Affordable Housing Planning & Needs

Providing tools and resources for affordable housing development

What is the Council's role in affordable housing?

The Council plays several roles in housing across the Twin Cities region, including
  • reviewing the housing element of local comprehensive plans 
  • funding housing development through the Metropolitan Livable Communities Act (LCA) grant programs
  • working with local governments to define their share of the metropolitan area need for low- and moderate-income housing
  • administering the state’s largest Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program; and
  • providing technical assistance to local governments.

Housing tools and resources for communities


Housing Performance Scores

The Metropolitan Council Housing Performance Scores are calculated each year for all of the region’s cities and townships. We use Housing Performance Scores to give priority in funding to communities that are maintaining or expanding their supply of affordable housing and using fiscal, planning and regulatory tools to promote affordable and mixed-income housing.

2011-2020 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need

In January 2006, Metropolitan Council staff worked with an advisory panel to develop a process of forecasting the region’s need for housing units affordable to low- and moderate-income households over the next decade (from 2011 to 2020). These 'need' numbers were provided to local governments to aid them in fulfilling the affordable housing planning responsibilities in the Metropolitan Land Use Planning Act.

As cities and townships submitted formal changes to their comprehensive plan in the past decade, their number of 'needed' affordable units were updated to reflect any changes to their 2010 or 2020 household forecasts. However, with the adoption of the new regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, there will be no further changes to these numbers. 

2020-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need

The recently adopted amendment to the 2040 Housing Policy Plan describes how we calculate the region's 2020-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need.