MICAH Northeast Chapter

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Chapter 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.

We work with and advocate at meetings of planning commissions and city councils as well as city staff in both White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi.  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. 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.

Meeting Dates
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and alternate between the City Halls of White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi. We will be in WBL in January, March, May, July, September and November; in Mahtomedi in February, April, June, August, October and December.

Karen Fitzpatrick recognized as Community Hero June 13, 2017

Karen Fitzpatrick has been an active member of MICAH NE since around 2005 and was a supporter for many years prior to that. Karen, along with two other women all members of Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale, was a co-founder of the Hope for the Journey Home shelter for families experiencing homelessness in 2012.

Karen serves on the Justice and Outreach Commission at her church, is a Bread for the World Metro Committee member and volunteers at her local food shelf.

$7,000 grant from Hugh J Anderson Foundation

On behalf of the MICAH Board of Directors, MICAH NE Chapter, Staff and Volunteers, we want to express our sincere appreciation for the grant of $7,000.00 from the Hugh J Andersen to support our MICAH NE. Metro Chapter work.

We are excited about the growth of our NE Chapter work. We had our first bus tour in 2015! Their grant in 2015 helped us to take 30 policy makers, providers, people impacted by the housing crisis and MICAH NE chapter leaders on a tour to see many of the affordable housing development successes in our community. In our recent bi-partisan Legislative Breakfast forum, we discussed the need for more investment in integrated affordable housing opportunities throughout our communities and resources to prevent and assist people who are experiencing homelessness. We plan to hold similar events again in 2016. Also, the attendance at our MICAH NE monthly meetings has doubled since last year.

From Recent Chapter Meetings

The Northeast Chapter of MICAH met at White Bear Lake city hall on March 8th, 2016. Much of the morning was spent getting acquainted with the background information and the issues for the Minnesota legislative session which also began that day. Sue Watlov Phillips provided us with notebooks with information for us and which can be shared with our MN legislators.
We updated our contact information on reaching local faith communities which are not yet a part of our MICAH group. Many of us will continue to reach out and extend information and a welcome. The new membership brochure will be a great asset for us.
We'll use our April meeting to do some planning for a workshop on comprehensive plans (much like the south Chapter did), hopefully in May or June.

The Northeast Metro Chapter of MICAH met in Mahtomedi on February 9, 2016. We reviewed the January legislative breakfast, making recommendations for the 2017 event. We heard updates from Sue and John about happenings with MICAH. The membership subcommittee for our Long Range Planning process led us in signing up for contacts with congregations who might want to join our efforts. We were urged to take part in "The Whole Creation" event at St. Mary of the Lake, JRLC's "Day on the Hill", and, of course, the March 1 caucuses.

The Northeast Metro Chapter of MICAH hosted their second annual legislative breakfast on Tuesday, January 12. Elected and/or appointed officials in attendance were: Representatives Matt Dean and Peter Fisher, Senators Roger Chamberlain and Chuck Wiger, Mayors Jo Emerson (White Bear Lake)and Jud Marshall (Mahtomedi) , Met Council members Harry Melander and Sandy Rummel, and WBL City Manager Ellen Richter. They shared their priorities and hopes for the 2016 legislative session as well as plans for the process of working on the city comprehensive plans during 2016 and 2017. Conversation was good - - before, during and after the meeting as we learned from each other.

The Northeast Metro Chapter of MICAH met on November 10, 2015 with an almost record 16 people in attendance. We heard reports from Sue and John Slade about MICAH; learned that John Belisle has been appointed to the Washington County HRA; and heard updates from the three long-range planning areas (membership, legislative, local housing issues). The majority of time at the meeting was working on planning for the upcoming bus tour on December 8 and the legislative breakfast 12.

The Northeast Metro Chapter of MICAH at their September 15, 2015 meeting heard updates on: MICAH's newsletter and upcoming events around Metro area, Piccadilly senior affordable housing in Mahtomedi, St. Andrew's Community Resource Center and Hope for the Journey Home shelter, and White Bear Lake's 2015 Habitat for Humanity build. We received an invitation to view Pope Francis' message to Congress together at St. Mary of the Lake church in White Bear Lake. the three long range planning groups reported and shared plans for recruitment, working with local and state elected officials, and local transitional housing possibilities.

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