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  • e portfolio Check out our work. Featured Clients Children’s Home Society Ehlers Public Finance Family Housing Fund Friends of the Mississippi River Live MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul) Minnesota Green Communities Minnesotans for Impartial Courts
  • Children’s Home Society and Family Services Organization Rebranding: Website and Logo
  • Ehlers Public Finance Company Rebranding: Marketing Materials Improving communities through public finance The story behind our symbol ion ication, The sigma ( ) symbol symbolizes the fact that we are equal to the sum of our parts. Each sing person counts at Ehlers. Everyone is encouraged to develop his or her talent. The result is and t, Hou rtic mun ent, men a motivated and collaborative work culture that adds value to the communities we serve. es rvic ipat om opm elop ng Se blic t, C The seal that surrounds the sigma symbolizes trust—the only basis for enduring relation- evel ic Dev anni ce Pa en ships. From our start in 1955, our word has been our bond. We’re dedicated to providing suan and agem l Pl Red om independent financial advice without any conflicting interests. ncia Pu t Is Econ Man Fina Deb EHLERS First we understand LEADERS IN PUBLIC FINANCE your point-of-view. Then we expand your horizons. EHLERS LEADERS IN PUBLIC FINANCE View slide
  • Ehlers Public Finance Company Rebranding: Marketing Materials We know where you’re coming from. In fact, three-quarters of our Financial Advisors have prior experience in elective office or government work. You can depend on Ehlers to provide financial advice that is aligned with the interests of your community. We can see things your Our word is our bond. way because we’re on your side. First we understand your point-of-view. Gain objective financial advice. Ehlers has been providing objective financial advice to leaders in Midwestern com- munities since 1955. We have the experience, knowledge and skills to navigate the maze of financial options. Our goal is to expand your horizons and achieve practical solutions at the lowest cost to taxpayers. Our interests are aligned with yours. Ehlers exclusively for public sector clients and we will not work for developers or bond brokers, ensuring that you avoid even a perception of any conflict of interest. However, we work amicably with all stakeholders to serve the public good. Our Then we expand your horizons. allegiance is with the communities we serve. Leaders call us to provide debt issuance and financial planning services. We also provide services to spur economic development and rerevitalize neighborhoods. Success with these financial endeavors requires public understanding and support. Clients use our development and communications services to augment their internal staff. Ehlers consistently ranks as one of the top financial advisory firms in number of sales in the Midwest and in the top three nationwide. Our Financial Advisors drive more than 400,000 miles a year to serve our clients. Our success is the result of established long-term relationships and hard work. Our founder, Robert L. Ehlers, Sr., grew up in Montana, Bob Ehlers sold the company to his employees in 1985, a state where your word is your bond. After receiving his but his legacy continues. He liked to say, “ We don’t do law degree and moving to Minnesota, Bob recognized deals. We build communities.” Helping a community build the conflict of interest when broker-dealers represent both a new water system or school building brought him great EHLERS the buyer and the issuer in the sale of a municipal bond satisfaction. Bob never wavered from his commitment to issue. He founded Ehlers in 1955 to align interests and to wearing the white hat. help communities better plan for growth. LEADERS IN PUBLIC FINANCE We listen to your vision. We see ways to get it done. Our word is our bond. Gain objective financial advice. Improve your community. Ehlers has been providing objective financial advice to leaders in Midwestern com- We work with counties, cities, suburbs, townships, school districts and other govern- munities since 1955. We have the experience, knowledge and skills to navigate the mental units to build better communities. We help you plan for and finance new city maze of financial options. Our goal is to expand your horizons and achieve practical halls, county jails and schools, sewage and water treatment systems, along with new solutions at the lowest cost to taxpayers. Our interests are aligned with yours. roadways and street reconstruction projects—to align with master plans to develop, redevelop and economically renew communities. Four service lines Ehlers exclusively for public sector clients and we will not work for developers or bond brokers, ensuring that you avoid even a perception of any conflict of interest. Through all of the complexity it’s a pleasure to see the results. These tangible Debt Issuance Services Financial Planning Planning, issuance and management of debt is an on-going Budgeting should not be “paycheck to paycheck.” Long-range However, we work amicably with all stakeholders to serve the public good. Our additions improve the quality of the day and strengthen the fabric of community. process. The issuance of debt requires an ongoing stream financial planning makes the annual budgeting process less allegiance is with the communities we serve. of tasks—evaluating options for upcoming projects; looking painful and enables policy makers to focus on big picture Leaders call us to provide debt issuance and financial planning services. We also provide Extend your capabilities. to the future for balance in capital investment and revenue demands; responding to legislative change; understanding questions related to tax rates, utility feeds, and debt to cash ratios. Rating agencies are increasingly emphasizing the need services to spur economic development and rerevitalize neighborhoods. Success with Ehlers helps communities make plans and decisions without the hassle, worries and market conditions in financial markets; planning for for specific policies and regular review by elected officials. these financial endeavors requires public understanding and support. Clients use our wasted time. To help you design customized solutions that achieve financial goals we refinancing; and bringing issues to market. Ehlers can help guide you through the process. development and communications services to augment their internal staff. track State and Federal regulations, cross-pollinate knowledge, leverage our experi- We help structure bond issues, navigate the rating agency Ehlers consistently ranks as one of the top financial advisory firms in number of sales ence, and tap into our long-term relationships with other public finance professionals. Management, Communication, and Public process, produce the official statement, assist the bond Participation in the Midwest and in the top three nationwide. Our Financial Advisors drive more Each Ehlers Financial Advisor is a financial and community expert, backed by a team attorney with the resolution for the sale, take competitive The success of financial endeavors often requires public than 400,000 miles a year to serve our clients. Our success is the result of established of specialists. Our