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.


This has been another busy year for the MICAH Northeast chapter. We continued with our monthly morning meetings, generally rotating meetings between the city halls of White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi but held one meeting in Stillwater and another in Hugo to broaden our outreach and work. Continued effort to connect with local faith communities has been important as we look to the future of our efforts together.

A continuing focus for this year - - and the next - - has been work on the comprehensive plans of our representative communities. Updates are brought by members to our monthly meetings. Many of our members attend their own local meetings and speak with elected officials about the importance of affordable housing in any future plans.

We have been more intentional this year with connections to the White Bear Lake senior program. They are involved in housing needs and we are cooperating with them in publicity, staffing displays, and co-sponsoring events about affordable housing as well as how to advocate for continued housing needs. This could be a model for reaching out to other senior programs in our area in the future.

We continue plans for our annual bus tour in October which will focus more on the north portion of our area this year. Our third annual legislative breakfast is planned for January 2018; invitations go not only state legislators but also to local, county, and Met Council officials.

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.

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