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Minnesota

  • State Data Overview

    Across Minnesota, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households, whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income. Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    175,319
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    28%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $26,440
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -104,314
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $42,705
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    63%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    State Partners

    Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

    2233 University Avenue West

    Suite 434 St. Paul, MN 55114

    P 651-645-7332

    F 651-645-7560

    www.mnhomelesscoalition.org

    Senta Leff, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Minnesota Housing Partnership

    2446 University Avenue West

    Suite 140 Saint Paul, MN 551144

    P 651-649-1710

    F 651-649-1725

    www.mhponline.org

    Anne Mavity, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom at [email protected] with any questions.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Anne Mavity

    Executive Director

    Minnesota Housing Partnership

    651-649-1710 ext. 101

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Ryan Baumtrog

    Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Community Development

    Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

    651-296-9820

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Jessica Deegan

    Director of Federal Affairs

    Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

    651-297-3120

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Minnesota Housing

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Minnesota (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Minnesota (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Minnesota and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Minnesota and Nationwide

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  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
     

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    The Star Tribune reports the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in Minnesota has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Andy Garvais, director of veterans’ programs for the Veterans Affairs Department, Minnesota is trying to find approximately 450 housing units for veterans experiencing homelessness.

    Updated on Novemer 17, 2020


    The Star Tribune reports the threatened eviction of approximately 50 people experiencing homelessness from a Bloomington hotel did not occur, but it is unclear how long the guests will be able to continue sheltering at the Extended Stay hotel. Hennepin County announced at the beginning of October plans to purchase the hotel for $13.3 million and convert it to 100 units of protective housing for people experiencing homelessness at risk for COVID-19. Last week, officials reneged on the plan, citing timing constraints due to the Coronavirus Relief Fund’s December 1 deadline. 

    Updated on November 10, 2020


    Advocates organized a demonstration in front of Duluth City Hall on October 26, calling for bold local action to protect the lives and dignity of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth. 

    Updated on November 4, 2020


    NBC News reports seven people who were evicted from homeless encampments in Minneapolis this year and had their property destroyed filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota claiming that their constitutional rights were violated. The lawsuit seeks to stop homeless encampment sweeps in the city parks.

    Updated on October 26, 2020


    NBC News examines how racial inequality, stagnant wages, and skyrocketing housing costs have created a significant homelessness crisis in Minneapolis and across the country.

    Updated on October 19, 2020


    As of September 28, more than 33,500 people have been screened for initial eligibility for Minnesota’s $100 million rent and mortgage assistance program, producing 22,000 applications initiated in the system with requests totaling $30.3 million of assistance. Read more data about housing assistance requests here.

    An op-ed in the MinnPost examines why it is past time for Minnesota, and our country, to prioritize housing as a foundation for a strong future. The authors discuss the mounting urgency to protect Minnesotans hit hardest by the converging crises of the pandemic and systemic, historic racial injustice.

    The city of Bloomington has operated several hotels as non-congregate shelters for medically vulnerable and elderly people who had been living in congregate shelters. Council Member Jenna Carter is calling on the city to maintain its emergency mindset while also developing long-term housing plans for those currently residing in hotels.

    Updated on October 14, 2020


    The MinnPost reports Minnesota’s COVID-19 housing assistance program, funded with $100 million of CARES Act money, has received more than 4,500 completed applications since it launched one month ago. The amount requested in those applications is more than $25 million. There have been more than 19,000 applications started across the state. 

    Hennepin County and St. Stephen’s Human Services, a nonprofit organization that has operated an emergency shelter in Minneapolis since 1981, have been using several hotels to house people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. The long-term lease agreements between the county and hotels are funded through the CARES Act.

    Updated on October 5, 2020


    Minnesota’s $100 million COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program launched on August 24 and is currently accepting applications. Learn more about the program here.

    Updated on September 22, 2020


    Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Minneapolis on September 5 calling for the end of park encampment evictions in the city. The demonstrators demanded that the Minneapolis Park Board and city leadership end encampment evictions and called for real affordable housing solutions. 

    Updated on September 15, 2020


    The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has received 1,235 complaints from tenants since the state’s eviction moratorium was enacted in late March. The complaints often concern landlords attempting to remove tenants for nonpayment of rent, general misinformation about the moratorium, and other landlord violations of the executive order.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are highlighting state benefits and assistance programs. In addition to the executive order that halted evictions during the peacetime emergency, Walz and Flanagan have also put $100 million in CARES Act funding into housing assistance.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    Minneapolis organizers have begun to move people residing in the Powderhorn Park encampment to other parks due to size and safety concerns of the Powderhorn encampment. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on July 15 voted to restrict the growing number of encampments in parks across the city. 

