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Ben Carson Visits NEF’s Hawthorne EcoVillage Development

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson toured Hawthorne EcoVillage Apartments as part of his first visit to Minnesota as a federal official. He noted his approval of Minneapolis’ removal of single-family zoning restrictions, which can limit the sites available to affordable housing projects like EcoVillage.

Hawthorne EcoVillage apartments were developed by National Equity Fund partner Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL). It is a 75 unit project located at the intersection of Lowry and Lyndale Avenues N. in Minneapolis. The building includes community and office space to accommodate the self-sufficiency services that PPL provides for all residents. The site also includes two secondary buildings, housing a total of four townhouse-style units, which frame a community green space.

The project is primarily general occupancy for singles, couples, and families. Four units are set aside to serve Long-Term Homeless (LTH) households. PPL administers rental assistance and provides supportive services for the LTH occupants.

EcoVillage offers services in two tiers according to resident needs: the four long-term homeless individuals with need for more intensive services work with PPL’s Cabrini Partnership program, while all residents have access to a Services Navigator who works with all households to foster housing stability, economic advancement, and community building. The complex brings quality affordable housing to 75 households while serving as a model green building and a visible sign of the neighborhood’s turnaround.

Carson’s visit to EcoVillage takes place during a time when some, including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, are expressing concern about rollbacks proposed by HUD.

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