnesota Housing's investments
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, February 2009, 6 pp.
An estimate of the economic benefits of Minnesota Housing's activities.   more info >

Tools and incentives to promote affordable housing
Metropolitan Council, January 2009, 17 pp.
Annual report summarizing local tools and incentives that promote new affordable housing in the Twin Cities area. This information was gathered through a survey that was sent to every municipality in the seven-county Twin Cities area.   more info >

The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, December 2008, 36 pp.
This report looks at the status of Minnesota's investments in four areas of the budget that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesota families and are important for ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed: early childhood through grade 12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention.   more info >

Affordable housing for low-income families: The Impact of the recession and foreclosures in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, December 2008, 6 pp.
Examines the effects of the recession on families whose housing costs eat up too much of their income.   more info >

Southeast Minnesota Needs Assessment: A Profile of the Characteristics and Service Needs of the Region's Residents
Wilder Research, December 2008, 78 pp.
Findings from an assessment of the needs of low-income residents in an 11-county region served by three community agencies. Surveys were completed in 2005 and 2008.   more info >

The hSum Report: A Summary of unit-based and tenant-based rental assistance
Housing Link, November 2008, 10 pp.
This report is intended to provide a comprehensive count of unit-based and tenant-based rental assistance in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, summarized by geographic area.   more info >

East Metro low-income housing needs
Wilder Research, July 2008, 67 pp.
This report presents projections of the need for housing affordable to low-income households in the East Metro area of the Twin Cities, including Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties.   more info >

America's Rental Housing: The Key to a Balanced National Policy
Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, May 2008, 36 pp.
This report examines how the current housing situation has affected affordability in the rental market by adding to the number of households competing for low-cost rentals and by increasing the costs of financing rental housing construction and preservation.   more info >

Investment at risk: Public housing in Minnesota
Minnesota Housing Partnership, May 2008
This report pairs original survey research of housing authorities with an analysis of HUD and other supplemental data and finds that substantial funding cuts and increased costs have put Minnesota's public housing in jeopardy.   more info >

Driven to the brink: How the gas price spike popped the housing bubble and devalued the suburbs
CEOs for Cities, May 2008, 30 pp.
This report examines the new landscape of housing prices and high fuel costs and the implications for public policy.   It suggests that cities that offer attractive urban living opportunities in close-in neighborhoods are likely to be more affordable and economically successful than those that continue to follow sprawling development patters.   more info >

Research on state and local means of increasing affordable housing
Abt Associates, National Association of Homebuilders, January 2008, 359 pp.
A compendium of 65  strategies being used at the state and local levels to increase affordable housing, this report is designed to be a tool for those seeking to identify new approaches and innovative strategies to encourage affordable housing in their areas.   more info >

Framing the issues: the positive impacts of affordable housing on health
The Center for Housing Policy, July 2007, 34 pp.
This report focuses on the ways in which the production, rehabilitation or other provision of affordable housing leads to stronger health outcomes for residents.   more info >

Realizing the potential: Expanding housing opportunities near transit
Reconnecting America Center for Transit-Oriented Development, April 2007, 194 pp.
Includes detailed case studies of efforts to promote mixed-income transit-oriented development in Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Minneapolis and Portland.   more info >

Increasing the availability of affordable homes: An analysis of high-impact state and local solutions
Center for Housing Policy, January 2007, 115 pp.
Identifies promising strategies for expanding affordable housing in states and local communities.   more info >

Trends and issues in low-income housing
Wilder Research, November 2006, 18 pp.
A discussion paper on affordable housing statistics and issues, including a discussion of initiatives and strategies.   more info >

A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families
Center for Housing Policy, October 2006, 32 pp.
This study presents the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of households, with a focus on working families at the neighborhood level in 28 metropolitan areas.   more info >

A synthesis of findings from the study of affordable housing plus services for low- and modest-income older adults
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, August 2006, 22 pp.
Examines the literature on integrating affordable housing and health and supportive services for older adults and developed an inventory of promising Affordable Housing Plus Services strategies and programs.   more info >

Housing & Transportation Cost Trade-Offs and Burdens of Working Households in 28 Metros
Center for Neighborhood Technology, July 2006, 197 pp.
Looks at how constraints within a neighborhood and region—e.g., lack of access to transportation choices, distance from job centers, shortages of affordable housing—affect household costs and how high-cost burdens impact the household, their neighborhoods and the region.   more info >

2006 Carver County Quality of Life Indicators Report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety.   more info >

The cost-effectiveness of community-based foreclosure prevention
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 2005, 39 pp.
Examine the cost-effectiveness of community-based foreclosure prevention interventions using two proxy measures: time to resolution and the rate of recidivism.   more info >

"Why not in our community?" Removing barriers to affordable housing
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, February 2005, 31 pp.
Describes trends in regulatory barriers to affordable housing, reviews efforts by states and local communities to reduce these barriers, and details actions taken by HUD to eliminate regulatory barriers.   more info >

Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide
AARP, January 2005, 162 pp.
Guide to help community members assess the capacity of their community to meet the needs of older adults. Provides guidance on conducting a community survey to measure community livability, includes innovative ideas and success stories from communities throughout the U.S., and suggests additional resources. Topics include transportation, safety, housing, health services, and more.   more info >

A decade of hope VI: Research findings and policy challenges
The Urban Institiute, Brookings Institution, May 2004, 72 pp.
Reviews the existing research literature on both the achievements and the challenges of the HOPE VI program, one of the most ambitious urban redevelopment efforts in the nation's history.   more info >

Rethinking local affordable housing strategies: Lessons from 70 years of policy and practice
Brookings Institution, December 2003
Aims to help state and local leaders meet the modern realities of the affordable housing challenge by looking back at the lessons of the past 70 years of housing policies.   more info >

Tools and strategies for improving community relations in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, September 2001, 81 pp.
Identifies factors that lead to community dissatisfaction with the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) and to assess the effectiveness of strategies employed by Public Housing Agencies to eliminate or alleviate community concerns.   more info >

Web sites

Twin Cities Housing Policy
Tools and resources to inform citizens and assist in advocating for improved affordable housing policy in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.   more info >

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Housing cost data and other information on affordable housing.   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 >

Peer City Idenfication Tool
Peer cities are cities that are experiencing similar trends or challenges. Identifying a a peer city can give needed context to policymakers and practitioners. This tool is a data comparison and visualization instrument that draws on city-level indicators from the American Community Survey and historical Decennial Census records to identify groups of similar cities along economic, demographic, social, and housing dimensions.   more info >

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