- Created: Thursday, 21 July 2016 11:53
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
When it comes to regional planning for fair housing, the Twin Cities could soon be a model for the rest of the nation.
In May, a group of government officials and community leaders started a year-long process to more deeply investigate the barriers to fair housing faced by communities of color and rewrite a key document that informs how federal dollars flow into the Twin Cities region.
Precipitated by a legal complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) brought by several community groups, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul joined by other local government grantees of HUD agreed to go back to the table — a new table shared with representatives of communities of color — and dig deeper into its Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.
"Families deserve real housing choice and increased opportunity to move ahead," Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity said in a May statement. "These agreements place Minneapolis and St. Paul at the forefront of city and regional planning that incorporates fair housing as one of its stated goals.”
How will that happen? Who’s involved? What’s the plan? MHP was tapped by HUD as the facilitator of the process — one that is complicated and challenging, but also rich with authentic dialogue and community engagement that aims to get at the root of housing inequity in the region.
Here’s the who, what, when, where and why of this important process.