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Minnesota Housing Board July 2014

The July board meeting of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency addressed multiple programs, including several intended to reduce homeownership disparities between whites and communities of color. In addition, the meeting covered some staffing changes at the Agency.


2014 County Profiles: Making the Rent Now More Difficult in 84 of 87 Counties

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MHP's 2014 County Profiles, released this week, reveal that affording rent is now more difficult for renters than it was in the year 2000 in all but three of Minnesota's 87 counties. Rising rents and falling incomes for renters are to blame.

Since 2000, Minnesota's median rents have risen by 6%, while incomes for renters have fallen by 17%. This pattern plays out in most of the state's counties, with median rents rising in all but six counties, and renter incomes falling in most. The gap between rents and incomes has worsened in all but three Western Minnesota counties (Wilkin, Marshall, and Stevens) since 2000.

In addition to information about changes in rents and renter incomes, the 2014 profiles are packed with other information, including data about homelessness, the housing stock, costs to rent and own, and workers' wages. Profiles for Minnesota's 87 counties and the state as a whole, as well as charts, maps, and analysis, are available at:


ThaoMee Xiong, MHP Policy Director, Recognized for Public Policy Achievement

thaomee headshot croppedThaoMee Xiong, MHP's Policy Director, was recognized last week for her standout achievements this past legislative session at the fifth annual Politics in Minnesota/Capitol Report Leaders in Public Policy Awards celebration.

Xiong served as co-chair of the policy committee of the Homes for All alliance, which led the successful effort to secure $100 million in bonds for housing at the Minnesota Legislature in 2014.

As part of the awards event, she was recognized for her service in the category of Public Policy Achievement (Housing).


Not-to-Miss Minnesota Resources on Housing

Minnesota is fortunate to have several well-respected organizations producing timely and useful reports on our state's top housing and community issues. This resource round-up features recent work from three local organizations: Family Housing Fund, Minnesota Homeownership Center, and the Wilder Foundation, looking at children, rental, homeownership, and homelessness.


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Announcements on the Blog

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Homeless Veterans Summit, Minneapolis VA, 8/25, Minneapolis. email to RSVP.

My ULI Minnesota! Celebrating 10 Years of Impact, Urban Land Institute, 9/10, Minneapolis.

Preservation through Energy Efficiency conference, National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, 9/15, Minneapolis.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference, Sep. 15-16, Rochester.

A Community Development Debate, Emerging Leaders in Community Development, 9/24, St. Paul.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers 25th Anniversary, 10/8, Minneapolis.

Janet Viveiros and Amy Clark of NHC for a free webinar Wednesday, July 23, 2 pm ET

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