The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis has announced second-quarter grants totaling $16.1 million.
The second-quarter total include $1.1 million awarded through the foundation's Region & Communities program to address housing needs in the Twin Cities and support strategies and systems designed to accelerate the production, preservation, and permanency of affordable housing in the region. Grant recipients include the Family Housing Fund, which was awarded $675,000 over eighteen months to support efforts by the local affordable housing sector to adapt quickly to complex needs; HOME Line, which will receive $200,000 over two years in support of its free and low-cost legal, organizing, educational, and advocacy services; and the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, which will receive $200,000 over two years to help manufactured home park residents purchase their homes and the land on which their homes sit.
"Now is a unique time to convert public awareness into actions that will create more stable and decent housing in order for the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region to grow," said McKnight Foundation board chair Debby Landesman. "Organizations like these are doing that by mobilizing constituents as diverse as renters, landlords, business leaders, and state and local officials."