Saint Paul’s population is at an all-time high and expected to keep growing. There is not enough housing available to serve current or future residents.
- In 2019, rental vacancy rates averaged 4.4%. Well-functioning rental markets should have a minimum 5% vacancy rate.
- From 2000 to 2017, the number of duplexes decreased by 17%. The number of triplexes and fourplexes decreased by 11%.
- As of 2017, single-family homes make up 54% of the city’s housing supply. Duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes make up 11%, and multifamily with five or more units make up 35%.
Many renters are also cost-burdened, meaning they pay 30% or more of their income on rent.
- 22.5% of renters are paying 30% to 50% of their income on rent
- 25% of renters are paying 50% or more of their income on rent
Rebuilding the disappearing duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes is difficult under today’s Zoning Code.
- 67% of Saint Paul’s land area is for residential-only uses, and 72% of it only allows for detached, single-family homes.
- That means duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes cannot be built in 48% of the City.
Allowing additional duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and accessory dwelling units in more areas of the City is a simple way of supplying more housing options to current and future residents.