Financial Advisors walk their talk. With over fifty years of success, bids for the sale, and coordinate all of the closing details. understanding and support. Open houses, newsletters, and long-term relationships and hard work. we’ve earned our reputation as leaders in public finance. hearings are key factors in informing the citizens. Better- Ecomonic Development, Redevelopment, informed citizens are more likely to pass referenda and and Housing support elected officials at elections. Ehlers augments your There are multiple steps in thoughtful tax base growth, staff to manage communication and public participation. creating new employment opportunities, revitalizing Our founder, Robert L. Ehlers, Sr., grew up in Montana, Bob Ehlers sold the company to his employees in 1985, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetue scing elit, sed adiam nonummy euis- neighborhoods and providing housing, including: a state where your word is your bond. After receiving his but his legacy continues. He liked to say, “ We don’t do mod tincidunt laoreet dolore magna aliquam etio erat volutpat. Ut wisi sienim ad 1) Attracting and vetting developer experience; law degree and moving to Minnesota, Bob recognized deals. We build communities.” Helping a community build minim veniam, quis volupat posim nobis no. 2) Navigating the regu-latory restrictions associated the conflict of interest when broker-dealers represent both a new water system or school building brought him great Adiam nonummy euismod tincidunt laoreet dolore magna aliquam etio erat ersb with subsidies; 3) Analyzing developers’ pro-formas the buyer and the issuer in the sale of a municipal bond satisfaction. Bob never wavered from his commitment to volutpat. Ut wisi sienim ad minim veniam, quis nosotrud placerat facer posim issue. He founded Ehlers in 1955 to align interests and to wearing the white hat. and reaching a development agreement; 4) Testing the nobis. Nonummy suirmod tincienut lorattet ngrans laquanm etio rientsd guirow help communities better plan for growth. theiwoet. Ut wisi sienim ad minim veniam, quis ad minim posim siluta esse nobis. success of a project through a look-back provision. Ut wisi sienim ad minim veniam, quis volupat posim nobis no. Ehlers can help with each step. View slide
  • Ehlers Public Finance Company Rebranding: Brand Guidelines The Customized Solution Icon 4.4 Acceptable usage A. Full color reproduction B. Transparent color C. Transparent black D. Cropped as a background Brand Guidelines Always use a white background when reproducing the Customized Solutions Icon. A., B., and C. (shown above) are the only three acceptable reproductions of the The Customized Solutions Icon: Customized Solutions Icon. For all print and electronic applications, the Custom- 1. When used in its entirety, (not cropped) must be used in the color sequencing ized Solutions Icon must be reproduced from reproduction-quality art or from pattern with the “green fin” up and curving clockwise as shown. high resolution digital files. 2. Must always be reproduced on a white background. Adhering to the following color reproduction guidelines will help in creating a 3. Should be reproduced in full or transparent color whenever possible. However, consistent image and maintain the visual impact of the Customized Solutions Icon. the Customized Solution Icon can be reproduced in a transparent black/gray tint. It should never be reproduced in a non-transparent dark black/gray. 4. Can be cropped and used as a background for other graphic elements or type. (as shown in example D, above) 5. May be used with or without the Customized Solutions Totem. (see pages 4.5 – 4.6) Ehlers Brand Guidelines
  • Minnesota Green Communities Website and Marketing Materials +RPH %RRNPDUN WKLV SDJH &RQWDFW SEARCH $%287 86 352-(&76 *5((1 %< '(6,*1 38%/,&$7,216 1(:6 DQG (9(176 *5((1 5(6285&(6 :+$7¶6 1(: /RUHP LSVXP GRORU VLW DPHW FRQHVVH VHFWHWXHU DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW HWQHX GRORUH PDJQD DOLTXDP HUDW YROXWSDW Learn more Ripley Gardens 8W ZLVL HQLP DG PLQLP YHQLDP HUVTXLV Minneapolis, Minnesota (opened October 2007) QRVWUXG 'XLV DXWHP YHO GRORU LQHUJW YXO SXWDWH YHOLW HVVH FRQVHTXDW Developer/Sponsor Aeon Learn more Architect LHB /RUHP LSVXP GRORU VLW DPHW OXWRVFRQ 7KH :HOOVWRQH $SDUWPHQWV 0LQQHDSROLV General Contractor Watson-Forsberg VHFWHWXHU HOLW VHG GLDP QRQXPP QLEK Units 60 HXLVPRG WLQFLGXQW XW ODRUHHW Learn more MINNESOTA GREEN COMMUNITIES Project Description Ripley Gardens is the redevelopment of the former Ripley Maternity Hospital in the Harrison Neighborhood of This initiative is designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, 0$<  WR   Minneapolis. The development includes the restoration of 8W ZLVL HQLP DG PLQLP YHQLDP HUVTXLV three historic buildings and the addition of three new buildings QRVWUXG 'XLV DXWHP YHO GRORU LQHUJW YXO DQG PRUH HQHUJHI¿FLHQW KRXVLQJ WKURXJKRXW WKH VWDWH RI 0LQQHVRWD /RUHP LSVXP GRORU VLW DPHW FRQVHFW to provide 52 rental and eight home ownership units. Project Financing Minnesota Green Communities $78,000 SXWDWH YHOLW HVVH FRQVHTXDW HWXHU DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW GRORUH PDJQD The site is listed on both the National and Local Registers Limited Partner Equity, of Historic Places in recognition of its important place in the Learn more DOLTXDP VHFWHWXHU DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW LIHTC $5,091,851 “ Long-term affordability for our housing stock is an important issue and green history of both women and medicine. In 1886, Dr. Martha HUDW YROXWSDW /RUHP LSVXP GRORU VLW Ripley, one of the few female physicians at that time, decided First Mortgage $2,730,000 building strategies can help us keep operating and maintenance costs down and DPHW FRQVHFWHWXHU DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW to address the exceptionally high mortality rate for women in City of Minneapolis (CPED-CDBG, HOME, create healthier indoor environmnets for families.” GRORUH PDJQD DOLTXDP HUV VHFWHWXHU childbirth by founding a women-operated maternity hospital. AHTF, Seed) $1,145,000 From the beginning, she insisted on welcoming everyone who Historic Rehab Tax Credits MN GREEN eNEWS HERE ²0LFKDHO .UDXVH .DQGLRKL 'HYHORSPHQW 3DUWQHUV DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW HUDW HOLW SXWDWH YHOWLOH came to its doors, regardless of financial means, marital sta- (HTC) $1,067,149 HUVUHZJR YROXWSDW tus, age, or ethnicity. The Maternity Hospital closed in 1956 Pending HTC Adjustment $50,000 /RUHP LSVXP GRORU VLW DPHW FRQ and the property was transformed into Queen Care Nursing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) $600,000 VHFWHWXHU DGLSLVFLQJ ODRUHHW GRORUH 8W ZLVL HQLP DG PLQLP YHQLDP TXLV Home, which operated until 2000. The site was vacant until Hennepin County AHIF $550,000 PDJQD DOLTXDP VHFWHWXHU DGLVF 0LQQHVRWD *UHHQ &RPPXQLWLHV LV D VWDWHZLGH FROODERUDWLRQ RI WKH *UHDWHU QRVWUXG 'XLV DXWHP YHO FRQVHFWHWXHU Ripley Gardens opened in October 2007. Hennepin County ERF $542,600 Minnesota Housing $478,000 LQJ ODRUHHW HUDW YROXWSDW $GLSLVFLQJ 0LQQHVRWD +RXVLQJ )XQG WKH )DPLO +RXVLQJ )XQG DQG (QWHUSULVH DOLTXDP GRORU LQ YXO SXWDWH YHOLW HVVH The plans for the site were developed with extensive participa- Met Council—LCDA $450,000 