2022 Annual Report
HousingLink strategically partners with other agencies that serve and reach marginalized communities. In partnership, the projects we work on like Beyond Backgrounds and Housing Hub strive to combat the impacts of inequity and racism. Read our Racial Justice statement.
PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS IN 2022
Build Wealth MN
CAMHI Community Adult Mental Health Initiative (Benton, Stearns, Sherburne, and Wright Counties)
City of Minneapolis
City of St. Paul
Family Housing Fund
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Greater MN Housing Fund
Itasca Consulting Group
JP Morgan Chase
Marshall School of Business, USC
Minnesota Management and Budget
Orbach Affordable Housing
Returning Home St. Paul
Sail Property Management and Consulting
Southern MN Regional and Legal Services
Continuum of Care
University of Minnesota
Urban Land Institute
Increasing Housing Access and Knowledge through our Website in '22
|1,784,088||Searches for Affordable Housing|
|22,607||Affordable Vacancies & Waiting List Openings Listed|
|3,206,514||Page Views of Housing Resources|
|127,220||Views of housing authority waiting list status|
|153,199||Visits for subsidized housing information|
|6,648||Views of Voucher Assistance Program information for owners |
|6,834||Listings that would consider a section 8 voucher|
|2,973||Visits for Fair Housing Information|
|1,970||Visits for landlord education on Fair Housing, Preventive Maintenance, |
Regulations and more!
|28,097,528||Notifications of housing openings sent via text and email since 2017|
BEYOND BACKGROUNDS GOES STATEWIDE!
Housing access is especially difficult for people with criminal, credit and rental history barriers. Our Beyond Backgrounds program helps provide relief to people with these challenges. For the past 5 years people could only use Beyond Backgrounds by referral.
In 2022 we opened the doors to anyone who needs it! When an owner/manager rents to someone who buys Beyond Backgrounds Financial Assurance, they can draw up to $2,000 above the security deposit to cover damage to the unit, unpaid rent, legal fees, and more.
Over 300 renters have found housing under this new Beyond Backgrounds program model!
"I was having trouble getting accepted to an apartment because I have a low credit score, and even lost my Housing Choice Voucher. However, with Beyond Backgrounds I was able to find a place close to my kid's school and their friends. My kids and I now have a safe place to live." - I.J.
"I really couldn't have found a place without Beyond Backgrounds." - D.M.
"This is a game changer and it's so important for small landlords like me. I have been hurt by a few tenants doing a lot of damage, and I don't have the extra funds to cover that type of cost. Now, I can rent to people and not have to worry as much about what might happen. I like giving renters a second chance, so this is immensely important for me as a landlord.” - Michelle
Development of Housing Hub continued in 2022. Housing Hub is a service that will transform how low-income renters access housing waiting lists, and how properties manage their waiting lists and fill openings. Housing Hub is now available for properties to add their waitlists!
SIMPLIFYING HOUSING INFORMATION
We help community leaders, human services professionals, renters, and owners/managers stay informed. Here is the information on which they rely:
Minneapolis and St. Paul Rental Housing Briefs
These monthly reports are among our most popular published products. In a snapshot, readers get an update on rents, affordability, subsidized housing & more. They help community leaders and citizens understand the state of rental housing in their cities.
This bi-weekly e-newsletter is sent to 3,300+ subscribers. It features updates on affordable housing resources, places that accept Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), notifications of subsidized waiting list openings, affordable housing news, events, job openings, and more.
This monthly e-newsletter is sent to over 2,000 property owners and managers. It features property management tips, upcoming education and networking events, rental housing news, and programs owners and managers can access to improve their properties
and have better renting experiences!
Housing Authority Waiting List Alerts (HAWL)
Housing Authority Waiting List alerts (HAWL) is HousingLink's longest running e-newsletter. It notifies 8,000+ subscribers when a major waiting list opens for a subsidized housing program such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
SIMPLIFYING HOUSING DATA
HousingLink is the gold standard for affordable rental housing data in Minnesota. Here are our offerings:
- Streams - A searchable database of subsidized rental housing in the Twin Cities.
- Twin Cities Rental Revue - A subscription-based quarterly report that shows the median rents for multifamily, single family, duplex, condo, and townhome rentals in the Twin Cities metro area.
- Twin Cities Rental Housing Trends - An interactive, rolling, 12-month visualization of key rental market trends in the Twin Cities.
- MN Housing Measures - Private market rent data contributes to this annually-updated, interactive visualization of three key measures related to affordable rental housing in Minnesota, in partnership with The McKnight Foundation.
- Housing Counts - An annual report of affordable housing production and preservation in the Twin Cities Metro, in partnership with Family Housing Fund.
- Hennepin County Rental Housing Brief - A quarterly report featuring a summary of affordable listings in Hennepin County and intended for use by developers and policymakers with an interest in affordable housing.
- Rent Reasonableness data for housing authorities on a contractual basis.
- Housing research for community agencies as requested.
|Allina Health||Metropolitan Council|
|Andersen Corporate Foundation||Minnesota Housing|
|American Heart Association||Minnesota & St. Paul Foundation|
|Bloomington HRA||Minneapolis Public Housing Authority|
|CH Robinson||Otto Bremer Foundation|
|Dakota County||Plymouth HRA|
|Family Housing Fund||Radias Health & Mental Health Resources|
|F.R. Bigelow Foundation||Ramsey County CDBG|
|Google, Inc. (in-kind)||Redmon Law Chartered (in-kind)|
|Hennepin County||Scott County|
|Hugh J. Andersen Foundation||Scott County CDA|
|Initiative Foundation||St. Paul - Returning Home St. Paul|
|Many individual donors||St. Paul Foundation|
|Mardag Foundation||St. Paul Public Housing Agency|
|Margaret A. Cargill Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation||Stearns County|
|McKnight Foundation||Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care|
|Medica Foundation||Washington CDA|
2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Housing Development Policy Coordinator, City of Minneapolis CPED
Property Manager/Compliance Specialist, Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions
Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (partial year)
Loan Portfolio & Servicing Manager, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
President, Family Housing Fund
Senior Technical Recruiter, J.P. Morgan Chase
President, Core Living
Housing Tax Credit Supervisor, Minnesota Housing
Housing Program Director, Vail Place
Senior Leadership Attorney: Housing, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
LISW, Manager, Programs & Ancillary Services, State Court Administrator’s Office, Park Apartment
Director, Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Director of Community Development and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
1400 Van Buren St NE, Ste 215
Minneapolis, MN 55413