MICAH First Annual Benefit Concert Featuring Monroe Crossing
February 26, 2017
The Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) is pleased to announce the First Annual MICAH Benefit Concert, this year featuring Monroe Crossing, the Internationally-known Bluegrass Band, Featuring their hit Micah 6:8.
Join us on 26 February 2017 at 2 PM at Adath Jeshurun Congregation 10500 Hillside Lane W Minnetonka MN 55305.
Purchase tickets here.
Dakota County churches respond to homelessness by opening their doors
By Nick Ferraro January 23, 2017 in Pioneer Press
Since its opening, the 24-hour shelter has fed and housed 71 residents, ages 8 months to 71 years old. The effort highlights the need for a permanent shelter for single adults in Dakota County, homeless advocates and county officials say. Full article here.
MICAH Legislative Success!!!
Thank you for your prayers, phone calls and visits this Session
Bills supported by MICAH that passed and were sent to the Governor for signature on Sunday:
In the Equity Bill:
MN Housing Finance Agency
- $250,000 Landlord Guarantee Fund Pilot (Risk Mitigation) in FHPAP(Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program)
- $3 million for first-time home buyers down payment closing cost assistance
- $500,000 for expansion of Family Stabilization Plan Program in the HOME Law Activities (Designated to Build Wealth) "an organization that receives one time appropriation is not eligible for the competitive grant." said Chair Garofalo.
- $500,000 for homeownership capacity training in the HOME Law Activities
DEED (Department employment and Economic Development)
- $1.5 Million in 2017 Latino Communities United in Service (CLUES) for expansion of culturally tailored programs that address employment and education skills gap. $1.5 Million 2018-19 Biennium.
- $2 Million FY 2017 split between Youthprise and Somalian Youth Program
In Jobs and Economic Development Bill:
- $500,000 in FY17 for rental assistance pilot for exploited women and children (SF311)
- $500,000 in FY17 for housing projects with training centers for jobs in high-growth areas (SF1909)
- $750,000 in FY17 for workforce and affordable homeownership program (SF3167)
- Changes to FHPAP (Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program)
a. Change to FHPAP, under definition of families, raises the age to 24
b. Change to FHPAP allowing tribes, or groups of tribes, to apply
Department of Human Rights
$184,000 for creation of an office in Greater MN - St. Cloud. The Federal Government will provide some matching funds and bring the total to about $525,000.
Department of Human Services
- Homeless Youth Act, $33,000 in FY17, and $2.9million in 18-19 biennium
- Safe Harbor, increases eligibility to age 24, $33,000 in FY17 and $1.5million in 18-19 biennium for DHS
Working Family Credit: $49 million expansion of the Working Family Tax Credit. This expansion provides an important income boost to about 386,000 Minnesota families and individuals with modest incomes across the state, and provides the largest benefits to the most struggling families.
Bills Signed into Law
SF 2555 Granny Pods signed into Law by the Governor 5-12-16.Provides Immediate and Short term housing options for seniors with their families (6 months with potential extension of 6 months)
NO BONDING OR TRANSPORTATION BILL was passed.
We are waiting to hear what the plan is by the Governor and leadership.
In the last hour of the regular Legislative Session the House included $45 Million in their bonding for housing (1/2 Governor's request and about 1/3 of Homes for All request). That bill failed.
Thank you for your advocacy last week- the House went from $0 in their bonding bill for housing on Thursday to $45 million Sunday night!
Settlement could alter how affordable housing is built throughout Twin Cities metro
By Peter Callaghan at MINNPOST 05/13/16
Somewhat quietly, the city councils of Minneapolis and St. Paul are approving a settlement of complaints that the two cities are violating federal fair housing law — an agreement that could result in broad changes to how the region builds affordable housing.
The Minneapolis City Council voted 10-2 Friday to approve the settlement of a legal complaint brought by the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) alleging the cities failed to follow a federal requirement to “affirmatively further fair housing.” The requirement calls for governments that accept federal housing money to not only lessen factors that lead to segregated neighborhoods, but to take steps to foster integration more...
Farhio Khalif, MICAH board member and executive director of Voices of East African Women, along with other Muslim community leaders, met with law enforcement officials to discuss anxiety after terrorists attacks.
By Stephen Montemayor , Star Tribune March 24, 2016 - 9:17 PM
Law enforcement officials and leaders of the Twin Cities Muslim community gathered Thursday to confront the anxiety that has arisen in the days following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Belgium and the high-profile rhetoric they have inspired.
Plans for the meeting materialized shortly after Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Wednesday referenced Minneapolis’ Somali-American community as an example of where law enforcement efforts could be concentrated while doubling down on calls this week for authorities to be able to patrol Muslim communities. More 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.