Housing Preservation Case Studies

These case studies explore the preservation of existing homes, both rental and ownership, as a cost-efficient method to provide quality affordable homes within existing neighborhoods and strengthen the sense of community. By supporting strong preservation policies the most affordable housing in the communities remains an asset that contributes to the overall housing options in a community. The state housing agency, MN Housing offers a multitude of financial assistance to further the preservation of rental housing.

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Live MSP is an informational and marketing initiative that focuses on attracting and retaining residents in all of the neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. It was established in August 2008 with seed money from the Family Housing Fund and organizational support from the City of Minneapolis and the City of Saint Paul.

Project S.H.I.N.E. Code Enforcement

Project S.H.I.N.E. stands for "Shoreview Inspections for Neighborhood Enhancement". It is a program designed by the City of Shoreview to educate residents and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining properties. Well maintained properties protect both property values and the quality of a neighborhood. This neighborhood enforcement and enhancement effort is aimed at maintaining the livability of neighborhoods and is a critical tool in the fight to maintain neighborhoods.

Richfield Transformation

Transformation Homes is a Richfield HRA loan program to encourage large-scale renovations with the goal of neighborhood preservation. To be eligible for funding the renovation must be valued at $50,000 or more. The program provides a zero percent interest, 30-year deferred loan that covers 15 percent of total project costs, up to $15,000.

Sienna Green Apartments

Sienna Green, Aeon’s eco-friendly renovation of the Har Mar Apartments, offers newly renovated and affordable apartment homes in a residential neighborhood of Roseville, Minnesota. Residents enjoy a suburban setting that’s conveniently close to walking trails, schools, and parks, transit lines, and Rosedale.

Westbrooke Patio Homes

The City of Hopkins created a Housing Improvement Area to allow for the financing of a $2.3 million improvement project. The area contained a number of older town homes that had deteriorated. The project involved renovating and reconfiguring 40 buildings and garages. The work was extensive and involved many updates to the systems and infrastructure of the complex.