Housing instability and displacement

I seek to preserve and increase affordable housing options. I also aim to promote housing stability and prevent displacement of our residents.

Displacement and gentrification

People are right to be concerned about displacement and gentrification in our City. As more people move to Minneapolis, current low-income residents are at greater and greater risk of being displaced. So-called “Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing” is being converted to higher-rent housing, at a rate of over a thousand units per year. The homeownership gap between whites and people of color in Minneapolis is among the widest in the nation. Some renters are trapped in an exploitative subset of the rental market and face disproportionate evictions and other negative housing options. Too many people continue to experience homelessness in Minneapolis and the number of unsheltered single adults has increased. The cost of energy is part of overall housing cost burden and falls disproportionately on the poorest residents and housing that is badly maintained can lead to a variety of different health problems, including lead poisoning, asthma, and more.

What we've done

To address the problems related to housing, the City has taken several actions since 2017 to build, rehab, and stabilize affordable housing, to promote home ownership, to reduce racial disparities, to address homelessness, and to increase energy efficiency in housing. We have:

  • Accelerated investment in affordable housing
  • Passed renter protections
  • Initiated a Missing Middle Housing pilot program
  • Created a Single Room Occupancy/shared housing pilot program
  • Voted to allow more affordable and innovative housing options like Intentional Community Cluster Developments
  • Approved an energy disclosure ordinance
  • Provided energy efficiency support
  • Created a 4d Affordable Housing Incentive program to provide property tax reductions for landlords of lower-rent units
  • Passed an advance notice of sale ordinance
  • Funded renter legal services for those who need them

Still, we need to do more

To meet this ongoing challenge, the City is exploring a number of additional policy solutions, including:

  • An Inclusionary Housing policy that would require some affordable units to be included in new apartments buildings, a Tenant Opportunity to Purchase policy that would give renters the right to purchase the buildings they live in when the owner of the building wants to sell it
  • Rent stabilization laws that would limit rent increases
  • Inclusive financing tools that would allow residents – both homeowners and renters – to pay for energy efficiency improvements through energy savings, on their bills
  • Tenant relocation assistance rules that would require relocation costs for tenants to be paid by owners of buildings that lose their rental licenses
  • A sustainable building policy that will require all buildings – including housing – that are supported by the City to meet a higher energy and environmental performance standard;
  • Bigger investments and a new levy dedicated to Public Housing
  • Greater flexibility to allow more affordable and innovative housing options like Intentional Community Cluster Developments, Accessory Dwelling Units on more properties and Single Room Occupancy

As the number of people who want to live in Minneapolis grows the lack of affordable housing has resulted in too many families struggling to cover housing costs. The free market system has failed to meet the housing needs in our City. Our City government can and should do more to ensure that all our residents have a healthy, safe and decent home to live in.