Support Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME)
(known in the MN Senate as Senate File 2638)

* UPDATE as of April 23*
PASSED in the House of Representatives
on Wednesday, April 9th

YES- 130 NO - 0

In the Senate, Senator Hayden said Yes to Amending HOME language onto SF771 or accepting the House Language in HF859 to replace current language in SF771. Either way it means the HOME Bill will be voted on Senate Floor.
What this Bill Does: It will assist People of Color and American Indians with the opportunity to become homeowners through more accessible mortgage financing and enhanced financial capacity training to increase probability of successful homeownership.

Who Supports this Bill:

African American Leadership Forum
Build Wealth MN
MICAH- Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
Integrated Community Solutions
Council on Black Minnesotans
African Immigrant Services (AIS)
Asian Pacific American Housing Consortium
Aurora St Anthony NDC
Camphor Fiscally Fit
Chicano Latino Affairs Council
Childrens Hope International/R&R Family Centers
Chitwood & Davey PLLC
CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio)
Community Stabilization Project
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Hmong American Partnership
Housing For All
Jewish Community Action (JCA)
Lao Assistance Center
Minnesota Tenant’s Union
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Model Cities
Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
Second Chance Coalition
Voice in the Wilderness
Voice of East African Women
Welfare Rights Committee

What can I do: Please call these Senators, Ask them to please support the Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Bill (as amended in the House version HF2112) when it comes to their committee for a hearing.
Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division
Chair: Sen. David Tomassoni (06, DFL) 651-296-8017
Vice Chair: Sen. Foung Hawj (67, DFL) 651-296-5285
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (08, R)  651-297-8063
Sen. Scott Dibble (61, DFL) 651-296-4191
Sen. Kari Dziedzic (60, DFL) 651-296-7809
Sen. David J. Osmek (33, R) 651-296-1282
Sen. Carrie Ruud (10, R) 651-296-4913
Sen. Tom Saxhaug (05, DFL) 651-296-4136
Sen. Bev Scalze (42, DFL) 651-296-5537
Sen. Matt Schmit (21, DFL) 651-296-4264
Sen. Rod Skoe (02, DFL) 651-296-4196
Sen. Dan Sparks (27, DFL) 651-296-9248
Sen. Bill Weber (22, R) 651-296-5650
Sen. Torrey Westrom (12, R) 651-296-3826

The Bottineau Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Hearings Available

The Bottineau Draft Environmental Impact Statement and associated public hearing dates are posted on the project website http://bottransit.org/. Environmental Impact Statement is a major milestone for the Bottineau Transitway! The official public comment period will be from April 11 through May 29th, 2014.

Please Save This Date and Attend!

Tuesday, May 13 MICAH Annual Meeting
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Elim Church 685 13th Ave N.E.
Minneapolis, MN.55413

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!


MPR News Annie Baxter Minneapolis Mar 11, 2014

Lowanda Harvey couldn't have been further from her dream of owning a home last year. A long-term relationship had ended, leaving her single, and a pile-up of medical problems made her unable to work. She couldn't make ends meet and wound up homeless...
Complete MPR story here.

Home Sweet Home Should Never Be A Car!

MICAH’s South Chapter hosted over 50 community members at a breakfast on February 19 at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. It was an opportunity to meet with state legislators to build relationships and proclaim as people of faith that all God’s people need a home. A young man who spent his high school years in homelessness shared how Lincoln Place, a supportive housing residence in Eagan, has helped him complete training and begin his career as a cosmetologist. MICAH’s legislative agenda was presented and conversations about the upcoming session followed in district groups. The continental breakfast was catered by Brotherhood, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and employing young African American males.

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?

Check out this analysis!

How many affordable units need to be built in my community?
How are we doing?  See answer on pages 7-11 at

MICAH supports HUD Rulemaking to strengthen Affirmative Fair Housing

MICAH’s mission states that MICAH envisions a metropolitan area where everyone without exception has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable home. In recent years, MICAH has become aware that the methods used to allocate federal funds and evaluate impediments to fair housing choice have not resulted in reduced discrimination and increased opportunity for racial minorities in Minnesota.

The intent of the Federal Fair Housing Act was to replace segregated neighborhoods with “truly integrated and balanced living patterns. In most areas of the U.S. the current practice of affirmatively furthering fair housing choice has not been effective. Current regulations only require localities, states, and public housing agencies (PHAs) receiving HUD funds to certify that they are complying by having an Analysis of Impediments (AI), taking actions to overcome impediments, and keeping records.

Under a new proposed rule, HUD will replace the required Analysis of Impediments report with a Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) and will provide each “program participant” with nationally uniform local and regional data on a variety of fair housing factors such as patterns of integration and segregation, and racial and ethnic areas of concentrated poverty. HUD will also provide data related to education, poverty, transit access, employment, and environmental health hazards.

HUD has asked for comments on the proposed rule by September 15, 2013. The MICAH Board is preparing comments to be approved at our August Board Meeting and submitted to HUD.

Other interested parties are invited to review the proposed rule and to comment. Information, including questions for commentators, is available at Regulations.gov:

A short summary of the proposed rule is at HUD.gov:

A statement by the National Community Investment Corporation is at:





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