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HPP issues background paper on housing strategies for Central Corridor
03.05.2010 - HPP

Between late 2008 and early 2010, HPP (partnering with Twin Cities LISC and Community Stabilization Project) led a community planning process focused on affordable housing strategies along the new Central Corridor light rail line.  The resulting working group, the Central Corridor Affordable Housing Partnership (CCAHP), is trying to identify strategies to achieve two goals: ensuring that an appropriate share of new housing units built along the corridor will be affordable, and minimizing involuntary displacement due to anticipated gentrification once the new line is completed.  HPP has now issued a background paper encompassing its research and CCAHP work group discussion on a list of strategies to achieve these goals .  During Spring 2010, CCAHP members intend to adopt a series of recommendations based on this background research work.

Among HPP’s conclusions—different strategies will be needed at different times during the evolution of the light rail line.  At this point, with a down economy and during the multi-year construction phase, the most important strategies are acquisition of land for future affordable housing development, and identifying opportunities to capitalize on the foreclosure crisis, by placing more properties into the hands of nonprofit groups committed to long term affordability.  Once recommendations are identified, it will be important for advocates and community groups to push various agencies to implement these strategies, and to continue to monitor planning efforts—like zoning changes along the Corridor.

HPP and its community partners have learned a great deal about the interaction of housing and transit issues in the Central Corridor work.  We think many of the lessons learned can be transferred to the newly emerging transit corridors that are following on the heels of Central Corridor.  Next up—the Southwest light rail line.  This is key for groups concerned about transit and job access for low income households, as the SW LRT line will connect North Minneapolis to the jobs rich southwest suburbs.