HousingLink Data & Research

HousingLink provides research, data, analytics and expertise to Minnesota's affordable housing sector. As experts in both subsidized and private market rental housing supply, HousingLink has contributed data and expertise for numerous multi-agency collaborative efforts. Our research offerings are driven from two primary aspects of the rental housing market: Market Rent data and Publicly-Assisted/Subsidized data.

Market Rent Data

HousingLink's Market Rent Data is a unique policy and analysis resource featuring thousands of public-facing vacancy listings per quarter in the state of Minnesota.

The Market Rent Data consists of two components:

  1. A larger set of private market rents with address-level records containing advertised rent amount, number of bedrooms, and building type (including both multifamily and the "shadow market" or single family home, duplex, condo, and townhome).
  2. A smaller subset of data derived form HousingLink's own Housing Search service, with an expanded array of vacancy listing attributes (background checks, application fees, amenities, etc) as well as availability of affordable homes (subsidized housing wait lists, Section 8 acceptance, etc).

Individually or in concert the two components of our Market Rent Data set have contributed to a number of regional policy and community development collaborations as well as specific custom research needs related to market analyses, rent reasonableness projects, and housing studies.

In addition, our Market Rent Data drives many of HousingLink's proprietary research products, including:

Publicly Assisted/Subsidized Data

HousingLink tracks all publicly-funded rental properties in the state of MN that have and in-force affordability restriction or direct subsidy, along with attributes that include known addresses, units by bedroom and level of affordability, and funding sources. HousingLink products that include this data are:

  • Streams: HousingLink’s free, searchable database of subsidized rental housing in the Twin Cities.
  • Housing Counts: An annual report of affordable housing production and preservation in the Twin Cities Metro, in partnership with Family Housing Fund.
  • MN Housing Measures: Publicly-assisted and subsidized data contributes to a variety of metrics in this report that explores post-Great Recession housing trends throughout the state of Minnesota.

Data Inquiries and Custom Research

To discuss HousingLink data and how our organization can meet your organization's analysis needs, please contact Dan Hylton, Research Manager, at dhylton@housinglink.org.

Media Inquiries

Please contact Sue Speakman-Gomez, President, at sgomez@housinglink.org.

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