The Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) Board of Directors voted at our Board Meeting on September 17, 2014 to proceed with a Fair Housing Complaint to HUD that will be naming the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, The Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities, City of Minneapolis, City of St. Paul, Minneapolis /St. Paul Housing Finance Board as the respondents.
The complaint alleges that ”Through their administration of housing and community development programs, Respondents have—individually and collectively—increased segregation on the basis of race, color and national origin in the Twin Cities region”.
We have spent two years in prayer, reviewing data, commenting on plans, listening to the concerns from people impacted by discrimination, our regional groups, congregations and organizational members. After reviewing several updated versions of the potential complaint, we have decided to move forward with other non-profits and local units of government with the complaint.
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All God’s People Need A Home!
Thurs. Nov.6, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th Street, Burnsville
MICAH invites you to
An Interactive Evening of Learning, Inspiration, Solutions, Action
Moving us forward in faith toward homes for all.
Historical & Local Perspectives:
428 men, women, children identified in Dakota Co. Jan. 22, 2014 as homeless in cars, outside, motels, couch hopping, or doubled.
Addressing Disparities / Advancing Equity
Increasing Housing Stability: Solutions & Action
Shaping a faith community response
Brotherhood Brew, a social enterprise uplifting & empowering
young African American men, presenting specialty beverages.
All welcome! Free event
MICAH Summer 2014 Newsletter is in the mail!
To see it online, click here.
To see the list of Home Bill supporters, click Housing Opportunities Made Equitable supporters
To see the history of the HOME Bill, click HOME_BILL_HISTORY
We encourage everyone to review and comment on the Metro Council's draft Housing Policy Plan
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!
As people of faith, we believe that everyone counts, that each person is a unique and special creation of God and that everyone, without exception, needs a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home.
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)
A special Thank You to our faith leaders that assisted in this count. It is our hope and prayer that:
1. People experiencing homelessness know God’s and our faith leaders’ love, compassion and mercy for them.
2. Our faith leaders renewed their commitment to continue to be involved in direct service in meeting the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness and will continue advocating and working for justice, equity, and mercy in implementing structural and systemic changes in our country so that everyone, without exception, has a decent, safe, accessible and affordable place to call home.
Together, with God’s Blessings, we are Bringing
America, Minnesota, and our Metro Area Home every day!
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?
How are we doing? See answer on pages 7-11 at http://metrocouncil.org/Data-