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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)
What can I do?
2. Attend Second Chance Day on the Hill Wednesday, March 12
Housing Committee Hearing on HF 2112
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?
How many affordable units need to be built in my community?
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.
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: