Liberty Plaza (LP) is an affordable housing development located in the Summit-University neighborhood(District 8) in the City of St. Paul. LP consists of fourteen buildings. Within these buildings, there are 173units consisting of seventy- six apartments (10-efficiency, 42-one bedroom, 24-two bedroom units) and ninety-seven multi-level town homes (16- two bedroom and 81-three bedroom units). The property was developed in 1968 by Liberty Plaza, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation controlled by Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church (DAPC). In 2001, Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation (TCHDC) became a joint owner of LP when it formed a partnership with Liberty Plaza, Inc. TCHDC is a not-for-profit affordable housing development corporation that provides affordable rental housing to low and moderate-income families in the seven-metro area of the Twin Cities. At the time this survey was launched in early July 2003, 163 of the 173 units at the development were occupied. Blacks, particularly recent African immigrant/refugees, and Asians, specifically Hmong, made up the two largest racial/ethnic groups at the development. According to the data on file, 97% of the households had income below 60% of the area median income (AMI), which is $46,020 for family of four. Two percent of the households were at 68% of the AMI, and only 1% of were over 80% AMI. This is a follow-up survey to the one completed in 2001. Since that survey LP has undergone a multi-million dollar rehabilitation and the property has been converted to a 100% subsidized (Section 8) housing such that families pay not more than 30% of their income for rent. As a consequence of these changes, nearly half (46%) of the residents, at the time this survey was launched in July 2003, were new having lived at the development for less than one year.
Conducted on behalf of Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation. Supported by the Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Liberty Plaza Residents Survey Report - 2003.
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