Alliance Housing Stories


Posted on: March 22nd, 2022
Building on Alliance’s success at Minnehaha Commons – housing older adults who had been homeless – we knew we had to do more to reduce the homeless adult population. We began talking with Touchstone Mental Health two years ago to conceptualize a similar project for younger adults. At […]... Read More ›


Posted on: March 22nd, 2022
The affordable housing crisis has been atop many legislative and policy efforts over the last few years. The data is clear: the the gap between rents and income continues to widen and more families find themselves with unstable housing, or unhoused, or stressed by paying too much of […]... Read More ›


Posted on: March 22nd, 2022
Jessie Hendel’s first day as the Executive Director for Alliance Housing Inc. was March 8. Our board of directors began this search process last summer after Barb Jeanetta announced her retirement plans. With plenty of time to plan, the board cast a wide net. For nearly a year, […]... Read More ›


Posted on: March 22nd, 2022
Every now and then, we take a look at why people move out of our apartments. Recently, in analyzing vacancies in our scattered-site apartments, we discovered that more than ½ of our tenants moved because they found “equal or better” housing elsewhere. At Alliance, we count it as […]... Read More ›

Rooming Houses Regain Legitimacy Through City and County Policy ›

Posted on: November 11th, 2021
Alliance Housing’s policy advocacy work had some successes this past year.  In some ways, the pandemic has provided more access to elected officials by video chat and more focus on tenant protections.  Minneapolis Councilmember Cam Gordon saw the value of single room occupancy (SRO or to us sleeping […]... Read More ›

New Members of the Team Ready for the Future ›

Posted on: November 11th, 2021
The more things change, the more they stay the same and build for the future.  We’ve mentioned pending staff transitions over the past year.  Bob Bono, 20+ year property manager, has reduced his time to 3 days per week and will fully retire in the next 6-8 months.  […]... Read More ›

New properties, new tenants, same mission . . . ›

Posted on: November 11th, 2021
A million dollar gift from an anonymous donor made Alliance’s dream come true to make more affordable rental housing available by increasing its scattered site housing portfolio.  The donor was introduced by a volunteer/donor/colleague and immediately liked Alliance’s management style and ability to finance its properties in a […]... Read More ›

Alliance Housing’s 30th Year Anniversary Celebration ›

Posted on: October 11th, 2021
Alliance Housing’s board of directors hosted an evening event and fundraiser on September 30th to celebrate the organization’s 30 years of mission focused work.  Friends, family and colleagues seemed pleased to celebrate the legacy of Alliance and its promising future as well as enjoy each other’s company.  Most […]... Read More ›

Alliance Housing Prepared for Leadership Transition ›

Posted on: September 17th, 2021
Barbara Jeanetta, Executive Director of Alliance Housing – a nonprofit developer and owner of inclusive, affordable, relational, and flexible housing – announced recently she will retire from her position in the spring of 2022. During her tenure, Jeanetta strengthened and deepened the housing and advocacy mission of the […]... Read More ›

Please join us! ›

Posted on: September 13th, 2021
Alliance Housing is celebrating its 30th anniversary year.  Please join us the evening of September 30, 2021 to help celebrate. We’re planning an “in person” our 30th anniversary reception on Sept. 30th from 5-7pm.  We’ll host an evening reception in lieu of our traditional early morning breakfast at […]... Read More ›

Other New Projects ›

Posted on: April 14th, 2021
Speaking of things that have fallen in place (but are backed by years of work), Alliance Housing was pleased to receive the final piece of funding it needed to proceed with building 3301 Nicollet – future home for 64 households of low wage workers, many who need a […]... Read More ›

Rothstein Event – April 21st on Zoom ›

Posted on: April 14th, 2021
Alliance Housing, Inc., Plymouth Congregational Church, the Hennepin History Museum and Align Minneapolis have rescheduled an evening with Richard Rothstein that was cancelled due to the pandemic in early 2020.  Rothstein and the event will be live on video chat on April 21st at 7pm.  He will discuss […]... Read More ›

