Low rental vacancy rates in Minneapolis push more struggling families to shelters

Daniel Grumnit, executive director of People Serving People in downtown Minneapolis, tells WCCO “Minneapolis is second only to New York City in lack of vacancy. New York City is 2.5 percent vacancy. Minneapolis is 2.8. And if you look at the affordable housing numbers, we’re essentially at zero right now."
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Daniel Grumnit, executive director of People Serving People in downtown Minneapolis, tells WCCO “Minneapolis is second only to New York City in lack of vacancy. New York City is 2.5 percent vacancy. Minneapolis is 2.8. And if you look at the affordable housing numbers, we’re essentially at zero right now."

Grumnit adds the average number of people staying at the shelter a year ago was 350, but more recently that number has grown to nearly 420.

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In September, the Minnesota Housing Partnership said 94 percent of the state's counties lack affordable rental housing, Twin Cities Business reports.

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