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Growing affordable housing

Hennepin County is meeting our region’s affordable housing challenges head on by being deliberate in how, where, and with whom we invest in affordable housing. Our investments support the full spectrum of affordable housing, with a special focus on reducing disparities and growing housing options for people with the lowest incomes.

Funding rental housing development

2,131 units of affordable housing created or preserved through 31 projects in 2023. 

Hennepin County funds the development and preservation of affordable rental housing meant to maximize the amount of rental housing available to very low-income households. Through programs such as the Affordable Housing Incentive Fund, Home Investment Partnerships Program, Supportive Housing Strategy, and Single Room Occupancy Housing, the county finances long-term options tailored to the specific barriers people face when seeking housing.


97 affordable homeownership opportunities created in 2023. 

We make homeownership possible for more families by increasing the housing supply and supporting potential homeowners in purchasing their home. By investing in strategies such as capital funding for the construction of affordable homes and down payment assistance, we work to reduce disparities in homeownership and help families build wealth, impacting their ability to excel in all domains.

Housing preservation

6,112 total completed lead exposure prevention and home rehab projects since 2004.

Hennepin County helps low-income homeowners by funding home repair and health and safety improvements. This work helps prevent serious conditions like lead poisoning. It also lowers families’ monthly housing costs and helps to stabilize whole neighborhoods.

Our housing work in action

We’ve highlighted some programs and personal stories that dive deeper into the work and give voice to the many people who are at the center of our programs.
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All about AHIF: the little funding engine that could

The county has been running the Affordable Housing Incentive Fund (AHIF) for over 20 years. It doesn’t often make headlines, but it is making an outsized impact on communities.

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A healthy home, healthy life

How one North Minneapolis resident updated her house and protected her kids from lead.

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Belfry Apartments: deep housing affordability in the heart of Minneapolis

Belfry Apartments sits one block south of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. The project includes 41 units of deeply affordable housing.

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