Data Sets

Housing Counts (7-County Region)

Since 2002, the Family Housing Fund and HousingLink have published the Housing Counts data set to provide housing leaders and other stakeholders an accurate and consistent way of tracking affordable housing (rental and homeownership) production and preservation in the seven-county Twin Cities region. Each year, the list of projects identifies how many affordable units are planned/preserved at three levels of affordability—30 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). It is important to recognize that when tracking new production and/or preservation of affordable housing, there are several points in time when a unit could be “counted.” HousingLink and the Family Housing Fund have chosen to count units in the year their funding first closes. Only developments with public and/or private capital funding that includes affordability obligations are listed. The report tables also divide the projects into three main categories: new production of rental units, new production of homeownership units, and preservation/stabilization of existing rental units. Properties included on the preservation/stabilization list are those that were especially at risk of being lost due to major deterioration, financial crisis, or conversion to market-rate rents. Furthermore, readers should bear in mind that the need for preservation of existing properties varies considerably from year to year. Factors that affect the timing of resources needed for this purpose include the age and condition of properties, the expiration date of use restrictions, the assembly of stabilization packages by multiple funders, etc. Any given year’s preservation activity is no indication of past or future commitments.

View Housing Counts 2015 (PDF)

View Housing Counts Compilation 2002-2015 (PDF)



HousingLink’s Streams is a searchable database of publicly-funded (subsidized) rental housing in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area.  Streams contains data on rental housing with a long-term rent restriction (or direct rent subsidy) that makes it affordable for those earning 80% or less of the area median income (AMI). This includes public housing, Project Based Section 8, LIHTC (tax credit) properties, and many other programs funded locally. Streams does not include emergency shelter, transitional, or supportive housing.

Access Streams Database


City and Neighborhood Profiles

Minnesota Compass

Minnesota Compass provides community profiles for Cities and Counties in the Twin Cities Region, including detailed geographic profiles for neighborhoods within the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The Family Housing Fund engaged Wilder Research to create enhanced city profiles for all Cities in the region (with populations of 1000 or more) to support cities in their Comprehensive Plan updates.

Access the Minnesota Compass Twin Cities Geographic Profiles


Metropolitan Council (7-County Region)

Access to key information and trends about the Twin Cities region or any city, county or township, including charts and data on population, employment, income and poverty, housing, commuting, land use and development.

Access the Metropolitan Council Community Profiles: (7-County Region)


Minnesota Housing (Statewide)

The community profiles present data elements necessary to successfully respond to various proposals from Minnesota Housing Finance Agency by geographic location. This includes specific indicators, key data points and geographic priority areas in an easy interactive mapping tool.

Access the Minnesota Housing Community Profiles: (Statewide Data)


Community Indicators

Metropolitan Council (7-County Region)

The Metropolitan Council also publishes a region-wide 2040 Housing Policy Plan Indicators Dashboard that serves as the foundation for continuous improvement, public accountability, and dialogue between the Metropolitan Council and their partners and stakeholders. The indicators are updated annually.

Access the Metropolitan Council Housing Policy Plan Indicators


Minnesota Compass (7-County Region and Statewide)

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Minnesota Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state, its seven regions, 87 counties and larger cities. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.

Access Minnesota Compass’ Housing Indicators


Minnesota Housing Partnership (Statewide)

The 2×4 Report tracks 2 timely, important housing trends in 4 key areas: rental market, owners’ market, homelessness, and the housing industry. The semi-annual MHP 2×4 Report paints a concise picture of how well Minnesotans are housed and the magnitude of the state’s housing crisis.

Access Minnesota Housing Partnership’s 2×4 Reports