Alliance Housing Stories

2023 Organizational Highlights ›

Posted on: October 17th, 2023
In our 624 units across our portfolio, 50% of our tenants have background issues that would have screened them out of other housing. and our tenants stay with us for an average of three years. Opened 3301 Nicollet, home to 64 individuals and small families with very low […]... Read More ›

2023 Meet Our Tenants ›

Posted on: October 17th, 2023
BETTY HYATT. Walking into Betty’s building on Penn Avenue, residents are greeted with beautiful curtains on the windows and furniture in the entryway, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Betty has lived in Alliance housing for four years, longer than most of the other places she’s lived in throughout her […]... Read More ›

2116 Nicollet – Future home to Alliance ›

Posted on: June 6th, 2023
Alliance is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Whittier Alliance, Whittier’s neighborhood organization, to bring to life a new development at 2116 Nicollet Ave! The building will include low-barrier affordable housing, community meeting and event space, and office space for both Alliance and the […]... Read More ›

Our longest tenant – Greg Mure ›

Posted on: June 6th, 2023
Like most of us, Greg Mure never thought he would be homeless. After struggling with a series of unexpected challenges in 2006, he found himself sleeping on a park bench in South Minneapolis with his belongings in bags. The next morning, when he awoke, he saw that his […]... Read More ›

Our newest tenant – Jerel Stimpel ›

Posted on: June 6th, 2023
Jerel Stimpel is one of our newest residents. The 28 year-old cook and photographer moved into his apartment earlier this spring and so far, he’s settling in nicely. When asked about his favorite part of the unit, he answers quickly: “The kitchen.” His favorite meal to cook? Southern […]... Read More ›

Ebony’s one year! ›

Posted on: June 6th, 2023
Ebony started working with Alliance Housing in January 2022 as our part-time Housing Operations Assistant. Ebony is a bright light on the Alliance team, growing in her contributions every day. After six months in the role, Ebony moved to full-time, adding administrative responsibility for processing our donations. After […]... Read More ›

The grand opening of 3301 Nicollet ›

Posted on: June 6th, 2023
Earlier this spring, Alliance hosted the grand opening of our newest property: a 64-unit apartment at 3301 Nicollet Ave. Community members, board members, staff, and city and county officials gathered on April 20th to celebrate! Together, we toured the property, learned about the design and construction process from […]... Read More ›

Whittier Alliance Announces Selection of Alliance Housing Inc for Partnership at 2116 Nicollet Ave ›

Posted on: April 24th, 2023
The Whittier Alliance (WA) neighborhood organization in Minneapolis and Alliance Housing Inc have established a new partnership to bring low-barrier affordable housing, community meeting and event space, and new office space for both organizations to the vacant site at 2116 Nicollet Ave. The acquisition of the space by […]... Read More ›

Media alert: Grand opening of 64-unit property for low-wage workers in Lyndale Neighborhood ›

Posted on: April 20th, 2023
64-unit property includes 24 units for formerly homeless What: Grand Opening Celebration When: Thursday, April 20, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Where: 3301 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (parking on Nicollet Ave and side streets) What: Program at 5:15 p.m.; guided tours before and after program Questions or interviews: […]... Read More ›

ALLIANCE TAKES THE CASE TO COURT! ›

Posted on: December 19th, 2022
Alliance Housing has 14 properties in South Minneapolis all of which have received property tax exemptions for the last 9+ years. These tax exemptions are a key component that allows it to keep rents affordable for low-income tenants. In 2019, Alliance’s re-application for property tax exemptions was denied by the City of Minneapolis. With the […]... Read More ›

MEET GREG! ›

Posted on: December 19th, 2022
In 1996, Greg suffered a gunshot wound to his spine that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Greg’s life had been full of guns, drugs, and criminal activity. Greg came from Atlanta to Minnesota where he ended up in a shelter during COVID-19. While at the shelter, Greg worked hard to find a job, housing, and find long-term stability. However... Read More ›

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL BOBICK! ›

Posted on: December 19th, 2022
Please join Alliance Housing’s staff in wishing Michael Bobick, our Caretaker and Maintenance technician, a happy 70th Birthday in December!’ Michael is an example of Alliance’s mission at work. Michael has lived at our 2103 2nd Avenue building for 30 years, since before we even owned the property! He started working for Alliance in 1996 as […]... Read More ›

FINDING ROOM TO GROW ›

Posted on: December 19th, 2022
This spring, Tiffany Simmons, an Alliance Property Manager, helped a tenant move into one of Alliance’s buildings. This tenant knew exactly what he wanted to do first after settling into his room — take a nap. This seemingly simple act, resting, is difficult without a safe place to stay. And difficulty attending […]... Read More ›

KYLE GARDEN SQUARE – FULL SPEED AHEAD ›

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 ›

MOVING A BIGGER HOUSING POLICY AGENDA— $2B FOR HOUSING ›

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 ›

MEET JESSIE HENDEL—ALLIANCE HOUSING’S 4TH DIRECTOR IN 30+ YEARS ›

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 ›

MOVING TO EQUAL OR BETTER HOUSING ›

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 ›