Our board is conducting a search for Executive Director.
View the details including Job Description and Qualifications.
We are accepting applications through January 31, 2019

The Homes for All Coalition
has put out their first two-year legislative agenda, 2019-2020.

For more information:
visit their resource page,
watch a video walk-through,
or view the one page summary.

Gov Shutdown Puts 30-40K Renters in Danger of Losing Their Homes.

This interview with Ellen Lurie Hoffman (CNN Twitter) policy director of the National Housing Trust, explains clearly and cogently that Project Based Rental Assistance owners could be evicting as many as 30-40,000 tenants in the next month because apparently, unlike PHAs, even if these owners have insurance or reserves they are under no obligation, moral or legal, to prevent eviction.

Urge Your Representative to Sign On!
"Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act” now has companion legislation in the House of Representatives, introduced yesterday by Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The bill proposes new solutions to the ongoing affordable housing crisis in America by expanding or improving several vital programs, including a major increase in funding to the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to build and preserve homes for the lowest income households in America. A video of the press conference announcing the legislation, at which NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel gave remarks, is viewable at Senator Warren’s Facebook page."

Read the bill or sign up for alerts: S.3503 - American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018

MICAH NorthEast Breakfast with Legislators
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30-9:30am
Ascension Episcopal Church
214 North Third Street
Stillwater, MN

7:30 am: Breakfast from Our Community Kitchen (freewill donation)
8:00-9:30: Panels with state and local policy makers!

RSVP / Questions? Contact Rev. Brenda Hoffman at

Housing for All: Breakfast with Legislators
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00-9:00am
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church - Maple Grove

Register for the Breakfast

Meet with your state and local policy makers to build relationships and proclaim, as people of faith, that Every One Needs a Home!

This is our third year of sponsoring Breakfast with Legislators for our local public officials, MN Senators and Representatives from districts within Hennepin County. All Northwest Hennepin County legislators, locally elected officials and their constituents are invited to attend. This is a chance for our community members to meet with their state and local elected officials to express concerns about affordable housing and related issues

Please contact Roxanne Smith at 763-400-7208 or rsmith@sjtw.net with questions.

MICAH South Breakfast with Legislators
Wednesday, January 30, 7:00-9:15am
Church of St. John Nuemann
4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN

Register for the Breakfast

You are invited to build relationships and proclaim as people of faith: All God's People Need a Home!
7:00 am: Arrival & Continental Breakfast, Meet & Greet with Elected Officials
7:30-9:15: Panel Build Support for Housing Solutions & Dialogue

You will have the opportunity for dialogue with your Legislators & elected officials about housing & other issues of concern.
For information: contact Kathy Groettum groettumk@comcast.net or call 651-235-5213

On November 13, 2018, MICAH held the The Keys to Justice Breakfast, celebrating 30 years of making home a reality for thousands of Minnesota families.

Hosted by Keynote Speaker, Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan, festivities included a presentation of Home Again! a video testimonial of people impacted by our work, and those who have been instrumental in helping others.

Thank you to everyone who turned out and supported
MICAH and over 400 organizations that participated in fundraising during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Together, we will ensure many more youth, individuals, and families are able to secure safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing!

From the National Coalition for The Homeless: The cornerstone of our democracy in the United States of America is the right of citizens to make their wishes known through the election process, yet low income voters, and particularly persons experiencing homelessness, are consistently one of the most poorly represented blocks when it comes to voter turnout, historically having faced numerous barriers across the country which have limited their participation in their election process.

Many potential homeless and low income voters may not have the appropriate identification documents required by some states to register or to vote. In fact, most states do not require residents have a traditional residence in order to vote in elections.

For more information https://nationalhomeless.org/campaigns/voting

On October 16, the MICAH NorthEast chapter hosted a bus tour of affordable housing in their area. It started at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, with a box lunch. From there, political leaders, city staff, faith leaders, and concerned people were off for a first-hand look at housing options across the spectrum in Hugo, Forest Lake, and White Bear Lake.

  • Over 900 children in the Northeast area school districts are homeless.
  • Seniors of limited means face limited options.
  • Twin Cities - 2 bedroom apartments require nearly $21/hour to afford.
  • Rentals are full and our shelters cannot find spaces for our people.
  • We need action on affordable housing in our area.

October 10, MICAH South chapter got on the bus for a tour of affordable housing in Dakota county. Attendees gathered at River Heights Vineyard Church where they enjoyed a light breakfast before heading out. They visited different types of housing options and talked about how we all can work together to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible, affordable place to call home.

Newly elected council member to focus on renters and affordable housing
From an article in the St. Paul Monitor, by Stephanie Fox

Mitra Jalali Nelson has been an organizer for grassroots issues most of her adult life. Now, as the newly elected member of St. Paul’s City Council, she says she wants to start organizing from within the power structure. Nelson plans on focusing her efforts toward transit sustainability, police accountability, and finding ways to advance economic equity in the local economy.

But, at the top of her list is affordable housing. Read more.

September 18, MICAH NW chapter Housing for All, held their annual affordable housing tour. After meeting for a light supper at Advent Lutheran in Maple Grove, attendees boarded the bus. Below we have a few photo highlights. Additionally, the tour was covered by CCX Media and you can find more information here including a video.

The St. Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) Housing Waiting List Closing Oct 1, 2018 

PHA will stop accepting applications for its public housing program on October 1, 2018 until further notice. Effective on this date, the PHA will not be accepting applications for any bedroom size. 

For more information: https://www.housinglink.org/SubsidizedHousing/Hous...

MICAH was honored to be the featured nonprofit for the MN Lynx Family Night on August 12, 2018. Here are a few photo highlights.

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and helped us continue our advocacy work to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable place to call home.

MICAH receives Collective Impact Award from HOMECo

MICAH wants to thank HOMECo (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative) for awarding MICAH the Collective Impact Award on June 26, 2018.

According to Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH: We give all honor, praise and thanks to God who called us to love and treat others as ourselves and to create welcoming communities. God worked through all of us, to increase the resources and opportunities for our diverse community members to develop wealth through Home ownership!

La Shella Sims, MICAH organizer and leader in the African American Leadership Forum, introduced David McGee, Executive Director of Build Wealth to MICAH in 2013, to address the disparities in home ownership between Caucasian and diverse communities. We worked together to develop the support of over 30 diverse organizations to pass the HOME Law and increase resources in Minnesota Housing.

MICAH Board Members, Hector Garcia, Jean Lee, Farhio Khalif and Catherine Fleming as well as MICAH Staff, La Shella Sims, Amanda Kappes-Peterson, John Slade and Sue Watlov Phillips were key MICAH players in assisting in the organizing and passing of the HOME Law.

We commend HOMECo for their excellent work in the community!

May God continue to guide us as we work together to ensure every one, without exception has a decent, safe, accessible and affordable home. May we listen and be in what God is creating and blessing each day!

Feds give green light to METRO Gold Line
Project design and engineering will gear up early this year, Metropolitan Council continues to move forward with management of the project
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project an important approval, one of the first steps to a transit line which would connect thousands of East Metro residents with jobs and opportunities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The FTA officially granted Gold Line entry into the project development phase of the federal New Starts program, which funds major transit projects across the country. The designation means local spending will now be eligible for potential matching federal funds in the future.  Continue here.

Are you in a housing crisis? If you are facing foreclosure, can't find a place to live, or have other tenant issues, check our list of links here.  MICAH does not directly help with these issues.

"Being the Change in Our Communities"
MICAH's Annual Celebration June 5th, 2018 featured Annual Report
and Community Hero Awards

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