It refers to residential rental properties that are affordable, but are unsubsidized by any federal program. Their rents are relatively low compared to the regional housing market.
NOAH properties are typically Class B and Class C rental buildings or complexes built between 1940 and 1990. Rents are lower-ranging, generally between $550 and $1,200 per month, affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
NOAH units are the most common affordable housing in the United States. In fact, three quarters of all affordable units in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro are unsubsidized. There are over 167,000 unsubsidized, naturally affordable rental units in the Twin Cities metro area.
NOAH units are also the housing at greatest risk of being lost due to market speculation and upgrades that result in higher rents and lost affordability. When rents are raised, low-income families lose access to this housing.
Such NOAH properties can be found scattered across the Twin Cities metropolitan area. They tend to be larger apartment complexes with over 50 rental units. Many of these properties are convenient to well paying jobs, good schools, and healthy recreational amenities, making them ideal workforce housing and a high priority for preservation of long-term affordability.