Housing Affordability

Housing Affordability

There is not enough housing being built in the Twin Cities and existing housing is too expensive for many residents. This lack of housing affordability puts at risk the vitality and prosperity of the region and will make existing racial and economic gaps worse, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made the need to act more urgent. Leaders of corporations, government, nonprofits and all organizations must work together now to turn the tide before we become as unaffordable as coastal cities. In 2019, the Itasca Project assembled a task force to build on a handful of the ~30 recommendations made in the More Places to Call Home, a statewide task force that concluded in 2018. The task force identified three focus areas for action: clarity through data, partnering with employers to pilot housing-forward benefits packages, and innovating in how to increase housing production while lowering costs of new units. More details can be found below:

Full Report (pdf, 22 pages)
Executive Summary (pdf, 2 pages)
Infographic (pdf, 1 page)

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