Supporting the development of deeply affordable housing
Safe, stable, affordable housing is out of reach for hundreds of thousands of households in Minnesota and millions across the country. Dismantling barriers to the creation of affordable places for people to call home is central to our work. Through education, litigation, and negotiation, we unlock the potential of federal and state resources, and counteract the forces of NIMBY to ensure that we are creating housing opportunities for low income families throughout Minnesota and across nationwide.
We do this by:
- researching barriers to creating more deeply affordable homes
- fighting for deeply affordable housing through policy
- advocating to increase investment in the housing we need to most
- legal advocacy to push for fair housing policy
Intentional Exclusion: Lawsuit Demands Addition of Affordable Housing at Region’s Largest Redevelopment Site
St Paul, MN — July 10, 2019: Despite massive public investment of more than $40 million for the acquisition and clean up of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site in Arden Hills, plans for the largest mixed-use development in the Twin Cities region...
Our Work in this Area
Anticipation is high for completion of the Central Corridor Light Rail Line running between Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul, scheduled to open in 2014. While surrounding neighborhoods and local residents stand to benefit in many ways from this new...
Local governments play a critical role in setting the table for affordable housing development. This includes helping with site identification and acquisition, providing needed zoning and regulatory flexibility, and contributing to filling financial gaps. This “table setting” happens most effectively when it is part of a deliberate plan to diversify a community’s housing choices. Challenging and ambitious goals cannot be accomplished without a plan.
Inclusionary housing policies, also referred to as Inclusionary Zoning or Mixed-Income Housing, are local government policies where market-rate housing developers are either required or incented to include affordable units in market-rate apartment buildings.
The former Twin Cities Army Ammunition plant site (TCAAP), located in Arden Hills, is slated for redevelopment. Following removal of all structures and environmental cleanup, this “blank slate” site is the size of all of downtown St. Paul—the largest redevelopment opportunity in the Region. After many years of on-again-off-again planning, there is now a plan.
Should funds to build affordable rental housing be targeted to "high opportunity" suburban neighborhoods or to low income inner city neighborhoods? This debate between advocates of mobility strategies versus in-place strategies has continued for several decades...