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Hennepin County Housing

Building a foundation for all

Support across the housing spectrum

affordable home ownership, workforce rental housing, affordable housing, deeply affordable and supportive housing and assistance, emergency shelterA safe and affordable place to live is the foundation on which people build successful lives. At Hennepin County, we work to develop a range of affordable housing options across income levels. We call it the affordable housing spectrum. We also work to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. 

This spectrum is the heart of our housing strategy at Hennepin County—helping everyone across the continuum gain access to greater housing stability.

Making a difference

Our programs and strategies have very real impacts on the lives of thousands of people living in our county. Read some of their stories.

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Innovative development integrates affordable housing, childcare and other supports

Hennepin County was one of many partners to support the development of Rise on 7 in St. Louis Park.

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A place to land for families

A new supportive housing option in Hopkins for families involved with child welfare.

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Hennepin County loan program helps make homes more accessible

Hennepin County offers loans for home repairs and maintenance to help make homes safer and more accessible.

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Families are facing a crisis

53,090 households in Hennepin County make below 30% of the area median income, but there are only 18,705 housing units affordable to them.
There are an estimated 73,660 households in Hennepin County with incomes below 30% of the area median income, but only 14,192 housing units affordable to them.

Disparities in housing affordability

We also see significant racial disparities in households that spend more than a third of their income on housing.

51 percent of black households and 25 percent of white households are cost burdened

Our response

Today, affordable housing is out of reach for many. The lack of housing options available to families, the disparities in housing affordability, and the increasing price of housing are big challenges. But Hennepin County is meeting them head on.

Heart of our housing strategy