The Northside Home Fund’s main initiative, the “cluster concept”, is built upon the strong collaborative networks that exist within the affordable housing system in Minneapolis. Make big changes in a concentrated small area–That’s the logic behind the focus on small geographic areas, or “clusters”. By making a noticeably positive impact on the housing stock in a concentrated area, partners stabilize and strengthen the homeownership market of North Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Specific components of the cluster projects include the redevelopment of vacant and boarded homes, the building of new homes on vacant lots, community outreach and organizing, concerted efforts with housing inspections and police partners, and the establishment of a development partnership to identify and implement residential development opportunities within the cluster.
This multi-faceted approach aims to bring about improvements that are so perceptible that positive change radiates to adjacent blocks. Also, trends and issues that are identified and addressed often provide work, policy, and process changes that bring a positive impact to the Northside neighborhoods as a whole.