7KH 1DWLRQDO *UHHQ &RPPXQLWLHV LQLWLDWLYH LV D ¿YHHDU FRPPLWPHQW E tion by the Harrison Neighborhood Association, which has ODRUHHW GRORUH PDJQD DOLTXDP VXP YXOHLRV FRQVHTXDW Aeon Gap Loan $318,898 (QWHUSULVH WR EXLOG PRUH WKDQ  KHDOWK HI¿FLHQW KRPHV IRU ORZLQFRPH become a strong supporter of the project. Neighborhood GRORU VLW DPHW FRQVHFWHWXHU SHRSOH DQG PDNH VXVWDLQDEOH GHYHORSPHQW WKH PDLQVWUHDP LQ WKH DIIRUG- REGISTER NOW The Ripley Gardens development incorporates a wide range of Revitalization Program $300,000 A Green Advantage DEOH KRXVLQJ LQGXVWU Federal Historic Save sustainable design elements, including: 6L*1 83 )25 (±1(:6/(77(5 /LQN WR WKH 1DWLRQDO *UHHQ &RPPXQLWLHV 6LWH KHUH /($51 025( America’s Treasures Grant $295,000 Foundation/Other $235,128 General Partner Deferred Developer Fee $149,841 of green space. Investment Account Interest $107,922 ‹ 0LQQHVRWD *UHHQ &RPPXQWLHV - Family Housing Fund $100,000 portation with direct service to downtown Minneapolis and Historic Preservation Grants $65,000 the western suburbs. Private Donations $62,043 Hennepin County Lead Grant $42,000 solar heating. CPED—Non-profit Admin $30,000 Hennepin County TOD $10,000 Total Project Financing $14,498,432 three rain gardens. surfaces and reduces heat island effect. www.mngreencommunities.org A collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise
  • Minnesota Green Communities Conference Materials Day One Sawtooth Cottages, Grand Marais Ripley Gardens, Minneapolis Park Avenue Apartments, Minneapolis Wednesday, May 16 Day One Schedule 10:30 a.m. to Noon Morning Breakout Sessions Plenary Sessions Toward Net Zero Energy in Affordable Housing Kim Bretheim, LHB 7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast Rick Carter, LHB 8 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Architects Kim Bretheim and Rick Carter will present energy consumption Dana Bourland, Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners and cost data, examples of energy-neutral buildings, and strategies for Tom Fulton, President, Family Housing Fund achieving net zero energy in affordable housing developments. Learn how Warren Hanson, President and CEO, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund renewable energy and green power can be incorporated into your next CHOOSE ONE OF TWO SESSIONS Noon Keynote Luncheon Address project. Participants will leave with an understanding of net zero energy Creating Healthy, Active, Livable Housing and Communities buildings and the feasibility of their application in affordable housing. Xavier Bonnefoy, Head of Environment and Health Consulting, Paris, France Former Regional Advisor on Housing and Health, World Health Organization Affordable Conservation Land Use and Design— From Ordinance to Results With 16 years experience at the World Health Organization, Mr. Bonnefoy How to plan and build healthy, sustainable affordable housing and communities in Minnesota Dr. Kim Alan Chapman, Applied Ecological Services delivers an engaging speech on the powerful connections between housing and public health. Bonnefoy, backed by a body of evidence, will discuss the For almost 20 years, Applied Ecological Services (AES) has brought the many health aspects of green design and building, including connecting the science of ecology to land use decisions, with ecologists working hand-in- dots between urban sprawl and public health, the importance of building hand with engineers, architects, planners, and other professionals to deliver 2nd annual statewide conference healthy communities, and the health consequences of global climate change. solutions to land use challenges. Chapman will discuss the first Conservation Development design approved under a 2006 St. Croix County (WI) conser- presented by Minnesota Green Communities 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Track One (Building Green) vation subdivision ordinance. (St. Croix County is in the Twin Cities metro- EEBA “Houses that Work: The House-as-a-System Approach” politan statistical area.) The ordinance challenged the developer and AES Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, 2007 • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark LaLiberte, Building Knowledge to transform an agricultural site into a mid-market residential development which harmonizes with the land, protects and enhances habitats and a The Depot • 225 South Third Avenue • Minneapolis MN • 55401 This full day course features Mark LaLiberte from Building Knowledge, back by popular demand from our 2006 conference. Based on U.S. trout stream, and establishes a unique identity for residents in close prox- imity to the natural world. F U L L D AY C O U R S E Department of Energy Building America Program research, EEBA’s nationally acclaimed Houses That Work™ course helps affordable housing developers, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions builders, contractors, and architects improve the performance, efficiency, Manage Green: A Guide to Green Property Management and durability of the homes they build. The workshop also provides strategies Kim Carlson, EarthSmart LLC to reduce costly callbacks, warranty, and liability issues. Topics include: As founder of Cities Management, the largest residential property Part 1 Building Science Principles management firm in the upper Midwest, Kim talks about how and why Part 2 Addressing Ventilation and Water Management she has created an award winning environmental management program Part 3 Effective Insulation /Air Sealing: Roof, Walls, Windows, and Foundation for property managers. Participants learn about the green market in Part 4 Better Mechanical Systems, Advanced Framing, and Marketing CHOOSE ONE OF TWO SESSIONS general and more specifically the green building market, including why Track Two (Policy and Technical Sessions) it is important to consider implementing green building management principles. The workshop is designed to give information on the areas 8:30 to 10 a.m. Morning Session of building management that can be greened and practical steps that Discovering the Synergy of a Green Team: The Integrated Design Process ed esign gn g g owners take implement green program. p p gram building managers and owners can take to implement a green program. Josh Arnold, Focus on Energy/Franklin Energy Services Jeffrey Schoeneck, UrbanWorks Architecture i Greening Minnesota through Green Roofs and Research Leslie Hoffman, Earth Pledge piece n e Conference Schedule Grid The integrated design process is the first and most critical piece in the devel- local case oca oca opment of green affordable housing. Through the lens of a local case study, y Day Two Earth Pledge’s current work is focusing on bringing the benefits of green rade-offs d this session will identify key steps taken and examples of trade-offs when roofs to the communities of Minnesota. Green roofs are a sustainable build- stems approach, e going through this process. Utilizing a holistic and total systems approach, ing practice that deliver numerous environmental and economic benefits integrated design incorporates sustainability from the outset and connects et and connects to the community, tenants, and building owner. Earth Pledge will discuss the design to regional and site-specific conditions. The benefits of an