Rethinking Housing is all about the next generation of affordable housing in the Minnesota. Below is a listing of some of the many activities that either resulted from or are in the spirit and context of the Rethinking Housing initiative.
- ULI MN/Regional Council of Mayors Housing Initiative has provided comprehensive demographic research and technical support to five “Opportunity Cities” looking to provide a full range of housing choices in their communities. A second round of opportunity cities are coming soon! To learn more about this initiative, visit: http://minnesota.uli.org/Housing.aspx.
- Looking for local and national best practices related to the preservation and production of a full range of housing choices in the Twin Cities metropolitan region? Explore ULI MN/RCM’s Minnesota-specific tool box at: http://www.housingpolicy.org/toolbox/index_MN.html.
- The McKnight Foundation commissioned Himle Horner to research the attitudes and values of Minnesota citizens toward affordable housing. The full report, Research: Minnesota Values & Attitudes on Affordable Housing, is available at http://www.mcknight.org/region/hsg_eval.aspx.
- The Citizen’s League, in partnership with individual cities, ULI MN/RCM, and the Family Housing Fund, lead the Citizen Involvement in Municipal (Re)Development Project. The cities of Apple Valley, Lake Elmo, and Brooklyn Park were selected to participate. With support from the Lincoln Land Institute, Stacy Becker authored the report, “Do Local Panning Processes Fuel NIMBYism?” To read the report, visit: http://www.fhfund.org/educational_materials_reports.htm
- The Family Housing Fund has created the Twin Cities Community Land Bank as an innovative tool to help spur land acquisition and site control to meet the changing housing needs in Twin Cities neighborhoods and communities now and in the future. The Land Bank is designed to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the foreclosure crisis and to further regional growth objectives linking housing, jobs, transportation, and education. For more information, visit: http://www.tcclandbank.org/.
- Innovation in Design of Affordable Housing: A Report to the McKnight Foundation by the Housing Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. December 2008. To view the full report and other housing resources, visit http://www.mcknight.org/region/hsg_eval.aspx.
- The Family Housing Fund, the City of Minneapolis, and the City of Saint Paul have supported the development of Live MSP (www.livemsp.org), a web portal with comprehensive information about home ownership assistance programs, city neighborhoods, and the advantages of city living.
- Minnesota Green Communities, a collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise, is the largest green building program in Minnesota with more than 3,000 units completed, under construction, or under development. In partnership with Minnesota Housing, there are now uniform policy standards that ensure that all newly built and rehabbed affordable housing development meets green standards statewide. The initiative has set a goal to facilitate green retrofits of 10,000 units of existing housing over the next five years. To learn more, visit http://www.mngreencommunities.org/.
- The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is working with multiple partners to advance the housing policy, financing, and action needed to maximize affordable housing development and preservation on the Central Corridor. Additionally, the collaborative is working to advance transit oriented development opportunities for stops along the light rail line. To learn more, visit: http://www.funderscollaborative.org/.