The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) today announced that Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung in St. Paul, Minn., is a 2020 recipient of the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Special Needs category, recognizing affordable housing developments and organizations that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Read the press release.
Watch the video with comments from Senator Tina Smith, who said, “I’ve often said that if you don’t have a safe, affordable place to call home, nothing else in your life works,” said Senator Tina Smith (D-MN). “For youth experiencing homelessness, not having a place to live can limit opportunities, compound struggles, and cause problems that last a lifetime. That’s why I’m celebrating the Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung housing development in St. Paul and what it means for Native youth who can now receive culturally-competent services and maintain stable housing at the same time. Projects like this one are why I support the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which helped finance this development last year. And it’s why I’m so pleased that Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung is being recognized as an excellent example of work to increase access to affordable housing.”
Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung, in St. Paul, Minn., is a first-of-its kind project that provides quality housing and supportive services to formerly homeless Native American teens and young adults–helping them build economic independence and a healthier future.
The new, four-story, 42-unit building is affordable to youth with very low incomes; rents on 32 units are set at 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and rents on 10 units are affordable at 50 percent of AMI. Additionally, 22 units are earmarked for youth with mental and physical disabilities. The green project’s unique Native-inspired design stands in stark contrast to the institutions that many of its young residents have experienced in the past, and it blends with the diverse cultural and commercial businesses in the surrounding community.
National Equity Fund partner, Project for Pride and Living (PPL) collaborated with the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) to develop this exceptional property. PPL has more than 40 years of experience owning and managing low-income housing developments, including supportive housing sites. ADYC also has deep local experience, with 33 years of work as a housing and services provider for primarily Native American homeless youth. The organizations bring distinct yet complementary skill sets and experiences to the project and share a congruent mission – providing places for people to heal and thrive.
The development is close to rapid transit, bus lines, dedicated bikeways and many resources for youth such as employment, educational opportunities and retail, along with medical and cultural services.
Its extensive on-site services run the gamut from health to employment and case management. And its design promotes Native American culture, including a cultural center, spaces for gathering and activities, a sweat lodge and a medicine garden. The property also features a “clothing closet” and technology center to help residents prepare for education and employment.