inte- efits of t its Viridian program, providing integrated design, material sourcing, smart grated design process include substantially lower development costs and ment costs n tools, and financial services for green roof projects, and how it is accelerat- greater health, economic, and environmental benefits for residents, property esidents, i ing the implementation of green roofs on affordable housing developments owners, and communities. and community buildings. Minnehaha Avenue Apartments, Minneapolis Viking Terrace, Worthington Clover Field Marketplace, Chaska New San Marco, Duluth The Wellstone, Minneapolis Wednesday Plenary Sessions Track One Track Two A collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise 7:30 to 8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 3:30 to 5 p.m. Day One Schedule Morning Breakout Sessions 8 to 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Toward Net Zero Energy in Affordable Housing Plenary Sessions 8:30 to 10 a.m. 8:30 to 10 a.m. EEBA “Houses that Work” Discovering the Synergy of a Green Team: Kim Bretheim, LHB Registration and Continental Breakfast Part 1 The Integrated Design Process Rick Carter, LHB Welcome and Opening Remarks 10 to 10:30 a.m. Break / Exhibit Tables Architects Kim Bretheim and Rick Carter will present energy consumption Dana Bourland, Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners and cost data, examples of energy-neutral buildings, and strategies for 10:30 a.m. to Noon EEBA “Houses that Work” Toward Net Zero Energy Affordable Conservation Tom Fulton, President, Family Housing Fund achieving net zero energy in affordable housing developments. Learn how Part 2 in Affordable Housing Land Use and Design— Warren Hanson, President and CEO, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund From Ordinance to Results renewable energy and green power can be incorporated into your next Keynote Luncheon Address project. Participants will leave with an understanding of net zero energy Noon Keynote Luncheon Address: Xavier Bonnefoy Creating Healthy, Active, Livable Housing and Communities buildings and the feasibility of their application in affordable housing. Xavier Bonnefoy, Head of Environment and Health Consulting, Paris, France 1:30 to 3 p.m. EEBA “Houses that Work” Manage Green: Greening Minnesota through Affordable Conservation Land Use and Design— Former Regional Advisor on Housing and Health, World Health Organization CHOOSE ONE OF TWO SESSIONS Part 3 A Guide to Green Green Roofs and Research Property Management From Ordinance to Results With 16 years experience at the World Health Organization, Mr. Bonnefoy Dr. Kim Alan Chapman, Applied Ecological Services 3 to 3:30 p.m. Break / Exhibit Tables delivers an engaging speech on the powerful connections between housing 5 to 6:30 p.m. For almost 20 years, Applied Ecological Services (AES) has brought the and public health. Bonnefoy, backed by a body of evidence, will discuss the 3:30 to 5 p.m. EEBA “Houses that Work” Global Warming: Minnesotans Respond to a Growing many health aspects of green design and building, including connecting the science of ecology to land use decisions, with ecologists working hand- Part 4 Energy Crisis in-hand with engineers, architects, planners, and other professionals to dots between urban sprawl and public health, the importance of building healthy communities, and the health consequences of global climate change. deliver solutions to land use challenges. Chapman will discuss the first 5 to 6:30 p.m. Green Happy Hour (optional) Conservation Development design approved under a 2006 St. Croix County Continuing Education Credits are available on May 16 for EBBA “Houses that Work” Track One (Building Green) (WI) conser-vation subdivision ordinance. (St. Croix County is in the Twin • Eight hours of AIBD accreditation Thursday, May 17 EEBA “Houses that Work: The House-as-a-System Approach” Cities metro-politan statistical area.) The ordinance challenged the develop- • Eight hours of NAHB Master Builder accreditation Mark LaLiberte, Building Knowledge er and AES to transform an agricultural site into a mid-market residential • Five hours of RESNET accreditation development which harmonizes with the land, protects and enhances • Eight hours of AIA/CEU accreditation 7:30 a.m. This full day course features Mark LaLiberte from Building Knowledge, back by popular demand from our 2006 conference. Based on U.S. habitats and a trout stream, and establishes a unique identity for residents Note: Minnesota Green Communities is applying for CEUs for several additional conference sessions. 8:15 a.m. in close prox-imity to the natural world. Updated information will be available on-line in early May. Department of Energy Building America Program research, EEBA’s nationally Noon acclaimed Houses That Work™ course helps affordable housing developers, Afternoon Breakout Sessions Thursday Plenary Sessions Track One Track Two builders, contractors, and architects improve the performance, efficiency, Manage Green: A Guide to Green Property Management and durability of the homes they build. The workshop also provides strategies 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast Kim Carlson, EarthSmart LLC to reduce costly callbacks, warranty, and liability issues. Topics include: 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks As founder of Cities Management, the largest residential property Part 1 Building Science Principles 10:30 a.m. to Noon management firm in the upper Midwest, Kim talks about how and why 8:30 to 10 a.m. Healthy Homes, Breaking New Ground: Greening Single Family Homes: Part 2 Addressing Ventilation and Water Management she has created an award winning environmental management program Healthy Families The Minnesota Overlay Unique Challenges and Part 3 Effective Insulation /Air Sealing: Roof, Walls, Windows, and Foundation Part 1 to the Green Communities Opportunities for property managers. Participants learn about the green market in Criteria Part 4 Better Mechanical Systems, Advanced Framing, and Marketing general and more specifically the green building market, including why CHOOSE ONE OF TWO SESSIONS 8:30 to 5 p.m. it is important to consider implementing green building management 10 to 10:30 a.m. Break / Exhibit Tables Track Two (Policy and Technical Sessions) principles. The workshop is designed to give information on the areas Morning Session 10:30 a.m. to noon Healthy Homes, Energy Efficiency: The Building Science + Systems of building management that can be greened and practical steps that Healthy Families Greenest Energy Source Approach = Performance Discovering the Synergy of a Green Team: The Integrated Design Process Part 2 building managers and owners can take to implement a green program. for Multifamily Buildings Josh Arnold, Focus on Energy/Franklin Energy Services Jeffrey Schoeneck, UrbanWorks Architecture Greening Minnesota through Green Roofs and Research Noon Keynote Luncheon Address: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Leslie Hoffman, Earth Pledge F U L L D AY C O U R S E The integrated design process is the first and most critical piece in the devel- 1:30 to 3 p.m. Healthy Homes, Alternative Stormwater Clearing the Hurdles to Finding Earth Pledge’s current work is focusing on bringing the benefits of