With affordable housing a priority at all levels of government, state and local commissioners and elected officials joined leaders from Ecumen – a nonprofit leader and developer of housing, health care and services for older adults – to celebrate the grand opening of one of Minneapolis’ newest affordable housing communities for seniors – The Hillock – in the Longfellow neighborhood on Thursday, July 20, 2023. The community welcomed its 100th resident at the end of May, bringing The Hillock to full capacity. Eleven residents are veterans who were in need of housing and have now found home at The Hillock. The aim of the Hillock project at Snelling and 45th St. as to address the need for affordable senior housing near transit, jobs and services. The building is the first phase in creating an intergenerational campus at Snelling Yards.
Phase two will be a 89-unit affordable family housing building with 13 units reserved to support veterans experiencing homelessness. The campus is co-developed by Ecumen and Snelling Yards Development, a joint venture between Lupe Development Partners and the Wall Companies. The two new communities will sit on a three-acre parcel that formerly housed the city of Minneapolis Public Works maintenance yard.