MICAH Northeast Annual Affordable Housing Bus Tour
October 16 2018

  • Over 900 children in the Northeast area school districts are homeless.
  • Seniors of limited means face limited options.
  • Twin Cities - 2 bedroom apartments require nearly $21/hour to afford.
  • Rentals are full and our shelters cannot find spaces for our people.
  • We need action on affordable housing in our area.

Join us as we host political leaders, city staff, faith leaders and concerned people on this Affordable Housing Bus Tour, for a first-hand look at housing options across the spectrum. -- This tour is free and open to all.

11:15 AM The tour begins at the Community Resource Center at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Lane. Great Hall door #6. Pick up your box lunch (please RSVP*).

11:30 AM Board the bus for touring St. Andrew's Family Shelter, Hugo, Forest Ridge Townhomes, Forest Lake. Review Rush Line, Bellaire/Cty E, and Habitat Homes in White Bear Lake.

1:30 PM Return to St. Andrews.

RSVP by 10/10 to Paul Kadera at pjkadera@gmail.com
(vegetarian & gluten free lunch options available)

Newly elected council member to focus on renters and affordable housing
From an article in the St. Paul Monitor, by Stephanie Fox

Mitra Jalali Nelson has been an organizer for grassroots issues most of her adult life. Now, as the newly elected member of St. Paul’s City Council, she says she wants to start organizing from within the power structure. Nelson plans on focusing her efforts toward transit sustainability, police accountability, and finding ways to advance economic equity in the local economy.

But, at the top of her list is affordable housing. Read more.

The St. Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) Housing Waiting List Closing Oct 1, 2018 

PHA will stop accepting applications for its public housing program on October 1, 2018 until further notice. Effective on this date, the PHA will not be accepting applications for any bedroom size. 

For more information: https://www.housinglink.org/SubsidizedHousing/Hous...

"Being the Change in Our Communities"
MICAH's Annual Celebration June 5th, 2018 featured Annual Report
and Community Hero Awards

Watch the Minnesota Lynx with MICAH, August 12, 4:30

MICAH (Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing) is honored to be the featured nonprofit for the MN Lynx Family Night on August 12, 2018. Please join us for an exciting night of basketball. Prior to the game our group will be meeting to view MICAH's new afforadable housing public service announcement which was produced by Lynx organization. Your Lynx ticket allows you early entry to the arena for pregame warmups. Your support will help us continue our advocacy work to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe decent, accessible and affordable place to call home.

Buy tickets here

MICAH receives Collective Impact Award from HOMECo

MICAH wants to thank HOMECo (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative) for awarding MICAH the Collective Impact Award on June 26, 2018.

According to Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH: We give all honor, praise and thanks to God who called us to love and treat others as ourselves and to create welcoming communities. God worked through all of us, to increase the resources and opportunities for our diverse community members to develop wealth through Home ownership!

La Shella Sims, MICAH organizer and leader in the African American Leadership Forum, introduced David McGee, Executive Director of Build Wealth to MICAH in 2013, to address the disparities in home ownership between Caucasian and diverse communities. We worked together to develop the support of over 30 diverse organizations to pass the HOME Law and increase resources in Minnesota Housing.

MICAH Board Members, Hector Garcia, Jean Lee, Farhio Khalif and Catherine Fleming as well as MICAH Staff, La Shella Sims, Amanda Kappes-Peterson, John Slade and Sue Watlov Phillips were key MICAH players in assisting in the organizing and passing of the HOME Law.

We commend HOMECo for their excellent work in the community!

May God continue to guide us as we work together to ensure every one, without exception has a decent, safe, accessible and affordable home. May we listen and be in what God is creating and blessing each day!

Feds give green light to METRO Gold Line
Project design and engineering will gear up early this year, Metropolitan Council continues to move forward with management of the project
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project an important approval, one of the first steps to a transit line which would connect thousands of East Metro residents with jobs and opportunities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The FTA officially granted Gold Line entry into the project development phase of the federal New Starts program, which funds major transit projects across the country. The designation means local spending will now be eligible for potential matching federal funds in the future.  Continue 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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