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HousingLink

Our mission is to improve people’s lives through information expanding their affordable rental choices.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 8/23/2012
International Market Square, Suite 509
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: (612)522-2500
Fax: (612)521-1577
Other Names Used HousingLink
EIN 41-1873314
Principal Staff Sue Speakman-Gomez,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 7.17
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Board
Accomplishments
2011 was a very busy year at HousingLink; we successfully achieved both of our goals. 1. Connect people to housing opportunities: over 455,000 searches for housing, 113,000 affordable housing and waiting list openings posted, and 2.1 million page views of our website. In addition to this we launched hAlert and an additional 694,000 housing listings were emailed or texted to renters seeking housing in our community. 2. Inform decision makers: conducted research for McKnight Foundation’s Housing Measures report, created a central Inventory of Affordable Housing for the Central Corridor to assist community organizations plan for change in that area, and continued tracking the foreclosure crisis in Minnesota. In addition to this we also were honored to receive a 2011 Dot.Org Building on Success award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Current Goals
HousingLink 2012-2014 Goals and Strategies 1) Enhance services for renters and expand their housing choices. Strategies: a) Provide information on schools and transportation through our rental search engine. b) Creatively use technology to deliver education on renter rights and responsibilities. c) Explore the feasibility of translating HousingLink’s information to additional languages to serve more renters. d) Develop outreach strategies to meet the needs of underserved populations, e.g. ex-offenders, immigrants, etc. e) Continue to enhance the usability of HousingLink’s website and technology. 2) Expand services within the region and in Greater Minnesota. Strategies: a) Expand supportive and transitional housing information to the seven-county metro area and at least one region of Greater Minnesota. b) Explore and offer, if financially feasible, a package to support housing authority Section 8 Voucher administration. c) Work with partners to expand key services geographically. d) Continue to respond to additional opportunities to serve greater Minnesota. 3) Develop and implement an accessible housing initiative. Strategies: a) Work with the disability community to determine their needs. b) Modify HousingLink core services to meet their needs. 4) Market proprietary HousingLink data and services to the broader industry. Strategies: a) Create a niche market report drawing on our unique data set of smaller properties including a demand index of searches vs. listings. b) Take the next step toward developing a centralized project-based Section 8 waiting list. c) Explore the viability of subscription-based information for landlords and/or community planners. d) Explore a centralized Section 8 Voucher waiting list (pending HUD program).
Community or Constituency Served
Low-to moderate-income households
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities Metro Area
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $620,183 79.6%
Management: $143,027 18.4%
Fundraising: $15,512 2%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $361,362 $346,042 $479,646
Beginning of Year $346,042 $479,646 $489,454
Difference $15,320 ($133,604) ($9,808)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $361,362
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
Financials
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