Hennepin County Housing
Building a foundation for all
Support across the housing spectrum
A 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.
How one North Minneapolis resident updated her house and protected her kids from lead
Through the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing model, the county acquires and rehabilitates properties, which has included motels and hotels, to create small, independent units that share common spaces like kitchens.
When the end of the eviction moratorium was near, Hennepin County staff knew there would be a flood of people entering housing court. They stepped in to help.
Families are facing a crisis53,090 households in Hennepin County make below 30% of the area median income, but there are only 18,705 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.