green opment of green affordable housing. Through the lens of a local case study, Healthy Families Management for Form Green Building Products Part 3 & Function this session will identify key steps taken and examples of trade-offs when roofs to the communities of Minnesota. Green roofs are a sustainable going through this process. Utilizing a holistic and total systems approach, building practice that deliver numerous environmental and economic 3 to 3:30 p.m. Break / Exhibit Tables benefits to the community, tenants, and building owner. Earth Pledge will integrated design incorporates sustainability from the outset and connects the 3:30 to 5 p.m. Healthy Homes, Local Leadership: Green Cities and Towns design to regional and site-specific conditions. The benefits of an integrated discuss its Viridian program, providing integrated design, material sourc- Healthy Families design process include substantially lower development costs and greater ing, smart tools, and financial services for green roof projects, and how it Part 4 is accelerating the implementation of green roofs on affordable housing health, economic, and environmental benefits for residents, property owners, and communities. developments and community buildings. Register online at: www.greencommunitiesonline.org /minnesota. For more information, please contact Janne Flisrand at 651-221-1997, ext. 119 or janne@mngreencommunities.org.
  • Minnesotans for Impartial Courts Organization Brand: Marketing Kit and Website M I N N E S OTA N S F O R I M PA RT I A L C O U RT S Partisan political battles are waged for power, Protect Fair and Impartial Justice A Summary of Our Proposal for Judicial Selection and Retention not justice. • In 2000, only four of the 18 states with contested Impartial judges insure justice for all. “ Independence and impartiality are Supreme Court elections saw television advertising used for those elections. By 2006, 10 of the 11 states with under attack from those who would contested elections experienced paid advertisements, substitute their personal, partisan, with an average of $1.6 million spent in each state. economic or social agendas for the • Judicial candidates in these states have branched beyond rule of law.” advertising on qualifications or temperament. Sixty percent of negative ads in 2006 were paid for by candi- Justice Alan Page, Supreme Court of Minnesota date committees. Television advertising is not the only sign of changing judicial campaigns nationally. Special interest groups, in addition to spending an average of a half million dollars in each state in 2006, increased their Impartial Courts Minnesota’s judicial elections are changing use of candidate questionnaires to get judicial candidates to take positions on political issues and future cases. Minnesotans hold our courts in high regard. And we Protecting Justice for Our Citizens should. We demand that our judges be impartial and follow the law. Rules of professional conduct traditionally It’s happening next door helped ensure the impartiality and high ethical standard In Wisconsin in 2007, an estimated $6 million was of Minnesota judges. spent in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, which was described as “the nastiest and bleakest” by d ib d “th ti t d blea Partisan political battles Until 2005, it was considered unethical for judges in i idered the Associated Press. are waged for power, Minnesota to seek campaign endorsements from political p paign (Pioneer Press, April 4, 2007) not justice. l i h i parties and special interest groups or to proclaim their personal positions on controversial issues in order to Impartial judges insure justice for all. win their elections. However, the U. S. Supreme Court concluded in the White decision that Minnesota’s system “ Motivated interest groups are pouring of competitive judicial elections cannot limit campaign money into judicial elections in record speech. As a result, the door is now open for Minnesota judicial candidates to make promises to and solicit amounts. Whether or not they succeed campaign contributions from special interest groups. in their attempts to sway the voters, these Governor Al Quie, Chairman of the Board efforts threaten the integrity of judicial 952.935.3804 • alquie@usfamily.net The national trend is more money and more negative campaigning selection and compromise public percep- P.O. Box 582635 • Minneapolis, MN 55458-2635 tion of judicial decisions…As interest- Some believe Minnesota’s judicial elections are not at risk. But after a review of what is happening, it is clear that big- group spending rises, public confidence money judcial campaigns are coming to Minnesota: in the judiciary declines.” • During the past four elections, judicial candidates in Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice for Sale: How contested races have spent over $155 million on their Special-Interest Money Threatens the Integrity of Our Courts, campaigns—and millions more have been spent by Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2007 special interest groups and political parties.
  • Minnesotans for Impartial Courts Organization Brand: Marketing Kit and Website
  • Friends of the Mississippi River Capital Campaign Brochure for the Minnesotans have a root connection with America’s great river. We still can decide what becomes of the river. It may trace back to a family excursion, a Mark Twain tale, a Fort Snelling field trip or simply to a child’s learning Friends of the Mississippi River and citizens like you are taking a stand for our lands and waters. We’re coming to spell her first big word—Mississippi. together to raise $3.6 million to protect our river and restore more of the watershed that determines its well- being. What we will do here, right now, flows downstream —and into the future. But later, that fabled name may recede to a dividing line on the map, its natural wonders no more than a slash of color glimpsed over the rail of a busy bridge. As our cities once did, we turn our backs to the river. Please join us as stewards in the Mississippi Riverlands Legacy Campaign. Over time, the Upper Mississippi has lost more than our attention. Its waters —the major source of drinking water for millions in the metro area and the migration path for 40 percent of the nation’s waterfowl—are greatly impaired. Wildlife habitat retreats as new human habitat, attracted by scenic views and open land, carves it up, paves it over or loves it to death. Once disturbed, the remaining biodiversity cedes ground to invasive exotics, while the toxic seepage of “progress” leaves its residue up and down the river. Our river deserves better. Stewart Crosby and Peter Gove, Co-Chairs, The Mississippi is not just the Twin Cities’ catch basin as it winds from Anoka to Hastings. For stretches it’s a Mississippi Riverlands Legacy Campaign river wild and nearly pristine, nurturing beaver, blue racers and bald eagles. You can stand amid serene woods and dramatic bluffs scarcely different from the overlooks that took away the breath of the first settlers. Or paddle past cliffs worthy of the Boundary Waters — but still within reach of a short drive, a bus route, a leisurely pedal, a stroll. Beneath this beauty, the land is at work for us, holding back erosion, cleansing water and feeding songbirds.
