To improve the conditions of home and community, especially for people with low incomes.
What We Provide:
Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) convenes, guides, and supports a diversity of partners working to improve conditions of home and community. Building on decades of experience, we strengthen development capacity and promote policies that expand opportunity, especially for people at the lowest income levels.
Our work includes:
- Housing policy advocacy and expertise on state and federal legislation
- Customized technical assistance and capacity-building support for communities and developers
- Reports, data, and timely information with analysis to build public understanding of housing issues
- Trainings for affordable housing providers and developers
- Resources and support for journalists and media covering housing issues in Minnesota
- Public forums, conferences, and events that explore policies and affordable housing trends
Crossing boundaries to forge broad coalitions, we bring together non-profit and for-profit developers with diverse local leaders and policy makers. With our partners, we transform aspirations into action.
MHP began in 1987, as an informal coalition organizing community groups and nonprofit developers to play an active role in affordable housing. The catalyst for this effort was the governor of Minnesota’s decision to establish a commission to help guide the state’s role in housing for the decade of the 1990s.
The initial work of MHP focused on informing housing groups of policy and program developments occurring at the state and federal levels. MHP also was a catalyst for increased state funding targeted to addressing the housing needs of low-income people. In addition, MHP helped create the state’s first programs to build the capacity of nonprofit housing providers.
In 1989 MHP incorporated as a member based, nonprofit organization. The MHP board of directors was structured to provide a balance between affordable housing interests in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities.
In 1994 MHP became a major provider of technical assistance and financial support to increase the capacity of housing development groups. MHP administers a predevelopment loan program and provides training and operating grants to nonprofit developers.
MHP’s demonstrated capacity to deliver housing programs led to its recruitment serving as a funding intermediary for several government agency programs:
Department of Human Services. MHP administers a Crisis Housing Fund that pays housing costs for those receiving treatment for mental illness.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. MHP delivers project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA), including as lead TA-provider for a national/Midwest consortium for HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Over the years, MHP has developed an effective lobbying arm and advocacy network. MHP has earned the respect of affordable housing supporters throughout the state, as well as government and legislative leaders.
Today MHP continues to support turning aspirations into action through capacity building, advocacy, and loans and grants.