MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 25, 2013) — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on Monday applauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement to retain the Minneapolis Multifamily housing office, which provides financing, mortgage insurance and operating assistance to a variety of multi-family apartments, nursing homes and manufactured home communities.
“The announcement today guarantees Minneapolis will continue to be a national model for helping families find an affordable place to call home,” Rep. Ellison said. “The decision to keep the Minneapolis Multifamily Housing office open is a huge victory for our city and for families who need rental housing options that include nursing homes, cooperatives, apartments and affordable housing for the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families.
“The Minneapolis Multifamily Housing office is one of the top loan producers in the country, building more than 6,000 units a year and helping families around the region find appropriate rental housing. It serves the needs of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
“Excellence is being rewarded. The people who run the Minneapolis Multifamily Housing office are the best at what they do. Keeping the Multifamily Housing office ensures Minneapolis will continue to be a leader in enabling us to provide more workforce housing and still meet the needs for affordable housing for the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families. The decision to retain our high performing office will make our community more vital and equitable.”
“I’m glad that, after my urging, the Administration decided to keep the Minneapolis Multi-Family Field Office open to continue its work for the people of Minnesota,” said Sen. Franken. “The Minneapolis office ranks among the top in the nation, and it simply made no sense to move those resources farther away from the people it serves.”
“I’m grateful that Secretary Donovan has recognized the important multifamily work that HUD’s Minneapolis does, and all of Minneapolis owes Rep. Ellison a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts to ensure that this work will continue to be done here,” Mayor Rybak said. “I’d also like to thank Sen. Franken for his work on behalf of the Minneapolis office. This region deserves recognition for the exceptional results that the entire housing community here is producing in delivering affordable housing for families.”