Impact and Programs
Urban Homeworks rental program housed 464 total individuals in 2020. Of those individuals, 61% self-identified as BIPOC head of household, 61.8% as female head of household, and 71.3% identified as families with children. Urban Homeworks rehabbed five units and built and sold three new constructions. 88% of business opportunities went to women-owned and BIPOC-owned businesses. 7 units were sold to home buyers at the 60-80% AMI level. Of those families, 50% were families with children, 38% had female-identifying head of household, and 50% identified as BIPOC head of household. Two renters education events were held in 2020 with 45 total attendees. There were 145 total participants in POD (people-oriented development) activities and events, and two direct action campaigns against unlawful evictions.
In 2021, Urban Homeworks seeks to continue providing equitable housing solutions through affordable rentals and homeownership. The organization seeks to continue to build transformational relationships and identify resource partners to help support PODs and education offerings for our resident community. Urban Homeworks would like to pilot a community ownership model and develop an asset management plan that includes long-term financing and improvement of properties. The organization is growing resources for policy advocacy and public funding campaigns, in addition to finding alternative funding models for individuals supporters to invest in equitable housing. Urban Homeworks seeks to be BIPOC-led (over 50% of Leadership Team and Board of Directors identifying as BIPOC) by the end of 2021.
Community or Constituency Served
Urban Homeworks primarily serves individuals with low wages/wealth. Urban Homeworks residents' average medium income is $21,838 compared to the state AMI of 57,001. Out of 464 residents in 2020, 61% self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color; 61.8% self-identify as female; and 71.3% identify as families with children. Not all residents chose to self-identify.
Geographic Area Served
Urban Homeworks primarily serves the North Minneapolis community where they are office. They also have rental units in South Minneapolis and Frogtown, Saint Paul.