Opportunity Neighborhood

Mission Statement

To support people and strengthen neighborhoods within affordable housing communities through cooperative partnerships.

Contact Information

1417 10th Street NW. #104 #104
New Brighton, MN 55112

General Information

Alternative Name
Opportunity Neighborhood Development Corporation
Principal Staff
Perry Lofquist
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Board Chair
Tom Schirber
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Impact and Programs

During 2016, Opportunity Neighborhood achieved the following outcomes: Began out-of-school time programming at a brand new 47-unit affordable housing complex in North Minneapolis called Commons at Penn. Received a third Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to provide healthy community dinners and nutrition education session to residents. To date, the project has served over 190 households in 4 different affordable housing communities For the fourth year in a row, our agency was names a “Top Rated Nonprofit” by Greatnonprofits.org. (http://greatnonprofits.org/org/opportunity-neighborhood) Increased the number of board members to six by adding Siyad Warsame, the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Reconciliation and Development Organization (ARDO). ARDO is a Twin Cities non-profit specializing in cultural resolution among the African community. Siyad’s background working with Somali youth assists us in better serving the large number of Somali youth participating in our out-of-school time programs in North Minneapolis and on St. Paul’s Eastside. For the fifth year, our agency has met the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards. (http://www.smartgivers.org/Charity/Review/opportunity_neighborhood) Created a partnership with the Twin Cities Mobile Market (TCMM) to bring their grocery store on wheels to Garden View Apartments every Saturday from 1:30-2:30 pm. The TCMM is stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and canned goods at reduced prices. There are no grocery stores within walking distance of Garden View Apartments. Having the TCMM come directly to the property is a convenient and accessible way to promote healthy eating among the resident population.
Current Goals
Opportunity Neighborhood has 3 consistent goals we work to achieve each year at the affordable housing communities we serve. They are: 1. Increasing community safety 2. Increasing housing stability 3. Increasing opportunities for family success
Community or Constituency Served
We serve children, families and individuals who live in affordable housing communities throughout the Twin Cities.
Geographic Area Served
Currently, we serve the following affordable housing communities: Ames Lake Neighborhood, St. Paul’s Eastside neighborhood Commons at Penn, North Minneapolis Garden View Apartments, New Brighton Hyde Park Apartments, New Brighton Wilder Square, St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $300,434 78.2%
Management $36,235 9.4%
Fundraising $47,509 12.4%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $175,684 $174,760 $155,550
Beginning of Year: $174,760 $155,550 $152,746
Difference: $924 $19,210 $2,804

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