Partners for Affordable Housing

Partners for Housing will guide individuals and families on a path toward housing stability.

aka Partners for Housing   |   Mankato, MN   |  http://www.partnersforhousing.org/

Mission

Partners for Affordable Housing provides shelter for homeless families and individuals, and helps them to secure economically viable long-term housing.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Jen Theneman

Main address

12 Civic Center Plaza Ste 2145

Mankato, MN 56001 USA

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EIN

36-3333949

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Southern Minnesota lacks enough affordable housing to meet the need, in fact, Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, are designated as Severe Cost Burdened areas, meaning that 50% of citizens spend 30% or more of their income towards housing. The lack of affordable housing options means that many people are homeless in the area. Homelessness does not mean that all are living on the streets, although there are many that live in places not meant for human habitation. More likely, many in the area are doubled up or couch hopping - neither are stable or sustainable - especially when people do not have claim to the home. This issue impacts singles and families, with almost half of the people we serve who are under the age of 18. Instability impacts the mental and physical wellbeing of persons experiencing homelessness, especially children who are in their development years, and suffer in many ways while the family unit is unstable. We strive to be a safe and stabilizing force in the region

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Homeless Shelters

Shelters: Theresa House, Welcome Inn and Union Street Place. These short-term temporary homeless shelters offer a communal housing setting that is blended with case management services and programs for homeless individuals and families including people fleeing domestic violence, people of color, people with disabilities, and people whose primary language is not English. At our shelters, we offer emergency housing to individuals and families who are experiencing a temporary housing crisis and offer temporary respite for up to 90 days. The majority of our guest spaces are simple dormitory-style bedrooms with a common area of a shared kitchen, living room, laundry and bathrooms.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Community Partner of the Year 2019

Greater Mankato Area United Way

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Partners for Housing (P4H) is an agency that believes all human beings, regardless of their economic status, are entitled to safe, decent, affordable housing. To fulfill this mission, Partners for Housing provides critical shelter and housing to families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness, while helping them secure economically viable long-term housing in addition to other basic needs

We prioritize serving all people who come to our door with a trauma-informed, client centered care approach.
We prioritize women (or persons identifying as females) and children, who we believe are most vulnerable.
We prioritize partnerships with government, schools and other agencies to provide a team approach.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    All are socioeconomically challenged. We serve individuals and families, all gender and sexual orientations, all ages, all races and ethnicities, all religious affiliations, and people whose primarily language is English and languages other than English with interpreter assistance.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During COVID-19 we had a rigid 'no nights out' policy in our shelters. We found that we needed to discuss each situation separately and create a mutual game plan and accountability to establish expectations and keep them safe, as well as other people living in the houses and staff safe when they returned.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We discuss that each person's opinion represents one person, however when we hear feedback we listen with intention, as we hear suggestions and ideas and opportunities to serve better. When staff show that we are willing to listen and ask questions for understanding, we build rapport and trust with the people we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Partners for Affordable Housing

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christian Bailey

Nidec Corporation (Kato Engineering)

Term: 2017 - 2023

Laina Rajala

Board Vice President

Sara Dorfner

Board Treasurer

Krista Dinsmore

Board Secretary

David Cowan

Member/Past President

Mark Piepho

Member/Past President

Coralyn Musser

Member

Beth Fasnacht

Member

Jake Sherlock

Member

Brenda TeVogt

Member

Marty Duncan

Member

Allegra Henderson

Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.