Please plan to join us: 30th Anniversary reception ›

Posted on: April 14th, 2021
Please save the evening of Thursday, September 30th on your calendars.  Assuming we’re past pandemic restrictions, we’d like you to help us celebrate “in person” our 30th anniversary.  We’ll host an evening reception in lieu of our traditional early morning breakfast at the Town and Country Club.  Besides […]... Read More ›

Sometimes things just fall in place. . . ›

Posted on: April 14th, 2021
Here at Alliance Housing, we’ve been advocating and agitating for many years for our belief that rooming houses and sleeping rooms can be part of the solution to the problem of homelessness.  In this past year our efforts have begun to bear fruit. We were able to expand […]... Read More ›

Rothstein on “The Color of Law” ›

Posted on: March 19th, 2021
In this online event for Twin Cities residents, Richard Rothstein will discuss his critically acclaimed book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a searing account of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide. Rothstein shows that these policies created […]... Read More ›

Our Interest List Paints a Doleful Picture of the Unhoused ›

Posted on: December 31st, 2020
At Alliance Housing, we’ve always kept an ‘interest list’ of completed applications.  We can’t call it a ‘waiting list’ because vacancies are few and far between, and most people looking for housing can’t wait. With the incredibly low vacancy rate in the Twin Cities, especially for those at […]... Read More ›

Any Donation to Our Expanded Rent Forgiveness Fund Will be Matched by the FS Foundation ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2020
Since March, Alliance Housing has been able to forgive $1 for every $1 of rent paid by tenants who have lost hours or employment due to COVID or the unrest following the death of George Floyd. The idea of the fund came from Alliance’s staff, who knew that […]... Read More ›

Mosaic Memorial Postponed ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2020
At the time of publishing our Spring 2020 Newsletter, Alliance Housing was excited to initiate a community project, a mosaic memorial at Minnehaha Commons, in honor of the six people who died in the fire on the site on April 2, 2010. Unfortunately, COVID-19 interfered with our plans. […]... Read More ›

A Solar Array Offsets Costs ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2020
On July 23, 2020, a newly installed solar array began producing power at Minnehaha Commons providing free electricity for the residents there. The array, installed by Minnesota solar company, Novel Energy Solutions, is expected to produce 50,000 kWh of clean energy per year. That same amount of energy […]... Read More ›

Home Provides a Sanctuary During These Unsettled Times ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2020
Everyone has been affected by the events of this year – the pandemic, civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, economic upheaval, the list goes on. Alliance Housing serves very low-income people who have been hit even harder than many of us. Our older and disabled residents […]... Read More ›

Our rent matching forgiveness fund offers a hand up. . . ›

Posted on: November 6th, 2020
Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 19th. If you’ve already made a donation to Alliance, we are so thankful! We’re using this year’s opportunity to expand our rent match forgiveness fund. Since March, we’ve matched rent payments, $1 for $1, for 25 tenants who have lost […]... Read More ›

With much gratitude. . . ›

Posted on: October 9th, 2020
Thank you to those who joined us virtually on September 24, 2020 for the Alliance Housing Fundraising Breakfast.  We raised just under $90,000. Mark your calendars now for Alliance Housing’s 2021 30th anniversary fundraising event – September 30th. There is still time to check out the videos and make a […]... Read More ›

In this year of pandemic, we hosted our Annual Fundraising Breakfast a bit differently. . . . ›

Posted on: September 4th, 2020
There wasn’t be the lively company of our friends, colleagues and family nor pastry, coffee and fruit. . . but there was: Videos of two tenants; Robert & Lisa Video of Barb Jeanetta with an overview of Alliance & snapshot of what’s underway Video of Rose Carr from […]... Read More ›

Save the date: Alliance’s annual fundraising breakfast ›

Posted on: June 26th, 2020
As more details of the pandemic have evolved, our Board of Directors has determined that it is highly unlikely a gathering of 250 people in September is realistic.  Because the Breakfast is a key fundraising tool for Alliance, we’ve decided to adapt and host a virtual event. We […]... Read More ›

The Kenwood Residents Meet Minnehaha Commons Residents ›

Posted on: April 6th, 2020
On a recent wintry day, residents from the Kenwood Retirement Community visited Alliance’s Minnehaha Commons. The Kenwood residents brought many products of their labor – hand-knit scarves, hats, and dishcloths, and a handmade fleece pillow for each of the 44 residents. The four Kenwood visitors were part of […]... Read More ›

