2014 Legislative Successes
Look here to see the progress made at the 2014 legislature.
The Northeast chapter of MICAH is re-energizing. They just issued the following statement:
We are a group, representing diverse faith communities, living in both Ramsey and Washington counties, and meeting monthly, alternating between the city halls of Mahtomedi and White Bear Lake. We cultivate relationships with city, state and Met Council officials and administrators.
During 2014 we have urged the city of Mahtomedi to include affordable housing in the development of a former school site and supported the city's plan for a totally affordable apartment building for seniors on a former restaurant site. We continue to work with and support St. Andrew's Resource Center, Hope for the Journey Home, and Solid Ground as each helps homeless families toward permanent and affordable housing. We support and encourage the building of Habitat for Humanity homes in our communities; one is being built in White Bear Lake this year. We have representation on the Citizens Advisory Council for the Gateway Corridor and advocate for transit to make access to jobs available for the folks currently living in affordable neighborhoods as well as making future affordable housing possible. We continue to advocate at the state level through several agencies and organizations such as MICAH and JRLC.
MetroStats: Income, Education, and Immigration in the Twin Cities, 2008-2012
Regional Policy and Research recently published a new MetroStats providing an overview of the region’s 186 cities and townships during the 2008-2012 period, with particular attention to the variation across census tracts within communities. The report is based on American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For full info, click here.
Every One Counts!
On January 22, HUD conducted its count of people experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, because of HUD’s very restrictive definition of homelessness and how the count was done, it will significantly undercount the number of people actually experiencing homelessness. (See links at end of this article)
Together, with God’s Blessings, we are Bringing
The Metropolitan Council looks at poverty and racial disparity. It shows Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center have racially concentrated areas of poverty (From Channel 12).
Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) have teamed up to explore and examine the housing recovery. What has it meant for owners and renters in Minnesota? See the first report: Uneven Recovery: MN Housing is Getting Unaffordable
The largest homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis is the Salvation Army’s Harbor Lights at 1010 Currie Av. N. It’s designed to provide a warm place to sleep for 350 adults. One very cold night last week, it accommodated 550 people in almost impossibly crowded conditions.
Read the rest of the article, A focus on homelessness will pay off for state in the January 10 Strib.
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.
How far out of reach is affordable housing in Minnesota?
How many affordable units need to be built in my community?