What's New in HousingLink Research!


Multifamily Apartment Sales measure in the Rental Housing Briefs

NEW for January 2024

As of our January 2024 reports, our Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief and St Paul Rental Housing Brief reports now feature a MultiFamily Apartment Sales measure (page 7), with rolling five-year totals of multifamily sales transactions and units spanning the past five years. 

Our old measure, that of average sales price per unit, was subject to influences on property value such as location of property and apartment class, which were not apparent in the reported numbers. We believe our new measure to be more free of factors that could lead to misinterpretation of data, and thus a more meaningful reflection of multifamily sales activity in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

New Releases

Beyond the Skyline Interview

December 2023

Listen to HousingLink's Research Manager, Dan Hylton discuss HousingLink data and what insights it provides to the affordable housing landscape in MN in this episode of Finance & Commerce's Magazine's Beyond the Skyline podcast.

Housing Counts

December 2023 (data through 2022)

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 provides 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.

Housing Counts 2022 features housing production and preservation for projects with first finance closing in calendar year 2021. Additionally, we offer a Tableau visualization of all Housing Counts activity from 2002-2022 on our website.

MN Housing Measures

December 2023 (data through 2022)

Conceived in partnership with The McKnight Foundation, MN Housing Measures has evolved through many iterations through the years to its current form: an annually-updated, interactive, visualization of three key measures related to affordable rental housing in Minnesota:
  • Private Market Affordability: The percent of non-subsidized, publicly-advertised vacancies affordable to 60% of area median income, by metro area and region in the state.
  • Subsidized Housing Stock: The total inventory of both publicly-funded affordable rental units and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers by metro area and region in the state..
  • Funding for Housing: Statewide dollars allocated to housing from the federal government, state government, and philanthropic entities.


November 2023 (data through 2022)

Featuring over 137 thousand units of housing in this year's update, Streams is used by local policymakers, community developers, researchers, and others to:

  • Search to see where affordable rental housing units are located.
  • Refer people who ask about affordable rental stock.
  • Verify their own data.
  • Combine with other data to identify NOAH (naturally occurring affordable housing).
  • Analyze data to better understand markets & answer research questions.
  • Inform efforts to preserve affordable housing.


Twin Cities Rental Housing Trends

updated monthly

This series of visualizations features key metrics drawn from our Rental Housing Brief series but is expanded to cover the seven-county Twin Cities Metro, and delivered in  an easy-to-read, interactive, Tableau dashboard.

In addition to the featured metrics of median rents, building type, and affordability of vacancies by area median income (AMI) band, this dashboard includes a comparison of one bedroom rents across three types of vacancies, supply of NOAH rental vacancies, and supply of specialty rental housing openings listted on www.housinglink.org.

Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief and St Paul Rental Housing Brief

updated monthly

Powered by our proprietary Twin Cities Rental Revue database, this monthly report series highlights the following:

  • Median rents in the private market.
  • Building type among advertised vacancies.
  • Affordability of vacancies by area median income (AMI) band.

We also feature additional metrics including supply of NOAH rental vacancies, city inspection data, multifamily permitting, apartment sales, and more!

Hennepin County Rental Housing Brief

updated quarterly

Powered by our proprietary Twin Cities Rental Revue database, this monthly report series highlights the following:

  • Market overview, including median rents and vacancies by building type.
  • Rent affordability, including percent of cost-burdening rents and vacancies availably by household AMI.
  • Subsidized housing, including vacancies available to those with a Section 8 voucher and wait list openings.

HousingLink Data & Research

To learn more about HousingLink's data and other resources click here.

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