Affordable Housing Planning & Needs

Determining Affordable Housing Need in the Twin Cities 2011 - 2020

Housing is considered affordable when a household spends no more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs (including a rent or mortgage payment and utilities.)

In January 2006, Metropolitan Council staff worked with an advisory panel to develop a process of forecasting the region’s affordable housing need from 2011 to 2020. The report below describes the calculations they developed, which are the basis for the need numbers provided to local governments to aid them in fulfilling the affordable housing planning responsibilities in the Land Planning Act. 

As communities submitted formal changes to their comprehensive plan in the past decade, their number of affordable units may have been updated with changes to 2010 or 2020 forecasts. However, with the adoption of the new regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040 (May 2014), no further revisions to these numbers will be made. 

The most current version of the 2011-2020 Allocation of Housing Need by City/Township as of December 2013 is now available: 

The approach for the 2021-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need for is presented in the draft Housing Policy Plan amendment, now available for public comment. 

What is the Council's role in affordable housing?

See video presentation below for Council response to Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD.