Alliance Housing Stories

Seven men share one common story of a second chance. ›

Posted on: December 1st, 2016
By Tessa Williams. For the men living at our Fremont property, finding a safe, affordable place to live has never been easy. Seven of our residents here came to us through Better Futures (Better Futures is an immersive program that gives men who have experienced prison, poverty, homelessness […]... Read More ›

2016 Annual Report ›

Posted on: September 27th, 2016
Our annual report allows us to acknowledge all of our generous donors and reflect on our accomplishments of the past year. This year we share some important information on the success of our Northside Supportive Housing for Families program and highlight a growing need in the affordable housing […]... Read More ›

Patricia Anne Smith Neir Memorial ›

Posted on: September 1st, 2016
Longtime (& very active) Alliance Housing Board member, Fran Neir, and his wife, Patti Anne Smith Neir, made us the memorial beneficiary with Patti’s recent death.  We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love towards the Neir family and will steward the resources well helping single […]... Read More ›

A Life Ended Too Soon ›

Posted on: July 12th, 2016
Thank you to Lawrence Young, a neighbor, who shared this store about Dwayne. Thirty years of oblivion. That’s what most of us would consider the last half of the life of Dewayne Fleming, most commonly known as Brillo on the streets of Minneapolis. But after being shot and […]... Read More ›

Advocacy: Be the Change You Seek ›

Posted on: April 4th, 2016
Alliance Housing is excited to be engaged with this year’s legislative session for the first time as an active member of the Homes for All coalition as well as building our own 2016 policy agenda. At the forefront of this work, we are maintaining our people-centered approach and […]... Read More ›

Tenant Profile: LaToya ›

Posted on: April 4th, 2016
LaToya’s energetic spirit and hopeful attitude are contagious from the moment you meet her. She is a working mother who is passionate about making her neighborhood in North Minneapolis a safe and loving community for her children and neighbors. She is involved with community boards and plans to […]... Read More ›

The Next Big Endeavor ›

Posted on: April 4th, 2016
Alliance Housing prides itself on being a good landlord to people with barriers to stable housing and very low incomes. We manage and maintain our properties to be the “best on the block.” In addition, we’ve always been willing to tackle the more difficult redevelopment or construction projects […]... Read More ›

Tenant Profile: Selena ›

Posted on: December 8th, 2015
    Selena has a lot to be proud of. She works full time as a Credit Advisor at Target Corporate, making $15.50 an hour, while raising her son, Sean, who just turned two in November. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana in 2011, has […]... Read More ›

What Sets Us Apart ›

Posted on: November 12th, 2015
Alliance Housing is 25 years old.  Though many things have changed over time such as staff, leadership, office address, and numbers of properties owned. Our mission and values have remained steadfast.  We believe the totality of the following attributes are what sets us apart from most housing agencies […]... Read More ›

Meet Our Tenant: Sandra Mosley ›

Posted on: November 10th, 2015
Sandra Mosley has been with Alliance Housing since 2007. She currently lives in one of the studio apartments, having come from one of the shared duplexes. She moved to Minneapolis from her hometown of Chicago in 1998. Sandra was working at Mystic Lake seven years ago, and lost […]... Read More ›

2015 Annual Report ›

Posted on: September 21st, 2015
Alliance’s 2015 Annual Report is here! You can learn more about Alliance’s accomplishments and plans, and our amazing tenants and volunteers by clicking on the link below. Alliance 2015 Annual Report  ... Read More ›

Annual Fundraising Breakfast ›

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015
Thank you to the 170+ guests who joined us on October 8th for our Alliance Housing annual fundraising breakfast.  Tenants, Greg Mure and Brenda Connell, stole the show by sharing their stories and how stable housing has helped them move forward in their lives.  Thanks to our terrific […]... Read More ›

Rooming Houses Are an Important Part of the Affordable Housing Patchwork ›

Posted on: April 16th, 2015
By Barbara Jeanetta, Executive Director of Alliance Housing Inc. I read almost weekly about the ills of rooming house life. My google alerts bring me stories of fire, over –crowding, and substandard conditions. In Minneapolis, zoning codes prohibit new rooming house licenses. Some of you will be surprised […]... Read More ›

Hands on Twin Cities Volunteer Expo ›

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
Alliance Housing participated in Hands on Twin Cities Volunteer Expo at the Mall of America on Valentine’s Day.  The event is designed to introduce Twin Cities nonprofits and their volunteer opportunities to Mall visitors and businesses.  Hands On also selected and funded Alliance’s speed volunteering activity – welcome […]... Read More ›

AIA design charrette & Beltrami ›

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
Alliance partnered with the Beltrami neighborhood group in visioning what an investment in housing might look like on the dead end of NE Taylor Street.  The American Institute of Architects helped us out by selecting the site as one of their 2015 Search for Shelter projects.  The team […]... Read More ›

Lynne’s departure ›

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
We bid farewell and thank you to Administrative Coordinator, Lynne Rectenwald, in February.  Lynne joined Alliance Housing in 2010.  Kudos thrown her way at her farewell lunch included:  she brought polish and professionalism to Alliance’s events, she tackled and organized the mountains of paperwork that had accumulated at […]... Read More ›

A Family Bequest ›

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
Alliance Housing was honored to receive a number of donations in honor of Karl Cooper in January 2015.  The family was attracted to us because of our 2nd chance housing philosophy.  Karl spent much of his life working and living among those who needed a 2nd chance.   […]... Read More ›

We’ve Got A Lot to Celebrate! ›

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
On a cold night in February, eight families came together to celebrate their accomplishments and progress.  Coaches, Sue & Melanie, organized food, games and a festive atmosphere to build positive relationships among participating Northside Supportive Housing Families.  The night highlighted each families’ progress on goals.  Latece is raising  […]... Read More ›

New Sites! ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
Funding and re-development plans continue for a project to serve homeless adults, 55 years and older. Alliance staff are evaluating the re-use of a building at 201 Lake Street or a vacant lot to provide safe and secure housing as a base for a better quality of life […]... Read More ›

New Board Members! ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
Alliance is led by 14 members of our Board of Directors. Miranda Walker and Mike Brown joined the group in October. Miranda is an emerging leader in the affordable housing development world. Mike is a seasoned marketing and communications professional. They join a group that contributes management, legal, […]... Read More ›

New Mattresses! ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
Twenty new mattresses were delivered on December 10th for tenants at 2011 Pillsbury. Rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp and other useful and gently used donated furniture and household items. Most of our new tenants have little to their name upon move in. The current […]... Read More ›

Thank You for Attending our Annual Breakfast! ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
One hundred sixty of our best and new friends gathered at the Town and Country Club on October 23rd to talk with each other, catch up, and hear a brief update on Alliance Housing’s programs, housing and operations. When tenant, Starisha Alexander, with her two young children in […]... Read More ›

One Families’ Journey ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
Makeesha and her children have lived in an Alliance duplex in south Minneapolis since December 2009. Early on, Makeesha felt it was more important to raise her children attentively than work. She got by on a combination of MFIP, food support and one of the kid’s monthly disability payment. […]... Read More ›

Our New Year’s Resolutions… ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
Each year the Alliance Housing board of directors spends an August evening reflecting on its strengths and challenges and refining plans for the future. We have drafted a set of 2-3 year goals for the various parts of our work. Some are as straightforward as investigating new property […]... Read More ›

Season Greetings from All of Us at Alliance Housing Inc! ›

Posted on: January 8th, 2015
We are grateful here at Alliance Housing. Ecoset Consulting donated 25 Christmas trees for families who are participating in Alliance’s Northside Supportive Housing for Families program. Two participants, Avery Webb and Tricia Smith, assisted Sue Roedl in delivering them to the homes of the families. The program helps homeless families […]... Read More ›

Is Fair Housing Fair? ›

Posted on: January 7th, 2015
It depends on who you are.  Fair housing laws were created in 1968 to make sure landlords treated all potential tenants the same with screening procedures, tenant selection and application fees.  HUD hires people to test out fair housing laws and prosecutes those who aren’t treating applicants fairly. […]... Read More ›

Alliance Housing a New Chapter ›

Posted on: October 15th, 2014
Alliance Housing Inc. is like an enduring classic novel. Its theme or story line remains unchanged. Give people a second chance. Rent to individuals and families with a history of homelessness, at the bottom end of the wage scale, and those who have often been screened out due […]... Read More ›

The Cover ›

Posted on: October 15th, 2014
A classic needs to have enduring qualities AND look good on the shelf to attract readers. We work hard to keep our properties “the best on the block.” In the last few months, we rebuilt a crumbling retaining wall at 2103 2nd Avenue S (pictured) and paved the […]... Read More ›

The Marketplace ›

Posted on: October 15th, 2014
In August 2014, Alliance increased its rents 2%. The board considered this decision in the context of the rental market, property cash flow and our tenantsʼ ability to pay. We donʼt take these decisions lightly. A $10 increase per month is a big challenge to someone living on […]... Read More ›

A Room With a View ›

Posted on: October 15th, 2014
Alliance Housing Inc. is relatively unique in owning and managing rooms for single adults Alliance has 44 rooms – 25 in a rooming house at 2011 Pillsbury (picture) and the rest scattered among 7 properties in south Minneapolis. The advantages of renting a room are many: The rent […]... Read More ›

A Central Character ›

Posted on: October 15th, 2014
Greg Mure has lived at 2011 Pillsbury for 5 years. He said that renting a unit in Pillsbury “let him be a man” in the sense that he could support himself and have a place of his own. Greg spent a bit of time in the shelter before […]... Read More ›

Updates from Brenda and Jontel ›

Posted on: September 15th, 2014
You may remember Brenda from our 2012 Annual Report. Brenda as well as her husband and their two pre-teens moved into a 3-bedroom Alliance property from a shelter. Today Brenda’s husband is working as a cook and she continues her work at the Mall of America, where she […]... Read More ›

Support Services Coordinators on the North Side ›

Posted on: September 15th, 2014
With recent investments from the Otto Bremer & WCA Foundation and Hennepin County, Alliance Housing will be able to double the size of our Northside Supportive Housing for Families program. We’ll expand from working with 26 families to 50 by the end of the year through agreements with […]... Read More ›

Program Successes ›

Posted on: September 15th, 2014
We’re seeing promising results from participants in the Northside Supportive Housing for Families program.  They prove out the growing understanding that stable housing is a key to kids doing well in school, parents being more successful in work and overall family well-being. Here are some current successes of […]... Read More ›