Mosaic Memorial Planned for Minnehaha Commons ›

Posted on: April 6th, 2020
This spring, Minnehaha Commons residents, staff, and community members will be creating a mosaic in memory of the six people who perished in a fire on the site on April 2nd, 2010. Ann Gervais, her son Andrew Gervais, his three children Colton Gervais, and twins Austin and Aliciah […]... Read More ›

Tenants Active in Homeless Day on the Hill 2020 ›

Posted on: April 6th, 2020
Alliance Housing’s policy advocacy work is primarily carried out through a variety of coalitions. Alliance is a member of The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. The organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public policy and advocacy organization that works to ensure statewide housing stability and economic security. The Coalition […]... Read More ›

Succession Planning for Alliance Property Manager ›

Posted on: April 6th, 2020
You’ve heard us talking about Bob Bono, our 20+ year property manager and “secret sauce” to our 2nd chance housing, relational property management operations. Bob is starting to think about retiring in the next 1-3 years. Alliance is implementing a succession plan for him by hiring a part-time […]... Read More ›

Working Hard to Make Ends Meet; Alliance Tenants’ Jobs are Often the Backbone to Our Economy ›

Posted on: April 6th, 2020
Alliance Housing has always focused its rental portfolio on those with the lowest income. In addition to its rooming houses which are home to many extremely low-income adults on a fixed income, family housing rent levels provide an option for low wage workers earning $10-$15/hour. These individuals are […]... Read More ›

Virus Effects on Alliance Housing ›

Posted on: March 27th, 2020
Thank you to all of you who have reached out to ask how Alliance Housing is weathering the effects of the COVID-19 virus.  The short answer is “we’re doing business nearly as normal.”  Turns out it’s pretty difficult to fix a toilet or get a furnace running while […]... Read More ›

Bridging the Gap for Low-Income Residents ›

Posted on: November 27th, 2019
Once a person moves into their Alliance home, they often don’t have some basic necessities. If they were homeless, they’ve lost or had to leave behind things like bedding and housewares. Bridging MN has started a pilot program to address the issue of smaller necessities. Mary Resemius, Housing […]... Read More ›

Home Book Launch Benefits Alliance Housing ›

Posted on: November 27th, 2019
Over 100 people packed the auditorium at Open Book on October 16th to hear a dozen authors read from Home: An Anthology, exploring the concept of what home means to each of us. Readings ranged from comic to tragic, and all were heartfelt. Executive Director Barbara Jeanetta kicked […]... Read More ›

Policy Advocacy Gets Action ›

Posted on: November 27th, 2019
Sometimes the affordable housing crisis seems so big and overwhelming, people shrink from solutions.  The tenant-landlord relationship has always been balanced in favor of the landlord and many tenants feel powerless to change it.  The need for affordable housing far outstrips public resources despite efforts of the City, […]... Read More ›

Seven Alliance Tenants Move to Bigger Digs ›

Posted on: November 27th, 2019
Most people, as they age, would appreciate a few more conveniences and comfort:  an elevator, help with chores, or maybe just peace and quiet.  Alliance Housing’s aging rooming house tenants were motivation to pursue funding to build a place where they could find these amenities.  We also learned […]... Read More ›

We’ll Miss You Audrey! ›

Posted on: September 11th, 2019
In September, our long-time Tenant Support Coordinator, Audrey Preston will be leaving, after 15 years working at Alliance. Before joining the Alliance team, Audrey worked for 16 years with homeless adult programs at St. Stephens Human Services, making her a perfect fit for the Alliance job. She came […]... Read More ›

Minnehaha Commons Update ›

Posted on: April 2nd, 2019
Despite the cold and snowy winter we are having in Minneapolis, Alliance’s newest building, Minnehaha Commons, is getting built. The site comes with a sad history. In addition to a bar on the street level, the building had six apartments upstairs which housed 12 adults and seven children. […]... Read More ›

The Benefit of Giving People a Second Chance ›

Posted on: April 2nd, 2019
Jorge has lived at Alliance Housing’s rooming house on Pillsbury for almost 3 years, since 2016. He is quiet and soft-spoken and enjoys reading spy thrillers and westerns in his free time. He has a positive and forgiving attitude, and is a valued Alliance resident. He respects his […]... Read More ›

