Housing For All bus tour of affordable housing September 20th in the West metro a success. Housing for All advocates for stable housing for people of moderate and low incomes in the northwest suburbs of Hennepin County. The evening began at CROSS Services with a tour of their food shelf. JD Harley from I 94 West Chambers shared about the great need for housing that is affordable for all the new warehouses in Rogers. We then departed for Maple Village in St Michael to hear from a resident who is disabled and toured 3 of the units to see and hear how affordable housing adds value to our communities. On the way back we drove by a potential site for workforce housing in partnership with Alleluia Lutheran Church.


MICAH Northeast Chapter sponsors a bus tour of workforce affordable housing on Tuesday, October 18. The tour will include St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center, Hope for the Journey Home Family Shelter at Guardian Angels Church, transitional housing, permanent housing and others. This is a chance to talk about the housing needs of the community. 

All are invited to attend. 

Meet at 11:15am for a box Lunch and beverage provided St Andrew’s Community Resource Center, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi. Tour leaves at noon and returns at 1:30pm. For reservations email Paul Kadera at pjkadera@gmail.com or John Slade at slade@micah.org.

MICAH Newsletter just mailed. To see a copy, click here

MICAH Organizer, La Shella Sims, named to Environmental Justice Advisory Group for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Saint Paul, Minn. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, with the assistance of a selection committee, has invited 16 individuals from around Minnesota to advise the MPCA on matters related to environmental justice. The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work. “It's easy to talk about remedying the disproportionate impacts of past pollution and preventing future harm, but much more difficult to put those words into action,” said Commissioner Stine. “This advisory group is an important step in making sure that equity is addressed in our work."

For complete press release, click here.
For webpage of the Environmental Justice Advisory Group, click here.

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Voice of East African Women (VEAW) held a Town hall meeting at the Sabathani Community Center on 8/25/16 in order to address Youth Recruitment and Hate Crimes.

Governor Dayton, Senators Abler, Latz, Hoffman and Carlson, Representatives Clark , Moran and Abeler and others attended. VEAW Executive Director, Farhio Khalif, asked Sue Watlov Phillips, MICAH Executive Director to say a few words and ask the last question of the evening. Sue said MICAH is blessed to have Farhio as a MICAH Board Member and Farhio was one of MICAH’s Community Heroes in 2016 for her work with Somalian youth and domestic violence shelter. Sue challenged the audience to be welcoming and loving neighbors in their community as well as inviting us all to work together.

Registration is open for the 2016 Overcoming Racism Conference: Disrupt Racism As Usual October 28-29, 2016.

Too many people feel powerless and need specific ideas and encouragement to act. Some might get paralyzed by fear, equating “disrupting” with “violence.” This conference will empower participants to understand how they can disrupt racism in ways that makes sense in the context of their own lives. It will give people concrete ways to disrupt racism in our communities, our institutions and ourselves, along with the context of why we need to disrupt racism and inspiration for action. See poster here and event description here. For this and other events by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative see here.

MICAH announces MICAH 2016 Community Heroes at annual meeting


HUD on May 27, 2016, announced agreements with the City of Minneapolis and the City of St. Paul to further housing choice and neighborhood opportunities in the two cities and the surrounding region. The agreements will serve as the foundation to promote housing opportunities and comprehensive regional housing planning that address residential integration and segregation within Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Read the Minneapolis agreement. Read the St. Paul agreement. Read the full press release.

The agreement with Minneapolis resolves a complaint filed with HUD in 2015 by the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing, (MICAH) the Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization, the Whittier Alliance, and the Folwell Neighborhood Association. The agreement with St. Paul resolves a complaint filed with HUD in 2015 by the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH). The organizations claimed that the cities, which receive HUD community development and affordable housing funds, failed to comply with all of HUD's civil rights requirements, including the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing. All parties concur that the settlement announced today resolves the complaints.

MICAH Legislative Success!!!
updated 5-24-16

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

  1. $250,000 Landlord Guarantee Fund Pilot (Risk Mitigation) in FHPAP(Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program)
  2. $3 million for first-time home buyers down payment closing cost assistance
  3. $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.
  4. $500,000 for homeownership capacity training in the HOME Law Activities

DEED (Department employment and Economic Development)

  1. $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. $2 Million FY 2017 split between Youthprise and Somalian Youth Program

In Jobs and Economic Development Bill:

  1. $500,000 in FY17 for rental assistance pilot for exploited women and children (SF311)
  2. $500,000 in FY17 for housing projects with training centers for jobs in high-growth areas (SF1909)
  3. $750,000 in FY17 for workforce and affordable homeownership program (SF3167)
  4. 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

  1. Homeless Youth Act, $33,000 in FY17, and $2.9million in 18-19 biennium
  2. Safe Harbor, increases eligibility to age 24, $33,000 in FY17 and $1.5million in 18-19 biennium for DHS

Tax Bill
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)  

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.

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