  • Friends of the Mississippi River Capital Campaign Brochure [ 10 ] [ 11 ] A catalyst for cooperation , and the home my mother built is on a gorgeous spot to observe the The Mississippi Riverlands Legacy Fund will be a catalyst that enhances all FMR’s contributions migration of birds. Still, she loved to drive down here to the lock and dam and watch the birds, the clouds and the to land protection in the metro region and stimulates new thinking about how communities can barges from the river level. We’d even come and sit in the rain—it doesn’t matter what season, Hastings is blessed. work together to improve the ecological value of the landscape they share. Hastings needs to grow to keep the city viable, but there has to be a balance between development and conservation. We need to be socially responsible about how we preserve desirable land. Someday, we’ll be gone, but the land and the river will still be here. If a tree falls, you can plant another one, but you can’t plant another river. This is the only one we get. Protecting the river may not all happen today with every property owner. But it starts with the conversation you can have, without a legal entity coming in and saying “this is how we’re going to do it.” The Friends have been Strategic Funding Real Estate Expertise a wonderful conduit among landowners and cities, creating a non-confrontational setting to start that conversation. Expanding protected lands Reducing uncertainty for owners Supplementing public dollars Relieving agency backlogs Stimulating private giving Protecting land sooner Land Acquisition and Protection Land Management Public Engagement Restoring land sooner Raising awareness & ownership Saving endangered habitat Mobilizing volunteer efforts Establishing critical connections Increasing support for investment The Stand for the Riverland Hastings community leader Sharon Avent, Presdent and CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company, owns farmland and a home just upriver from Hastings River Flats Park. FMR is honored that she became an early investor in the Mississippi Riverlands Legacy Campaign and is grateful for her continued leadership role in protecting and restoring land and water quality in her community. [2] [3] After petroleum storage tanks were removed from the park site next to Lock and Dam No. 2, FMR helped the city realize its vision for Hastings River Flats Park by studying the natural areas, developing recommendations and then coordinating and managing its restoration. MISSISSIPPI RIVER GREENWAY Protecting Protecting our natural legacy Protecting our natural legacy natural legacy As populations continue to grow and developed areas expand in the southeast metro, the Mississippi River Greenway Plan provides cities, townships and other local government units with guidance in protecting important natural areas. Fri n s f the Mississippi River (FMR) has focuse on Friends of th Mississippi River ( MR) h s focused on riends i he Mississippi h Missi sipp iver (FMR) ss ssiss pp p r MR focuse focuse focused ocu ed c Greenways provide essential pathways for migratory birds, native wildlife and plants, and often provide recreational protecting five critical areas in Dakota and Washington protecting protect g critical pro ct ng e criti l areas in Dakota a d Washing on ro ting otec ote otect crit cri i a critic are ri r Dakota an Washingt ot ota Washington Was ngton Was ngto g and scenic amenities as well. Joe Beattie Biology Teacher, Hastings High School countie countie countie counties where beautiful and ecologically significant counties ere beau ful a d ecologically significant o ntie ounties oun i e beaut l bea beau beauti ea eaut eauti au ecolo cally ecol ica ly gnifican ecologicall ignifican colog call o fic fic The plan identifies a portion of the Mississippi River Greenway in southern Washington County and eastern Dakota “ As I worked as an FMR volunteer restoring natural areas in Hastings, it opened up County—which encompasses bays, backwaters, bluffs, floodplain islands and forested areas—as high quality wildlife lands can still be preserved, conn cte a d maintained ands can still e preserved, connected and maintained ndsd il p served connected an erved, erved onne e erve onn ted rved ved n intained ained ined ned habitat worthy of open space preservation. Other areas need to be restored as well as protected. the idea: Maybe I could do this with my class. Now it’s part and parcel of what we in n tural sta e. in a natural state. natural tate ral tate. al ate do, helping students understand how unique and special these places are —and FMR will lead efforts with local, state and national government partners to acquire critical parcels and preserve their what work still needs to be done.” scenic and ecological character, and will help landowners permanently protect and restore key areas to ensure the connectivity of the greenway and enhance its natural and recreational features. ST. CROIX BLUFFS The St. Croix River valley contains significant natural areas and a near- pristine environment. It still has a few large tracts of forested blufflands that are vital to the metro area’s natural corridor system and to the continued health of the St. Croix and the Mississippi. But these scenic and beautiful bluffs are prime targets for development, and water quality is increasingly impaired by high levels of nutrients. In partnership with the Washington County Land and Water Legacy Program, FMR is working with Minnesota landowners near the con- fluence with the Mississippi to permanently protect the land and ensure its continued ability to function as a vital ecological resource. PINE BEND BLUFFS The Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area contains some of the largest and highest quality natural communities remaining along the river in the Twin Cities. Deep wooded ravines, forested blufflands, dry bluff prairies, and black ash swamps provide important habitat for several rare species and for millions of migratory birds. Protecting this high-priority area will link new tracts of land within the Pine Bend Bluff Scientific & Natural Area and create a vital greenway corridor for wildlife and low-impact recreation. VERMILLION RIVER The Vermillion River—the last remaining urban trophy trout stream in the United States—meanders through former prairie recharging the groundwater aquifers that supply the drinking water for the Hastings area. Then it abruptly drops over a magnificent 75-foot waterfall before traveling through a deep gorge and winding its way onto the vast Mississippi River floodplain. Before joining the Mississippi, the Vermillion “bottoms” hug the Minnesota bluffs through 20 miles of sloughs, wetlands, lakes and forests that contain habitat for several rare bird species and abundant wildlife. The Vermillion River area encompasses the largest and most complex parts of Dakota County’s visionary Farmland and Natural Area Program. FMR will help HASTINGS SAND COULEE PRAIRIE protect, restore and manage critical parcels for habitat, public open space and The Hastings Sand Coulee is an extremely rare and fragile dry sand gravel key watershed buffer lands needed to filter out pollutants before they enter prairie, home to thirteen rare plant and animal species. It is the largest re- the river and endanger wildlife and public health. maining native prairie in Dakota County, which once was half prairie lands. FMR has been working for several years with public and private landowners to manage and protect this natural area, leading to the formation of the Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area in 2007. We will work with other landowners who have expressed interest in restoring and protecting additional acres of this rare and beautiful prairie.
