Although the first residents arrived in February, this month officials from MPHA joined core partners Youthlink and PPL, along with more than a hundred other supporters, for the grand opening of the Downtown View Apartments. These 46 units on the edge of downtown Minneapolis are dedicated to homeless youth between 18 and 24. The crowd and speakers reflected the wide partnership that brought the project to life: nonprofits, MPHA, city, county, and others.
MPHA has committed 25 project-based vouchers, which will essentially pay the rent on these units for the first 20 years, at a total estimated value of around $3.7 million. Like the recent groundbreaking for Great River Landing, Downtown View is a shining example of how private and nonprofit efforts can come together with the public subsidy that MPHA provides to target hard-to-house people in our community.