The Minnesota Housing Partnership is sponsoring a Federal Policy Forum
United for Homes is the campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund with revenue raised from modifications to the mortgage interest deduction. Check out the great video here!
Homes for All 2013 County Profiles
The 2013 County Profiles show that a slow economic recovery and rising rental costs have made housing difficult to afford, especially for renters. Thriving places need affordable housing to ensure that Minnesota's children reach their full potential. Yet 97% of Minnesota's 87 counties have more extremely low income renters than affordable apartments available to them. Over the last decade, incomes for renters have fallen, while rents have risen in most places.
For owners, home buying is now more affordable for some, but many renters lack the savings or credit needed to buy. Meanwhile, many owners cannot sell given current high debt levels.
View your own county's profile here, and see data, maps, and analysis.
2013 Overcoming Racism Conference - Truth Telling
Truth telling can be a powerful means of undermining racism. What do we mean by ‘Truth telling’? Truth telling is sharing history and stories that have been silenced or repressed. It is sharing the beauty, strengths and contributions of racial and ethnic communities. It is sharing the stories of what racism and colonization have done to us, how we have participated, and how we have resisted.
Check out the conference here.
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MICAH supports HUD Rulemaking to strengthen Affirmative Fair Housing
MICAH’s mission states that MICAH envisions a metropolitan area where everyone without exception has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable home. In recent years, MICAH has become aware that the methods used to allocate federal funds and evaluate impediments to fair housing choice have not resulted in reduced discrimination and increased opportunity for racial minorities in Minnesota.
The intent of the Federal Fair Housing Act was to replace segregated neighborhoods with “truly integrated and balanced living patterns. In most areas of the U.S. the current practice of affirmatively furthering fair housing choice has not been effective. Current regulations only require localities, states, and public housing agencies (PHAs) receiving HUD funds to certify that they are complying by having an Analysis of Impediments (AI), taking actions to overcome impediments, and keeping records.
HUD has asked for comments on the proposed rule by September 15, 2013. The MICAH Board is preparing comments to be approved at our August Board Meeting and submitted to HUD.
Other interested parties are invited to review the proposed rule and to comment. Information, including questions for commentators, is available at Regulations.gov:
A short summary of the proposed rule is at HUD.gov:
A statement by the National Community Investment Corporation is at:
Heading Home Dakota Celebrates
MICAH South congregation Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville was host to the 77 community members who gathered on May 16 to celebrate the first year of Heading Home Dakota. This plan to prevent and end homelessness was launched one year ago in May of 2012, bringing the community together in addressing this problem. Director of Dakota County Community Services Kelly Harder was Master of Ceremonies, leading the program that included Dakota County Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler. Cathy ten Broeke, now serving as State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, spoke on the connection of our Dakota County Plan with the State of MN initiative. (Click here for remainder of article).