Collaborative Research

HousingLink Flagship Research

Streams (ongoing, with annual updates)
Drawing from data sources including HUD, MN Housing, and USDA in addition to a number of local sources, Streams is HousingLink’s searchable database of subsidized rental housing in the Twin Cities. The Streams tool is free to the public.

Twin Cities Rental Revue (ongoing, with quarterly updates)
Comprised of private market rental listings, the Twin Cities Rental Revue is HousingLink’s subscription-based quarterly median rent report for multifamily, single family, duplex, condo, and townhome rentals in the Twin Cities metro area.

Research Partnerships

Housing Counts (2002-2014)
HousingLink and Family Housing Fund have published a new Housing Counts report each year since 2002 in order to create an ongoing historical record of affordable housing production and preservation for the Twin Cities seven-county metro area.

MN Housing Measures (2007-2013)
From 2007-2013, HousingLink partnered with the McKnight Foundation to deliver a Minnesota-based affordable housing baseline measures and outcomes report.

Additional HousingLink Research

Implications of Small Area FMRs (2016) (a research brief)
Utilizing HUD's FY2016 Hypothetical Small Area FMRs dataset, HousingLink investigated the change in qualifying 2016 listings if all Public Housing Authorities were to change from the old market-wide, standard FMRs to Small Area FMRs.

Additional Projects to Which HousingLink Has Contributed Data and Expertise

Evictions in Minneapolis (2016), Minneapolis Innovation Team
A report investigating the prevalence, trends, and underlying issues related to evictions in Minneapolis, MN.

NOAH (Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing) Impact Fund (2015-2016), multiple agencies
Data supporting effort to finance acquisition and preservation of naturally affordable rental housing in the Twin Cities metro to preserve that affordability for the long term.

Big Picture Project (2014-2016), Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
Series of reports detailing progress at efforts made to preserve affordability in neighborhoods with proximity to Twin Cities Green Line (Central Corridor light rail transit line) and make the area "...a better place to live, work, and raise a family."

Choice, Place, and Opportunity (2012-2014), Metropolitan Council
Data and research supporting a multi-agency regional transit corridor planning consortium, based on grants and funding for both the Living Cities Integration Initiative and a Sustainable Communities Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Healthy Corridor for All, (2012), PolicyLink
Data and expertise supporting a community health impact sssessment of transit-oriented development policy in St. Paul, MN.

Before the Train: Central Corridor Rental Housing Inventory Report (2012), Twin Cities LISC and Housing Justice Center
Data and analysis for report regarding rental housing supply in proximity to the Central Corridor Inventory, with hopes of developing an affordable housing preservation strategy.

Organizations and Events for which HousingLink has Presented Data and Research

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Housing Forum
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
Frogtown Neighborhood CDC
MetroGIS Policy Board
Minnesota Non Profit GIS User Group
MN Real Estate Journal's Affordable Rental Housing Summit
Twin Cities Research Group
University of Minnesota Geographic Information Science Department