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    Governor Tim Walz on July 14 announced a $100 million housing assistance program, which will be funded through the CARES Act. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency launched a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Request for Proposals to select local organizations to administer the rent relief.

    An episode of NPR’s “All Things Considered” reported on Powderhorn Park, a Minneapolis encampment that has grown to 550 tents. The leader of Hennepin County’s Office to End Homelessness discussed how the pandemic has strained service providers, and Eric Tars at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty expressed concern about the rise of homelessness that will likely occur when eviction moratoriums expire.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.


    Hundreds of people are now living in an encampment in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board served 72-hour eviction notices to people residing in the encampment on June 12, but rescinded the notices when the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness announced that this would violate the governor’s executive order. Hennepin County’s Healthcare for the Homeless team reported that they are trying to connect people in Powderhorn Park and other encampments to housing and shelter, but the system is strained.

    Updated on July 13, 2020.


    Minneapolis community activists have turned a former Sheraton hotel into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness who have been displaced by the protests and curfew. Many of the residents came from a nearby encampment that was cleared last Thursday due to its proximity to the protests.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    The director of the Olmstead County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) announced that it will focus on developing a housing strategy to find permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. The HRA has been working with local hotels to house veteran, families, and people who are at high-risk of severe illness. 

    Ramsey County allocated up to $1.8 million on March 17 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 at local homeless shelters. The county and local nonprofits have partnered to acquire 60 hotel rooms and three meals a day for seniors experiencing homelessness and are working to acquire additional hotel rooms.

    Hennepin County and Minnesota health officials have been working to protect people experiencing homelessness by acquiring local hotel rooms for temporary shelter. The effort has reduced crowding by more than 50% at Hennepin County’s largest shelters. The county has spent $4.3 million on the relocation efforts and projects monthly ongoing costs of $1.6 million to continue the program.


    More than 300 health care workers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and social workers signed a petition urging state and local officials to address the immediate survival needs of people experiencing homelessness. Read the op-ed in the Star Tribune here.

    After issuing an executive order on March 25 prohibiting law enforcement from clearing encampments, Governor Tim Walz reversed his position on April 29. Emergency Executive Order 20-47 allows homeless encampments to be swept if they pose health and safety risks.

    The Star Tribune examined the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Minnesota. State officials acknowledged that COVID-19 was exacerbating existing racial and economic inequities and that Minnesota is working to expand testing capacity.

    Several churches in Springfield are opening their buildings as day shelters for people experiencing homelessness throughout May. Visitors will have access to laundry, showers, and shelter. More than 30 organizations have agreed to establish day shelters across Springfield.


    The Minnesota Heading Home Alliance released a map estimating the number of isolation and protection beds needed at a county/tribal level using 2019 “point-in-time” unsheltered counts and shelter beds.

    County officials across Minnesota are working to move homeless individuals at high risk for COVID into hotels to stop the spread of the disease. Already, Hennepin County has helped move about 260 people into three hotels, and St. Louis County in northern Minnesota is securing another 90 hotel rooms. These efforts have eased dangerous crowding in emergency shelters while preventing a broader outbreak among the homeless. 

    Service providers and officials in Minnesota are working to increase shelter room and procure hotel rooms for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Minnesota legislature recently approved a $330 million COVID-19 assistance bill which included $26.5 million for homeless services and more.

    Minneapolis creates $5 million COVID-19 relief fund to help renters that is available to undocumented residents.

    Olmsted County

    Olmsted County is preparing 30 single-occupancy rooms to house people experiencing homelessness as the county will close its nightly center in Mayo Civic Center. The county will reserve the thirty rooms for people experiencing homelessness who are “willing to work with county staff to meet established goals.” 

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    No information at this time.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has received 1,235 complaints from tenants since the state’s eviction moratorium went into effect in late March. Complaints have often included landlords trying to remove tenants for unpaid rent, tenants being told to leave after a lease had ended even though they can’t move anywhere, and general misinformation given about how the moratorium works — all violations of the executive order.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    The Governor's executive order is in place until the end of the peacetime emergency, which is currently scheduled for Aug 12. Evictions cannot be filed against tenants in nonpayment, remaining after the lease has ended, or breaking the terms of your lease; but they can be filed in emergencies (harm is being done to others). 

    Updated on August 1, 2020.


    In the third week of July, 18.5% of adults in Minnesota reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 98,286 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Based on current projections, 133,000 evictions could be filed in the next four months, thirteen times more than in a typical year. 

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly Census survey, 93,758 renters in Minnesota reported they had not paid their June rent, with an additional 2,189 reporting they had deferred their June rent payment. In response to the growing crisis, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is considering terminating Minneapolis parks as a refuge space, limiting the protections to only 10 parks with 10 encampments per park

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb