Building Life-Changing Opportunities — since 1972

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. Our mission: PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. PPL began as an affordable housing developer in 1972, and has since become a robust multi-service agency that today serves more than 13,000 low-income people annually. PPL has had significant organizational transformations throughout our history. Response to community need is the root of these evolutions.

  • 1980s: With housing as the bedrock, it soon became clear that low-income families needed more training and support to ensure self-sufficiency. In response, PPL launches job training and the Self-Sufficiency Program.
  • 1990s: Driven by residents, PPL invests in education and begins youth services to build a foundation for lifelong success.
  • 2000s: The philosophy of integrated services takes hold across PPL, embracing that our best response is a holistic approach to help people achieve self-reliance. A 2008 merger transforms our youth education efforts, adding a preschool and two high schools.
  • 2010s: PPL grows again via mergers, bolstering services for people impacted by homelessness.

As PPL looks to the future, we see new challenges, but we also see possibilities that have the potential to be another transformative moment in PPL’s history.

PPL now serves thousands of people throughout the Twin Cities metro region.

PPL now serves thousands of people throughout the Twin Cities metro region.

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