  • Family Housing Fund 2008 Annual Report 2007/08 Calendar The Family Housing Fund So I always knew these rooms would be here, these small closets, the close nooks and corners. So I knew I would open this door and breathe deeply in and see the floor plan of the future — down the hall to the right or to the left. So I knew I would be within these shingles and studs, looking out this clear glass into the yard, to the sky which goes on being blue and bright. The trees are just leafing out. I knew it would be this way. Home Family Housing Fund Annual Report 2006 06 6 this poem evokes many of the intimate and peaceful emotions more workforce rental housing, and bring stability to families associated with the word “home.” It speaks of strength, stability, and neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area. And an and comfort. It alludes to a neighborhood with trees, gardens, unprecedented amount of coordination is occurring across local, and wishes fulfilled —“I knew it would be this way.” county, and state levels, with architects, city planners, housing Contents developers, and others coming together to design and build But for too many families and individuals in our community, healthy, sustainable housing and green spaces across Minnesota. Home 1 home is not so certain a thing. The Twin Cities, like metro- politan areas nationwide, face an epidemic of foreclosures, with Since 1980, the Family Housing Fund, together with our many Programs and Accomplishments 2– 6 thousands of people each year losing their houses—and often outstanding partners, has been working to ensure that as many their dreams. Instead of home being a peaceful refuge, home families as possible have safe, stable, and affordable places to call Acknowledgments 7– 8 becomes a burden, as mortgage payments double and foreclosure home. During its 27- year history, the Fund has helped produce Support for Other Organizations 9 or eviction notices pile up at the front door. Neighborhoods or preserve more than 31,000 affordable houses throughout the become blighted with boarded-up houses, for-sale signs, and metropolitan area, providing a foundation for people to thrive 2007/08 Calendar 10 – 36 feelings of anxiety and insecurity. and grow at home, at work, at school, and at play. Financial Statements 37 At the same time, thousands of Minnesotans are homeless on any Our hope is that this annual report — presented once again in I ’m six I ’m sixteen given night. Home for them is only a small cot in a crowded calendar form with the powerful words and images of the Fund’s Board of Directors and and I dream I’m a princess and I wish our house was pretty shelter, a sofa in someone else’s living room, or a pile of news- “Home Sweet Home Again” poets and artists—will help celebrate, Family Housing Fund Staff 38 in a castle so I could have friends over papers under a bridge. Home for the homeless becomes an challenge, and inspire our endeavors and those of our colleagues, with a tower to look down from and wave at all the people like the other kids, where we could laugh What I dream of now elusive—and often unobtainable— goal. And even with a home, partners, and the broader community throughout the year. “Home Sweet Home Again” Artists and Poets 38 and smile at the handsome young prince who loves me. and dance and play our music and neighbors is a sturdy house, a roof that doesn’t leak, many others live in substandard structures that pose health and The Family Housing Fund would like to give special thanks wouldn’t yell and fight every night. windows overlooking a clean street, safety risks to them and their children. to The McKnight Foundation, whose leadership and vision I ’m twelve a place I can fix up as I like, a little yard Fortunately, organizations and individuals in our community are continue to guide and motivate our work, and to our many and I really want I ’m twenty-five with flowers where my daughter fighting back to keep homes safe, healthy, and peaceful places for private and public partners, who are working with us to open new some private space and my dreams are grown-up now. can play princess and her friends like to come. everyone. Both the private and public sectors are also joining doors and create a positive “floor plan of the future” for all with a door I can close and a desk to keep I want to feel safe forces to tackle the foreclosure crisis, end homelessness, provide families in our state. my secret thoughts, things for school, and not worry that my baby and the watercolor set from grandma. will eat the peeling paint Left: Tim Nolan’s poem “Home” | Right: Rod Massey | West 57th Street, Minneapolis, Summer (detail) | 1998, oil on canvas | Cover: Linda Frichtel | Living in Community (detail) | 2007, acrylic on board or I’ll trip on rotting stairs. 1 Susanne Crane | Sanctuary | 2002 Reproduced as a digital print in Barbara Buhn Friberg’s Susie and Tia December Claire S. Aronson’s poem “Dreaming” 2006 Programs and Accomplishments 2006 Programs and Accomplishments S U N D AY M O N D AY T U E S D AY W E D N E S D AY T H U R S D AY F R I D AY S AT U R D AY Since 1980, Fund investments of $168 million have helped finance more than 31,000 27 28 29 30 1 NOVEMBER 2007 JANUARY 2008 units of affordable housing and leveraged an additional $2.5 billion from government S M T W T F S S M T W T F S sources, private lenders, investors, and other contributors. Last year alone, the Family 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 Housing Fund gave nearly $7 million of financial assistance to nonprofit organizations, 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 government agencies, and private developers to assist in the production or preservation 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 of more than 600 affordable housing units in the Twin Cities and to offer homeowner- 25 26 27 28 29 30 27 28 29 30 31 ship counseling and foreclosure prevention to those who needed it. The Fund also World AIDS Day provided critical support to 21 local nonprofit and advocacy organizations whose work Our mission is to provide safe, affordable, sustainable homes to families and children in the Twin Cities metropolitan area through ongoing partnerships with the public and complements and supports the Fund’s mission. While our accomplishments are often determined by the number of housing units created 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 private sector. or preserved, we know the real measure—and success—of our endeavors come from the individuals, families, and children who call these units home. And their stories—from children who rejoice in having rooms of their own for the first time, parents who are Pearl Harbor About the Fund Hanukkah begins Remembrance Day better able to succeed at work or attend college, and neighborhoods that gain renewed 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 In 2006, the Family Housing Fund conducted a strategic planning process to better hope from revitalized houses and better green spaces—are the ones we most relish and define its vision and goals. As part of that endeavor, it rewrote its stated mission to more celebrate. At the same time, the hundreds of families who remain homeless, live in sub- accurately embody the full range of its work. The Fund’s initial purpose to provide standard buildings, or face eviction because their housing expenses have become too affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families in the Twin Cities remains the costly motivate us to do even more. same. But its current mission statement also reflects its expanded role as a convener and In 2006, as part of our strategic planning process, we reorganized our efforts into four facilitator in the community and its strong belief in creating housing that protects both main initiatives. With innovative change at the core of each, these program areas include: Human Rights Day the health of the area’s residents and the overall vitality of the region. Linking Workforce Housing and Regional Growth; Promoting Successful Established in 1980, the Fund supports the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Metropolitan Council, and Minnesota Housing in their efforts to meet the region’s Homeownership; Ending Homelessness; and Reimagining Affordable Housing. Accomplishments from the past year in each of these areas follow on the next four pages. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 affordable housing needs. Originally created by The McKnight Foundation and the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Fund officially extended its service area ten years ago to include the entire Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area. First Day of Winter As a housing intermediary, the Fund brings together people, money, and expertise to 23 24 27 support the delivery of affordable housing. As a funder, the Fund raises money from 25 26 28 29 Full Moon foundations and corporations and uses those funds to make grants and loans toward the creation and preservation of safe housing. As a convener and facilitator, the Fund brings together individuals and organizations from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to develop ways to meet the growing demand for sustainable housing. And as an educator, the Fund provides information to community leaders and the general public about affordable housing needs and opportunities. 30 New Year’s Eve 31 Christmas Day Boxing Day Kwanzaa begins Since 1980, Family Housing Fund investments of $168.2 million have helped finance 31,154 units of affordable housing and leveraged an additional $2.5 billion from government agencies, private lenders, investors, and other contributors. Visit www.fhfund.org to learn more about affordable housing and the Fund’s programs and initiatives, Left: Scott Streble | Untitled (detail) | 2004, gelatin silver print | Right: Sandra Menefee Taylor | Untitled | 2000, gauze and mixed media FA M I LY H O U S I N G F U N D A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 06 2 order and download fact sheets and reports, and link to other local and national organizations.
