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MICAH's Annual Celebration: "Living Love!" will be held Tuesday, June 13, 6-8pm at First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Ave, St. Paul. The Keynote speaker will be Pastor Chris Bingea. A free dinner will be served and Community Hero Awards announced.
MICAH announces Faith and Family Night with the Lynx
at Xcel Center, Friday June, 23, 4:15-9pm, $55 per person. There will be pre-game activities, Tickets and Concert. MICAH T Shirts will be available for $10.
Ticiea Fletcher of MICAH and her son Dustin Luke Shields

were featured on the the KARE 11 Investigative Report on Lead Poisoning, Tuesday May 2.
Link to report here.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority opens its public housing Two-Bedroom Family Waitlist

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) will open its public housing Two-Bedroom Family Waitlist—closed since 2010—from Thursday, June 1, 2017 through Saturday, June 3, 2017. The waitlist will subsequently open on the third Wednesday of each month beginning June 21, 2017, until further notice (along with waitlists for four- and five-bedroom units, which are presently open and will remain so). For details, click https://dk-media.s3.amazonaws.com/AA/AV/micah-org/downloads/324402/MPHA_Two-Bedroom_Family_Waitlist_-_Community_Announcement.pdf



Michael Stoops; director of organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), passed away on May 1

The Board and staff of the National Coalition for the Homeless and MICAH are heartbroken to share the passing of long-time organizer Michael Stoops. Michael passed away on May 1, 2017, due to illness incurred while recovering from a stroke. Click here for complete article by Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH and Vice President of National Coalition For The Homeless.


MICAH 2017 Legislative Agenda (Bolded items- top priorities)

1. Ensure smaller culturally diverse organizations are funded through specific targeted set asides in an Equity Bill and language in appropriation bills prioritizes funding for diverse organizations to increase their capacity and to obtain State funding for Rental, Homeownership, and Homeless Programs including: Homeless Outreach, Prevention, Shelter, Youth Services, Transitional Housing and Supportive Housing.

2. Lead Safety Bill- Sen Hoffman and Rep. Clark are the chief authors. 

3. Increase State Resources for Housing: Comparable bill to the Common Sense Housing Investment Act which changes the Mortgage Interest Deduction into to a Tax credit. FEDERAL LEGISLATION: Common Sense Housing Investment Act The bill: Lowers the cap on the amount of a mortgage for which interest can be deducted from $1 million to $500,000, and allows home equity loans and second homes under the $500,000 cap. Converts the mortgage interest deduction to a 15% non-refundable mortgage interest tax credit.

a. Provides a tax break to an additional 15 Million low and moderate income homeowners who currently do not claim MID;
b. Provides $241 billion over 10 years to address pressing affordable rental housing needs, including homelessness, helping veterans, seniors, families with children, adults, and people with disabilities afford apartments and fighting poverty; and
c. Supports nearly 4 million jobs, generating $282 billion in local revenue and $53 billion in local tax revenue.

SUPPORT: 

4. Homes for All: See agenda here and here.

5. Accessibility: Expungement of Criminal Records and Unlawful Detainers (Second Chance) and Support Universal Housing designs. Restore the Vote for Felons who have completed their incarceration. 

6. Livable Incomes 

a. Double MFIP (public assistance grants) so families can afford housing. Increase public assistance for adults and unemployment benefits. GAAIN- Give Aid to All in NEED
b. Sick and safe leave, and paid time off.
c. Driver Licenses for Workers 

7. Education: Support legislation that creates excellent integrated educational opportunities for children and adults, including job training throughout the State.

8. Health Care: Accessible and affordable for everyone. 

9. Civil Rights Enforcement 

a. Increase funding to Minnesota Human Rights Department.
b. Fair Housing Testing (MN Housing and Met Council) Fair Lending Practices 

10. Transportation: Funding should ensure affordable housing along the transit line, replacement of demolished housing, protections from tax and rent increases. People and businesses employed to develop should be community people and businesses matching at least the racial demographics of the neighborhood or metro area, whichever is higher.



Dakota County churches respond to homelessness by opening their doors
By Nick Ferraro January 23, 2017 in Pioneer Press 

Since its opening, the 24-hour shelter has fed and housed 71 residents, ages 8 months to 71 years old. The effort highlights the need for a permanent shelter for single adults in Dakota County, homeless advocates and county officials say. Full article here.



MICAH 2016 Legislative Success!!!

Thank you for your prayers, phone calls and visits this Session

Bills supported by MICAH that passed and were sent to the Governor for signature on Sunday:

In the Equity Bill - $35 Million Passed
MN Housing Finance Agency

  1. $250,000 Landlord Guarantee Fund Pilot (Risk Mitigation) in FHPAP(Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program)
  2. $3 million for first-time home buyers down payment closing cost assistance
  3. $500,000 for expansion of Family Stabilization Plan Program in the HOME Law Activities (Designated to Build Wealth)
  4. $500,000 FY 2017 $1 million FY2018-19 for homeownership capacity training- HOME Law Activities

DEED (Department employment and Economic Development)

  1. $1.5 Million in 2017 Latino Communities United in Service (CLUES) for expansion of culturally tailored programs that address employment and education skills gap. $1.5 Million 2018-19 Biennium.
  2. $2 Million FY 2017 split between Youthprise and Somalian Youth Program

In Jobs and Economic Development Bill:

  1. $500,000 in FY17 for rental assistance pilot for exploited women and children (SF311)
  2. $500,000 in FY17 for housing projects with training centers for jobs in high-growth areas (SF1909)
  3. $750,000 in FY17 for workforce and affordable homeownership program (SF3167)
  4. Changes to FHPAP (Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program)
    a. Change to FHPAP, under definition of families, raises the age to 24

    b. Change to FHPAP allowing tribes, or groups of tribes, to apply

Department of Human Rights 
$184,000 for creation of an office in Greater MN - St. Cloud. The Federal Government will provide some matching funds and bring the total to about $525,000. 

Department of Human Services

  1. Homeless Youth Act, $33,000 in FY17, and $2.9million in 18-19 biennium
  2. Safe Harbor, increases eligibility to age 24, $33,000 in FY17 and $1.5million in 18-19 biennium for DHS

.All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC): Relocation Trust Fund changes passed. This increases the benefits for the homeowner moving their manufactured home or buyout to 2016 costs/values. Minnesota has 180,000 manufactured home park residents.


 Settlement could alter how affordable housing is built throughout Twin Cities metro

By Peter Callaghan at MINNPOST 05/13/16

Somewhat quietly, the city councils of Minneapolis and St. Paul are approving a settlement of complaints that the two cities are violating federal fair housing law — an agreement that could result in broad changes to how the region builds affordable housing.

The Minneapolis City Council voted 10-2 Friday to approve the settlement of a legal complaint brought by the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) alleging the cities failed to follow a federal requirement to “affirmatively further fair housing.” The requirement calls for governments that accept federal housing money to not only lessen factors that lead to segregated neighborhoods, but to take steps to foster integration more...



Farhio Khalif, MICAH board member and executive director of Voices of East African Women, along with other Muslim community leaders, met with law enforcement officials to discuss anxiety after terrorists attacks. 

By Stephen Montemayor , Star Tribune March 24, 2016 - 9:17 PM

 

Law enforcement officials and leaders of the Twin Cities Muslim community gathered Thursday to confront the anxiety that has arisen in the days following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Belgium and the high-profile rhetoric they have inspired. 

Plans for the meeting materialized shortly after Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Wednesday referenced Minneapolis’ Somali-American community as an example of where law enforcement efforts could be concentrated while doubling down on calls this week for authorities to be able to patrol Muslim communities. 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.

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