Housing Counts

Housing Counts Data 2019

2019 saw more affordable homes funded for new development than in 2018, marking another strong year for affordable housing investment. The past three years (2017, 2018, and 2019) have seen the highest numbers of newly built and preserved homes since Housing Counts reports began in 2002. The City of Minneapolis and suburban communities continued to invest significantly in new rental home construction, with 1,241 new homes funded for development. Notably, the number of affordable homes preserved has increased even from 2018’s strong figures. This is likely due to 4d incentive programs in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and some suburban communities. Minneapolis led the region in preservation with a total 1,047 homes preserved. 

About the Housing Counts Report Series

Each year since 2002, Family Housing Fund and HousingLink jointly publish data to provide housing leaders and stakeholders with a consistent means of tracking annual affordable housing production, preservation, and loss. The data set provide an annual accounting of affordable housing projects in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and suburban communities, offering a systemic and consistent way of measuring progress to municipal and regional affordable housing goals.

When tracking new production and preservation of affordable housing, there are several points in time when a unit could be “counted.” HousingLink and Family Housing Fund have chosen to count units in the year their funding first closes. Only developments with public and/private capital funding with affordability obligations are listed.

To compare to previous years, view HousingLink’s visualization of the data over time, below.

Notes on the data:

  • The list of projects identifies how many affordable units are planned/preserved at three levels of affordability—30 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). This corresponds with affordability restrictions required by certain funding streams.
  • The data set counts units in the year their project financing first closes and includes only developments with public and/or private capital funding that includes affordability obligations.
  • The report tables divide the projects into three main categories: new production of rental units, new production of homeownership units, and preservation/stabilization of existing rental units.
  • Rental assistance to renters, financial assistance directly to home buyers, and shelter beds are not included in this data set.
  • Developments that are designed specifically to serve seniors are indicated with an asterisk in the reports.
  • Properties included on the preservation/stabilization list were especially at risk of being lost due to major deterioration, financial crisis, or conversion to market-rate rents. This list does not include essential routine capital improvements.
  • Demolition permit numbers are included to give some context to the production numbers in relation to the number of units lost in the region’s housing stock. However, the demolition number comes from demolition permit issues only; because of this, the actual number of units lost, the affordability level, and the condition of these lost units is unknown.

Housing Counts 2019

Housing Counts 2019

Housing Counts 2002-2019

Reports prior to 2019 are available within our Housing Counts 2002-2019 compilation.

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