  • Family Housing Fund 25th Year Strategic Plan Vision for the Future Gustavo Lira | Untitled (detail) | 2004, glass and mixed media Family Housing Fund Strategic Plan 2007–2010 I lie awake long after my family has gone to sleep I feel safe I stare at the lamp outside my window, strangely blurred from the fog and the ripping wind Rain is fogging my window I feel safe…. I lay awake long after my family has fallen asleep I feel safe at home I feel safe Vision for the Future Gemma Kirby, age 10, affordable housing resident Excerpt from “Safe” 16 The Family Housing Fund will join with dedicated people and organizations in authentic partner- 17 ships to work toward achieving the results listed below by the year 2010. While some of these goals may be difficult to obtain, we hope to set the bar high to make the most progress possible. The Fund and its partners will help ensure that: The supply of affordable housing throughout the metropolitan area is growing as fast as the need. There is a substantial increase in the percentage of low-income families of color who have access to housing throughout the region, including 40,000 new homeowners of color. All new affordable housing meets the Green Communities Criteria for green building practices. The state of Minnesota is a recognized leader in innovative housing design that sets new standards in beauty and utility. Twin Cities low-income individuals and families who experience housing emergencies will have a continuum of housing options. Children who have suffered homelessness or other hardships have access to trauma-focused care that builds resiliency and healthy development. Art in many forms inspires all aspects of our work, and we use it as a vehicle to communicate more meaningfully to a wider audience. There is a substantial increase of people of color at all levels of the housing and community development industry. Neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area achieve their potential as safe, vibrant, and inspirational places to live. History: 1980 to 2006 History: 1980 to 2006 “Achieving a winning season and promoting For more than a quarter of a century, the Family Housing Fund has been creating affordable would manage this unique public-private partnership and provided $17 and systems change and to help preserve and produce more than societal change are both long-term undertakings. housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the Twin Cities. million in start-up funds. Through this initial vision, the Family Housing 30,000 affordable housing units for lower-income families. They involve process as much as outcome, While the Fund values all of its accomplishments and the many partnerships created, a few of Fund became a catalyst for innovation in the affordable housing field. The Fund has traditionally divided its work into four areas: home- and we need to appreciate the small successes the more significant moments in its history appear on the following pages. For the past 26 years, the Fund has worked closely with the two cities, ownership, rental housing, supportive housing, and research and public along the way. Both require tremendous In 1980, The McKnight Foundation approached the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul McKnight, and a growing number of other agencies and community education. With this strategic plan, we have redefined our programs patience—a willingness to accept that the fruits and offered to work with the two cities to provide affordable housing for lower-income families. partners to create a sustainable system for meeting affordable housing to better reflect our current work, including linking workforce housing of one’s labor may not be fully realized for This effort was initiated by McKnight’s passion for the well-being of disadvantaged families and needs. The Fund has raised more than $160 million from McKnight, and regional growth, ending homelessness, promoting successful home- years. And both require unrelenting hope.” 8 a growing concern that many families were finding it increasingly difficult to secure a decent, dozens of other private foundations and corporations, and numerous ownership, and reimagining affordable housing. Innovative change is 9 Erika L. Binger safe, and affordable home. McKnight and the cities created the Fund to be the intermediary that public sources. The Fund has used this money to leverage major policy at the center of all four program areas. Board Chair, The McKnight Foundation Excerpt from McKnight’s 2004 Annual Report 1980 1981 1983 1985 1986 1987 1990 The Family Housing Minneapolis and Saint The McKnight Foundation The Fund’s Board approves its first The Fund’s Board approves Phase I of the Home The Family Housing Fund The Board votes to extend its For the first time ever, the two city The Board votes to invite the The Fund Board approves a loan The Fund receives its first major grant Fund is incorporated. Paul approve resolutions awards its first contribution deferred loan to support 18th and Ownership program, which features a $120 Board votes to establish activities to include supportive councils for Minneapolis and Saint Local Initiatives Support to Parkside Townhomes in Burnsville. from a source other than The McKnight adopting an initial plan to the Fund—$17 million. Clinton, an affordable rental housing million joint revenue bond sale and the provision the Twin Cities Housing housing for the homeless and Paul meet jointly. This event results Corporation (LISC) to establish a This marks the Fund’s first loan to Foundation—a $550,000 grant from and pledging cooperation. development for low-income families. of assistance for lower-income families in the Development Corporation adopts the More Than Shelter in an award of $11.9 million of Twin Cities program and provides a project outside of Minneapolis or the St. Paul Companies to support the form of mortgage loans. (TCHDC). plan, based on a continuum restructured bond proceeds to the an initial $325,000 grant. Saint Paul. development of affordable housing. of care. Family Housing Fund.
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