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Too Much Metal and Lead in Air Near North Mpls
KSTP 5 Eyewitness News, Video, 10/23/18 03:34 PM

Neighborhood MICAH housing advocate, Ticiea Fletcher, speaks out about the danger of lead poisoning in our community.

Environmental regulators say poor air quality in north Minneapolis is an urgent problem that needs to be addressed within weeks.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced this week that air quality tests show there is too much lead and metal in the air at an industrial park located south of Lowry Avenue and west of the Mississippi River.

With hundreds wanting to comment on Ford plant redevelopment, hearing will continue next week
By Frederick Melo, fmelo@pioneerpress.com, 09/20/17 9:15 pm

Whitney Clark, president of the Friends of the Mississippi River, said the Ford plant site in St. Paul needs more bluff-edge parkland. Housing activist John Slade likes the density but wants more affordable housing. Youth coach Kevin Cunningham said the city’s zoning plan “is essentially to drop a chunk of Manhattan — the isle of Manhattan — in St. Paul."

MICAH Organizer, La Shella Sims, named to Environmental Justice Advisory Group for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Bulletin, 09/06/2016 09:25 AM CDT

Saint Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, with the assistance of a selection committee, has invited 16 individuals from around Minnesota to advise the MPCA on matters related to environmental justice. The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work

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.”

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Authorities, Twin Cities Muslims gather to discuss anxiety after terror attacks
By Stephen Montemayor , Star Tribune, 03/24/16 09:17 PM

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.

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.

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A class-action lawsuit, alleging housing discrimination by an apartment complex in Richfield, has been settled for $650,000. The complex was formally known as "Crossroads at Penn."

New management renamed the units when it took over in the fall of 2015.The rental units, owned by MSP Crossroads and Soderberg Apartment Specialists, came under fire in 2015 when they announced they would no longer accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers.

With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated
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De Andre Hudson got the bad news on a recent weekday evening when he called the homeless hot line at Simpson United Methodist Church, asking if the city had an open shelter bed.

No luck. Every adult shelter bed in Minneapolis was filled, an advocate who was taking phone calls, told him. It meant another night spent riding the light rail back and forth between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Forty others like Hudson would also be denied.

Minnesota housing needs high-level attention
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