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Goal: People at all income levels have housing opportunities throughout the state.

Housing is more than shelter. Our communities need stable neighborhoods where families can put down roots. Children need safe, stable homes and neighborhoods to flourish. Having affordable housing available throughout the metro area is important to a strong economy. It reduces worker shortages for employers, and transportation problems for workers. Concentrations of poverty in neighborhoods make them less stable, decreases property values and makes the area less desirable for businesses.

What's happening

Making connections

Stable housing improves a child's chance for school success. A vibrant economy depends on a workforce that has stable, affordable housing. Housing is an essential part of life for all residents, from immigrants to youth to older adults. Housing trends also vary by town and neighborhood.


Housing cost burden measures the share of households paying too much for housing. The share of home owners who are housing cost-burdened has declined every year for the last three years and now stands at 18 percent. At 46 percent, housing cost burden among renters has:
a) Gotten worse
b) Remained steady
c) Gotten better

New & Noteworthy

Ellen Mai

The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.

Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.