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Research & Reports

Research and Reporting on the Work of Minnesota Housing

Strategic Planning Support Documents

Annual Program Assessment

Annually, Minnesota Housing reports on the housing assistance it provided during the previous year and summarizes characteristics of households assisted by program. Biennially, Minnesota Housing reports on the distribution of its assistance by county.

2017 Program Assessment

Loss of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) May 2018 - Minnesota is losing 2,000 affordable rental units every year.

Previous Housing Assistance in Minnesota Reports

Annual Cost Containment Report

Minnesota Housing is now annually reporting on its efforts to encourage efforts to contain development costs. The report includes results from the last decade. Reducing development costs is critical if we are to maximize the benefit of the limited resources that are available.

2018 Cost Containment Report

Housing Disparities Report

Annually, Minnesota Housing reports to the legislature on the efforts to address the state's homeownership disparity gap and low-income concentrated housing disparities.

2018 Housing Disparities Report

Evaluation of the Rental Assistance Pilot for Homeless or Highly Mobile Families with School-Age Children

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $2 million through the Housing Trust Fund for an initial rental assistance pilot project for families with school-age children who have changed schools or homes at least once in a school year.  The goal of the pilot was to improve school attendance by stabilizing their housing. This evaluation assesses housing stability and school attendance, but not academic performance, which generally takes several years to measure an impact and is beyond the timeline of this evaluation.
Full Report - February 2017

Preliminary Evaluation of Neighborhood Stabilization Impact in Minnesota

This evaluation provides a mid-implementation snapshot of how early NSP investments have helped communities hardest hit by foreclosures in Minnesota.
Full Report

Regional Distribution of Minnesota Housing Assistance

Minnesota Housing serves a full continuum of affordable housing needs across the state. This report shows the geographical distribution of the agency’s investments across the state for the most recent five years.
Full Report - September 2014

Supportive Housing

Minnesota Housing collects information on households living in long-term homeless (LTH) units through the state Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  This report contains details on the number of people served, demographics, and housing stability. 

Characteristics of Tenants in Long-Term Homeless Units

Housing with Tax Credits

This analysis of rental housing with Federal Housing Tax Credits allocated in Minnesota summarizes basic characteristics of the housing and the tenants who occupied it as of the end of 2014.

A Review of Rental Housing with Tax Credits

This analysis assesses the role that Minnesota Housing's Qualified Allocation Plan and tax credit selections play in providing access to opportunity and facilitating integration.

Analysis of 9% Credit Selections

Economic Impact of Minnesota Housing’s Investments

Every two or three years, Minnesota Housing evaluates the impact that its investments have had on the state’s economic output and employment. Investments in housing construction and rehabilitation are strong job creators.
Full Report

Housing for Seniors

With baby boomers starting to enter retirement age, Minnesota Housing is carrying out a series of research reports examining the housing needs and options for seniors.

Minnesota Families Affordable Rental Investment Fund (MARIF) Review

Once a year, Minnesota Housing, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, reports on the characteristics of tenants in developments assisted through MARIF.
MARIF Report for 2017

Research on Housing and Community Needs

Home Renovation Needs of Older Adults

In 2016, Minnesota Housing, with support from the McKnight Foundation, contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a study to identify the home improvement needs of extremely low-income older adult homeowners in Minnesota.

Need for Workforce Rental Housing in Minnesota

With the tight rental market in 2015 and growing workforce in many communities across Minnesota, workforce housing is an important housing issue.
Memo on Need for Workforce Housing

2014 Key Trends for Affordable Housing: Demographic, Economic and Market Factors Impacting Minnesota Housing

PDF Version of Presentation with Notes

Housing Location Preferences of Minnesotans

To finance affordable housing that enhances quality life, Minnesota Housing needs to understand the housing location preferences of Minnesotans. This report uses survey data from 804 Minnesotans to examine location preferences.
Full Report, February 2012

Foreclosures in Minnesota

This foreclosure report provides key findings about the current state of the foreclosure crisis in Minnesota for the most recent quarter. To monitor the evolving crisis, Minnesota Housing has purchased statewide data on the delinquency, and foreclosure status of residential mortgages by zip code. The data will help Minnesota Housing and its partners target their prevention and remediation efforts.
Spring 2014 - Full Report

Veterans Housing Needs Study

The 2014 Supplemental Budget included an appropriation to Minnesota Housing to conduct a veterans housing needs study in communities around the state. Minnesota Housing and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs worked with The Improve Group to design a survey to be implemented in participating communities. More than 1,000 veterans were surveyed as well as 31 service providers. This report includes results from all of the counties that participated in the survey:

  • Benton County
  • Dakota County
  • Sherburne County
  • Northwest Community Action: Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall and Roseau Counties

Final Report for the Veterans Housing Needs Study


Discussion Papers

These reports were researched and written to facilitate an informed policy discussion. While the reports contain useful data and information, they do not necessarily reflect Minnesota Housing policy. Typically, they are written by graduate students.