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.
In the years following the Great Recession, the affordable housing industry in Minnesota has responded to numerous threats, from the foreclosure crisis to falling federal spending on housing and the growing ranks of the homeless. It is now challenged to adapt to a new context, a "new normal," that is only now becoming apparent. It is now challenged to adapt to a new context, "a new normal," that is only now becoming apparent. Amid economic turmoil and socioeconomic shifts, the political and systems contexts have changed for the field. Minnesota has one of the most sophisticated affordable housing systems in the country, and must now use its tremendous capacity to adapt to new realities - not maintain the status quo.