How Hennepin County is preserving affordable housing

The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund has big plans to invest millions to preserve affordable housing across the seven-county metro area.

Greater Minnesota Housing Fund was granted $3 million Tuesday from the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners they will use to continue to build a $25 million fund to help keep people housed.

The preservation effort is particularly mindful of those on section 8 or rent subsidy vouchers like Merche Banks, a single mother from Richfield, Minn.

“As a person I felt violated,” Banks told Fox 9 of receiving a notice to vacate on May 27.

Banks has lived at Crossroads Apartments, now known as Concierge Apartments, for the past eight years.

According to reps at the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, investor Ron Soderberg acquired Crossroads Apartments seven months ago.

As a result Banks says her rent was raised by at least $150 and Soderberg will not accept rent subsidy vouchers, including Section 8.

“Without that housing subsidy I would not have a place to stay,” Banks explained.

After the acquisition, 650 households at Crossroads Apartments were given notice of a rent hike, and 135 were given walking papers.

View the television coverage at Fox 9 News.

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About the NOAH Impact Fund

The NOAH Impact Fund is a subsidiary of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. This program was established to enable the preservation of existing affordable housing for Minnesotans.

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Staff Contacts

Rachel Robinson
NOAH Impact Fund Manager
rrobinson@gmhf.com
651.221.1997 x114

Warren W. Hanson
President & CEO, GMHF, MEF & NOAH
whanson@gmhf.com
651.221.1997 x107

General Contact Info

NOAH Impact Fund
c/o Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
332 Minnesota Street
Suite 1201-East
Saint Paul, MN 55101