MN Housing Measures 2012-2015
MN Housing Measures 2012-2015 represents the first in a new generation of annual HousingLink reports developed on behalf of the McKnight Foundation. This new series of reports explores the state of affordable housing, with a focus on affordable rental housing, in the midst of an extended period of low vacancy, rising rents, and challenges to developing new publicly-funded units. Relative health of geographies throughout the state of Minnesota are viewed through a lens of "NOAH" (Naturally-Occurring Affordable Housing) and publicly-subsidized rental unit supplies, as well as funding streams for affordable housing.
Since 2007 The McKnight Foundation
and HousingLink have collaborated on the Minnesota Baseline Housing Measures report. The intent of the report was to track activity, through a series of specific measurements, within the affordable housing community in Minnesota. Benchmarks were identified to trace developments in the field and further policy discussion on system trends and performance, with an end-goal to most efficiently meet the need for affordable housing and ultimately align efforts toward The McKnight Foundation's housing vision to increase family stability and link families to greater opportunity in our communities.
The McKnight Foundation works toward the following housing objectives:
We will strive to increase public acceptance of and support for affordable housing as a community asset rather than a liability.
Innovation & Design:
We will promote innovation and quality design that is good for people, places, and the environment. Housing that looks great, is located wisely, and is “green.”
Increased Preservation & Production:
We will strive to accelerate the pace of affordable housing preservation, production, and permanency.
An evaluation framework was developed to foster mutual accountability for results between McKnight and its partners for the goals of the affordable housing program
. The baselines and outcome measures were developed over a six-month iterative process of sharing and learning. Key partners and data experts were consulted to review and improve the framework and determine how to best capture progress towards the McKnight goals, as well as provide useful information for the affordable housing field.
The initial concept and design of MN Housing Measures was retired after the 2013 report and a new version was developed to better reflect the post-Recession affordable housing industry in Minnesota, as well as better leverage HousingLink unique, primary rental data.