Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:30AM to 1PM 

Elected officials are invited to join key NE Metro housing experts on an informational tour (at no cost to you) that features shelter and housing stops to learn firsthand about local homelessness and housing concerns, prevention strategies and potential solutions.  Read more here.

The 31st Annual Homeless Memorial March and Service will be held Thursday December 17, 2015, to honor those who have died while homeless in Minnesota. All are welcome. 5 pm March & Vigil, 6:30 pm Service of Remembrance. Complete information here

Homelessness four decades and growing,
this is the longest episode of growing homelessness in the History of the United States

Sue Watlov Phillips
Executive Director, MICAH

Many of us, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, providing services people to experiencing homelessness warned our political leaders and faith community that if we didn’t make the structural changes, we would be in the mess we are in today (more).
Minnesota special session could address racial disparities, Tom Bakk says

By Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, rstassen-berger@ pioneerpress.com, 11/18/2015

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk agree on the need for a special session to address unemployed miners and offer other aide to Minnesotans in need. Dayton last week suggested lawmakers should gather before their regular March session to extend unemployment benefits for miners experiencing long-term unemployment. But the governor Wednesday welcomed the Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk's proposal that an interim session should also address Minnesota's persistent racial inequities."Senator Bakk rightly expressed the urgency of the challenges facing communities of color in Minnesota


We received this note today:

Dear Friends at MICAH,
Today is Give to the Max day, but I’m homebound because of a foot problem and I don’t own a computer. If you can count this contribution toward the matching grant, please do. Otherwise it was a good reminder to give. There is such a need for affordable housing. I thank you for your hard work for the poor.
Gods Peace,

Yes, the matching grant continues! Not too late to help us match $10,000 pledge
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or send a check to MICAH 463 Maria St. Paul, MN 55106

MICAH South Bus Tour on October 27, 2015

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, along with other elected officials, after our October 27th South Metro Elected Officials Housing Bus Tour.MICAH South and member organization CATCH invited Mayors, County Commissioners, State Legislators and faith community leaders on an across the aisle Housing Bus Tour. This was an opportunity to hear from Dakota County’s housing professionals while the full coach traveled past various types of affordable housing resources in Eagan and Burnsville. In addition, this Tour featured a stop at Lincoln Place, supportive housing for young adults, and a site visit with panel discussion at Dakota Woodlands emergency shelter. This tour with elected officials was highlighted as an opportunity for “Advancing the conversation on housing in Dakota County…”

Dayton council, staff tours affordable housing development.
Council considers request to build workforce housing in city
October 6 2015, By Megan Hopps, SUN PRESS Newspapers

During this past summer the Dayton City Council met to discuss a letter of support the city sent to developer Sand Companies Inc. regarding plans to construct a 48 unit multi-tenant building in the city.

This project would help the city meet housing and density goals as part of Dayton’s comprehensive plan. The developer has not come forward with a project proposal at this time, but intends to build on the east side of Balsam Lane, just south of Dayton River Road. Before any plans are approved the council made it clear that, while the developer does have a project ready for review, it would like to schedule an open house to gather public comments.

Read 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.

From the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP): What HUD's new fair housing rule really means.

All of HUD community development and public housing grantees must continue to address unlawful discrimination as in the past; but now they must also act to address disparities in housing need and in access to opportunity. Full 24 August 2015  article here.  

New County Profiles released: Rents up in 82 counties amidst short supply

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Criminalization of Homelessness

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest today arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless. The statement of interest was filed in federal district court in Idaho in Bell v. City of Boise et al., a case brought by homeless plaintiffs who were convicted under Boise ordinances that criminalize sleeping or camping in public.

As stated by the Justice Department in its filing,...http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-brief-address-criminalization-homelessness

In June, 2015 the Supreme Court decided that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases should not be limited by questions of intent.

That is very important to MICAH and other groups working to reduce concentrations of poverty in housing. Last November MICAH and the cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Richfield filed a complaint with HUD against several state agencies based in part on the fact that the agencies’ policies have furthered concentrations of poverty in housing, whether or not that was their intent. In March MICAH and three Minneapolis neighborhood groups: the Whittier Alliance, the Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization, and Folwell Neighborhood Organization filed a similar complaint with HUD against the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This Supreme Court decision will impact both of these complaints. For an article from Minnesota Public Radio explaining the impact of the court decision, click here.

What are MICAH’s priorities?
To advocate and work for justice, equity, and mercy in implementing structural and systemic changes, including the use of our tax resources, so that everyone, without exception, has a decent, safe, accessible and affordable place to call Home in our community.

GIVE THANKS and Give to the MAX for MICAH

As we thank God for the Blessings we received this year, let us double that blessing by sharing them to ensure everyone has a HOME in Our Community!

Your support is needed to continue

MICAH's work has been very effective in two arenas: 1) Advocacy along our transit corridors to create and maintain safe, decent, accessible and affordable homes and, 2) Through our legislative work at both the Federal and State Levels. We've had tremendous success with our housing partners in the legislature and impacting policy decisions this year including:

Passage of Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Bill. $21.3 million allocated in the MHFA. 2014 and 2015 Plans for innovative financial training and home ownership opportunities for people of color, Native Americans and Hispanic ethnicity. $100 million bonding to build and rehab affordable housing. Increased Minimum Wage and public assistance benefits and passed the Expungement Bill. We also actively supporting  HR1662 (Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1662, the Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2015, on March 26,2015) and funding the National Housing Trust Fund.

Please consider making a generous gift, for those of you who are struggling. Any gift will help, especially, the gift of prayer!

Donate by clicking micah.org/home/donate or givemn.org

Or mail a check to: MICAH 463 Maria Ave St. Paul, MN, 55106-4428.

Just try out giving God! Together, in God’s will and blessings, We are Bringing Our Community HOME!
Thank you!

Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director

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