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Housing

Housing is one of the basic resources that families need to survive. Secure and stable housing comes in many forms — a house, an apartment, a rented room, etc. No matter if you own or rent your home, the dollars you spend on housing probably account for a large percentage of your monthly expenses. It's important that you protect that resource, know your rights, and that it stays a place that you are happy to call "home."

The following will help you secure stable housing, with resources for renters, property managers, and homeowners.

RentWise — A unique and practical program helps you (and the families you assist) be a successful renter.

Renter 101 Online Course — This free online course helps renters better navigate the rental process. Take-and-teach resources are included to adapt the course to an in-person setting.

Housing Options for Seniors — Reviews different housing alternatives for seniors and their families to consider.

Designing Accessible Housing — Simple design elements can help homes accommodate individuals with diverse abilities.

Communication, Compromise, and Consideration: The 3 C's of Getting Along With Roommates (133 K PDF) — This tips sheet gives practical advice for those learning to live with roommates.

Home Maintenance Checklist (79 K PDF) — Quick tips for maintaining your home.

Energy Actions to Save $ and Increase Comfort for Renters (62 K PDF) — Conserve energy in your home to lower utility bill and increase comfort.

Other Recommended Resources

Keeping a Roof Overhead — When family income drops, careful planning can help you avoid eviction from your rental unit or the loss of your house.

Using Home Equity as a Long Term Care Financing Option — This checklist will help you explore if home equity is a realistic financing option for your long term care needs.

Use Your Home to Stay at HomeNational Council on Aging — This is the official reverse mortgage consumer booklet approved by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit — Award-winning toolkit discusses long-term strategies and provides tools that can help you move along the road of financial recovery. Includes units that help homeowners and renters assess where to live after a disaster.

Recover From Floods: Housing — Resources to help you deal with home damage after a flood.

Managing Your College Life: Your Money Your Housing Your Time — Online resources that help students better manage their first years of college.

Housing Technology — Extension resources to improve buildings' quality, efficiency, environmental health, and durability.

Building Awareness of Culture & Resources — Take-and-teach curriculum to expand family-serving professionals' capacity and broaden their perceptions of culture and resources. Includes resources on housing; available as free downloads.

HousingLink — Search rental housing listings in Minnesota.

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency — Online resource center for homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and more.

Minnesota Homeownership Center — Offers programs and service to buy a home, keep a home, and become a better homeowner.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgages for Seniors United States Department of Housing and Urban Development — Reviews the facts about Home Equity Conversion mortgages (HECM) and other reverse mortgages.

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