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MICAH Northeast Chapter Tour guides advocate for affordable housing

By Kristine Goodrich/Editor, White Bear Press, Dec 16, 2015 

Community-built houses, rentals with long waiting lists, senior apartments under construction and a center for formerly homeless families were among the stops on a bus tour organized by a nonprofit affordable housing advocate. Members of Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) took local leaders on a tour of affordable housing accomplishments in the White Bear area, shared data about the need for more affordable housing and asked the the attendees to support future local and state initiatives more...

DOJ to Law Enforcement: Don’t Criminalize Homelessness
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Provides Guidance

From: The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (www.nlchp.org)

Washington, D.C. - On December 9, 2015, the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, published a newsletter encouraging law enforcement to promote alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The newsletter, which reaches more than 6,500 subscribers across the country, included articles produced in coordination with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health & Human Services, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

“This newsletter is a great next step building on the Department of Justice’s statement of interest brief opposing criminalization of homelessness more...

The following email was sent from MICAH board member, Gary Kwong, to Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Representative McCollum. 

Sent: Fri, Dec 4, 2015
Subject: Housing 

I'm of Chinese descent. My mother died this past year and upon looking at the deed for our family home since 1951, my brother and I saw that "no family of color can lease or own this property". My father who was a US citizen and PhD in Chemical Engineering (UMN Mpls, 1942) after working for Shell Oil Research in Emeryville CA and now taking a position at 3M had to negotiate to be allowed to buy the home. Housing covenants of that type are illegal now but housing segregation (which can lead to school de-facto segregation) due to community practices is still quite strong.

As you know, studies have shown that the Twin Cities area is one of the most housing segregated in the USA, if not the most segregated. This, in part, has led to our having the widest educational achievement gap in the USA. This is not something that we are proud of.

As a constituent who cares deeply about fair housing and expanding opportunity, I urge you to support the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule, and ask that you contact Congressional Leadership to let them know that current attempts to block the new AFFH regulation should not be included as part of the final FY16 appropriations process

In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized the AFFH rule after a multi-year rulemaking process. The rule furthers the goals of the Fair Housing Act by providing all HUD program participants with clear guidelines, local data, and a new assessment tool to enhance grantees’ ability to fulfill existing Fair Housing obligations. AFFH will empower communities to shape their own, more cost-effective strategies to affirmatively further fair housing - including future investments in housing, transportation, infrastructure, and economic development.

As Congress works to finalize the FY16 Appropriations process, I strongly urge you to protect this long-awaited opportunity for cities, counties, states, and millions of families across the nation. 

Gary Kwong

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).
On November 29, 2015, The Washington Post ran an editorial on the mortgage interest deduction, citing the National Low Income Housing Coalition's new report on the rarity of mortgages over $500,000 (just 5% of all mortgages nationwide) (see: http://nlihc.org/research/rare-occurrence), and supporting both lowering the portion of a mortgage eligible for tax relief down to $500K from $1 million and changing the deduction to a 15% tax credit. See editorial here.
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 (More)

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…”

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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