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


NAACP and NLIHC on the “Fierce Urgency” of Providing Fair and Affordable Homes

Today, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Diane Yentel, president and CEO of NLIHC, published an op-ed commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and calling for its robust implementation.
More here...


St. Paul Public Housing Agency Opens applications for family apartments with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms on May 14 

Today (April 16) the St. Paul Public Housing Agency is announcing that it will begin accepting online applications for family apartments with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms on May 14, 2018 and continuing until further notice. Applications are also being accepted for efficiency and one-bedroom apartments in PHA hi-rise buildings, and for family apartments with 5 bedrooms.

For further details, click here.

                                                                                                    



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.


33rd Annual MN Homeless Memorial
March and Service, December 21, 2017

In honor of those who died while homeless.  Bulletin here


Site along Old Rockford Road/Highway 55 slated for 47 affordable housing units

From Sun Sailor Dec 5, 2017, By Kristen Miller kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com
Cranberry Ridge supporters (including Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and MICAH Housing for All chapter) rejoiced Nov. 28 after the Plymouth City Council approved the proposed 47-unit affordable housing development, Cranberry Ridge, for the site that had been called into question. See full article here.


A class-action lawsuit, alleging housing discrimination by an apartment complex in Richfield, has been settled for $650,000. The complex was formally known as "Crossroads at Penn."

New management renamed the units when it took over in the fall of 2015.The rental units, owned by MSP Crossroads and Soderberg Apartment Specialists, came under fire in 2015 when they announced they would no longer accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers. Complete article here http://kstp.com/news/richfield-apartment-complex-former-renters-settle-class-action-lawsuit/4640906/ .


MICAH 2017 Legislative Agenda (Bolded items- top priorities)

1. Ensure smaller culturally diverse organizations are funded through specific targeted set asides in an Equity Bill and language in appropriation bills prioritizes funding for diverse organizations to increase their capacity and to obtain State funding for Rental, Homeownership, and Homeless Programs including: Homeless Outreach, Prevention, Shelter, Youth Services, Transitional Housing and Supportive Housing.

2. Lead Safety Bill- Sen Hoffman and Rep. Clark are the chief authors. 

3. Increase State Resources for Housing: Comparable bill to the Common Sense Housing Investment Act which changes the Mortgage Interest Deduction into to a Tax credit. FEDERAL LEGISLATION: Common Sense Housing Investment Act The bill: Lowers the cap on the amount of a mortgage for which interest can be deducted from $1 million to $500,000, and allows home equity loans and second homes under the $500,000 cap. Converts the mortgage interest deduction to a 15% non-refundable mortgage interest tax credit.

a. Provides a tax break to an additional 15 Million low and moderate income homeowners who currently do not claim MID;
b. Provides $241 billion over 10 years to address pressing affordable rental housing needs, including homelessness, helping veterans, seniors, families with children, adults, and people with disabilities afford apartments and fighting poverty; and
c. Supports nearly 4 million jobs, generating $282 billion in local revenue and $53 billion in local tax revenue.

SUPPORT: 

4. Homes for All: See agenda here and here.

5. Accessibility: Expungement of Criminal Records and Unlawful Detainers (Second Chance) and Support Universal Housing designs. Restore the Vote for Felons who have completed their incarceration. 

6. Livable Incomes 

a. Double MFIP (public assistance grants) so families can afford housing. Increase public assistance for adults and unemployment benefits. GAAIN- Give Aid to All in NEED
b. Sick and safe leave, and paid time off.
c. Driver Licenses for Workers 

7. Education: Support legislation that creates excellent integrated educational opportunities for children and adults, including job training throughout the State.

8. Health Care: Accessible and affordable for everyone. 

9. Civil Rights Enforcement 

a. Increase funding to Minnesota Human Rights Department.
b. Fair Housing Testing (MN Housing and Met Council) Fair Lending Practices 

10. Transportation: Funding should ensure affordable housing along the transit line, replacement of demolished housing, protections from tax and rent increases. People and businesses employed to develop should be community people and businesses matching at least the racial demographics of the neighborhood or metro area, whichever is higher.



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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