Alliance Housing Stories

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 ›

A Stable Home Brings Many Other Benefits ›

Posted on: March 15th, 2018
Alliance Housing’s Golden Valley Road four-plex sits just two blocks from Wirth Parkway, a long stretch of park including wide-open green space, and biking and walking trails. It’s a serene setting, yet only a few blocks away from buses and convenient thoroughfares. The building is home to four […]... Read More ›

The Power of Second Chances ›

Posted on: December 27th, 2017
It’s hard to believe that Patrick ever had a first chance. At the Alliance Breakfast in 2016 he shared the story of his life. He grew up in a family of drug abusers as role models. When he became an adult, he himself predictably struggled with drugs, addiction, […]... Read More ›

A 10 Year Old Project is Home to Many ›

Posted on: December 27th, 2017
Quiet Enjoyment Hiawatha Commons, an Alliance Housing property at 2740 Minnehaha has been in operation since 2006. Louella Williams has been living there since the beginning. Louella is a quiet person who tends to keep to herself, but she always smiles and greets her neighbors in the hall. […]... Read More ›

New on-line donation software takes smaller bite out of your donation ›

Posted on: December 14th, 2017
Alliance’s new on-line donation option, Vanco, charges 2.75% to process a credit card gift. This is a significant savings over the 6.9% our former processor charged. Please let us know if your experience is positive with this change. Thanks!... Read More ›

2017 Gift? ›

Posted on: December 14th, 2017
If you have already made a gift to Alliance Housing in 2017, thank you. Your investment enables Alliance Housing to: • Keep our rents affordable to low wage workers. • Support services helping families exit poverty and avoid future homelessness. • Keep our properties “the best on the […]... Read More ›

100% of funds secured to build 43 studios for homeless adults ›

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017
Alliance Housing Fully Funded for Minnehaha Commons Project 43 units of affordable housing will be constructed for extremely low-income seniors. Minneapolis, October 31, 2017:  Minnesota Housing announced on October 17th that $126 million will be invested in affordable housing across the state. Alliance Housing received $5,146,302 in deferred […]... Read More ›

Alliance Housing’s 2017 Annual Fundraising Breakfast ›

Posted on: June 30th, 2017
Thanks to those of you who joined us for the 2017 Alliance Housing’s Annual Fundraising Breakfast on Sept. 28th.  Our guests, sponsors and donors helped us raise nearly $80,000 to support our work.  Pat, 2011 Pillsbury resident, shared how Alliance helped him when he was homeless and again after […]... Read More ›

Houses History & Hope – A benefit for Alliance Housing Inc. ›

Posted on: April 11th, 2017
Alliance Housing’s board chair hosted two walking tours around Lake of the Isles on May 14 and June 25th. 40-50 people joined us both days to learn more about the history of Minneapolis and its parks. A former history teacher, Olk shared stories and details about some of […]... Read More ›

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 ›