Seeing A Need & Taking Action ›

Posted on: April 2nd, 2019
Alliance Housing volunteer and donor, Tina Johnson, understands the devastation that happens when people lose their home. At her day job, Tina works for a company that does fabric restoration. She serves people who suffered a flood or fire in their home and need their belongings to be […]... Read More ›

Local publisher to benefit Alliance Housing ›

Posted on: January 22nd, 2019
“Home” is the theme of an anthology in development by a Twin Cities author and publisher, William Burleson, with all proceeds of the book earmarked for Alliance Housing. “When planning this new project, supporting Alliance was simply a no-brainer,” says Burleson. “I think Alliance’s approach to empowering people […]... Read More ›

Construction Underway (Finally!) on Minnehaha Commons ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2018
Before any construction project breaks ground, there is a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony. Alliance Housing hosted the groundbreaking for Minnehaha Commons on September 13th. The event was well attended by board members and friends of Alliance Housing, neighbors, and members of the project development team.  Pastor Ingrid Rasmussen from […]... Read More ›

2011 Pillsbury Renovation – A Place to Gather ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2018
It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the residents at 2011 Pillsbury will have a new community room in which to gather. There will be an Open House on Friday, November 9th, to unveil the room, and to thank all the people who made the room possible, […]... Read More ›

Politics With A Small “p” ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2018
The day Mayor Frey announced $40 million in housing funding in his 2019 budget was a good day – and proof that our work in the policy and communications arena can pay off.  Alliance Housing, primarily Director Barb Jeanetta and Intern Ryan Cirillo, have been active in the […]... Read More ›

Alliance’s Housing Profile; rooms, family apartments, larger apartment buildings ›

Posted on: November 13th, 2018
41 sleeping rooms You may have heard us talk about our sleeping rooms – an endangered species in the Twin Cities housing market.  41 adult men and women call Alliance’s rooms “home.”  Rooms rent for around $350 per month – an amount affordable to someone living on a […]... Read More ›

Video Highlights Alliance Tenant ›

Posted on: November 6th, 2018
Construction on Minnehaha Commons is recently underway.  As noted before, the property will be home to 44 adults, aged 55 years or older with a history of homelessness.  Older adults are a rapidly expanding portion of the homeless singles living in shelters in the community. In 2009, 11% […]... Read More ›

Alliance Housing’s Local and Statewide Wins ›

Posted on: September 4th, 2018
In spite of the brutal heat, Alliance Housing has had an incredibly productive summer. We are elated to share the major political gains that Alliance and our fellow housing nonprofits and advocates made this season! In the past several months, we have become increasingly involved in Make Homes […]... Read More ›

Groundbreaking on Project to House 44 Elderly Adults Scheduled for September 13th ›

Posted on: June 20th, 2018
By fall of 2019, 44 adults, 55 years old or older will call Minnehaha Commons at 3001 E. Lake Street, home. All residents will be very low income; most will have experienced homelessness and may have been screened out by other landlords due to their housing, credit or […]... Read More ›

Round-up for Alliance Housing ›

Posted on: May 11th, 2018
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Knit 3 Together ›

Posted on: March 15th, 2018
If you are a knitter, it’s rare you see the direction “knit 3 together” in a pattern. It is also rare when people and purpose come together in a trio: generous knitters, Thrivent, and Alliance Housing. Last year, Alliance donor steward Mariann Bentz asked fellow knitters if they […]... Read More ›

Alliance is on board with Homes for All MN ›

Posted on: March 15th, 2018
Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives; the jobs we can access, the education our children receive and the wellbeing of our growing senior population.  One’s income and history of credit, housing and convictions effects where we live further – and for some is the reason […]... Read More ›

Will the new tax bill affect Alliance’s donors? ›

Posted on: March 15th, 2018
The answer is a solid “depends.” Some of our donors have told us that tax benefits didn’t drive their past gifts.  To others, it is important.  The tax overhaul passed at the end of 2017 changed a number of provisions that may or may not effect our donor’s […]... Read More ›