Our Story

The Need Continues. So Do We.

CommonBond Communities was formed in 1971, with a goal of creating affordable housing during a time of significant racial and economic injustice. Nearly five decades later, the injustices still exist and – while we’ve accomplished a great deal – our work is more important than ever. We continue to provide homes and support services for those most in need in our community.

Since our beginning with one half-time employee, CommonBond has flourished into the Upper Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services. By integrating services and housing we were the first to offer more than just a quality place to live. Our model has always been about supporting people in achieving more.

 

Today we provide homes and services for more than 11,000 people every year. We develop, own, or manage more than 6,000 affordable rental apartments and townhomes throughout 52 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Our beliefs in dignity, respect, and inclusiveness for all people are the driving forces behind our commitment to CommonBond residents. From high-quality buildings to life-changing support services, we create environments and experiences that help each resident meet their goals and be their best self.

We build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. We are CommonBond.

Mission

CommonBond Communities’ mission is to build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities.

Vision

Every person has a dignified, affordable home that supports independence and advancement within a flourishing community.

Inclusion Council

At CommonBond Communities, we believe people are our greatest assets and critical to our success. And because we value all individuals and the varied, complex, and rich identities they bring to the organization, we define diversity broadly to include all of the characteristics that make each person unique. This includes, but is not limited to: age, gender, race, class, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender presentation, physical ability, marital status, economic background, and life experience. Read More

Green Mission

CommonBond Communities values being a good neighbor and environmental steward. As a leader in the affordable housing industry, we recognize our responsibility to have a positive impact on our residents, properties, and the greater community. Our goal is to intentionally promote environmental and financial sustainability across our organization, particularly in the areas of:

Energy Efficiency
Water Conservation
Healthy Environments
Recycling and Waste Reduction