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Housing Solutions Lab

Helping cities plan, launch, and evaluate equitable housing policies


Minneapolis skyline With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Minneapolis was a part of the Housing Solutions Lab’s Large City Peer Network. The Network brought housing officials and leaders from 10 cities together to share information about how they were responding to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and associated housing challenges.

Minneapolis was also a participant in the Local Housing Solutions Institute, an intensive program of seminars, strategic consultation, and team-building designed to help cities and counties refine and strengthen their housing strategies. With funding from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, LHSI participants convened for a weeklong in-person retreat in 2019.


Minneapolis made national headlines for Minneapolis 2040, the first citywide effort to eliminate single-family detached lot zoning.

Lab Notes

Andrea Brennan, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Minneapolis, appeared on our panel event Reckoning with the History of Housing Segregation.

Analyze IconAccording to our Housing Needs Assessment Tool there was a reduction in units with low rents between 2015 and 2020.

Bar chart showing a reduction in the number of Minneapolis rental units with rents under $500 and $1000 per month between 2015 and 2020. The percentage of $500 or less units decreased slightly while the percentage of $1000 or less rental units decreased by nearly one quarter.

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