- Created: Friday, 01 June 2018 11:19
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
In 1968, Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale authored the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation designed to reverse decades of residential discrimination and segregation. The goal was to usher in a new era of housing equity and racial justice, including in Hennepin County communities. Fifty years later, this vision remains unrealized.
Through an 8-event series with more than a dozen community organizations as co-hosts, “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” will reckon with our dark history of covenants, redlining and structural racism; and convene cross-sector, community-centered conversations to chart a course for housing equity in Hennepin County communities moving forward.
For residents, community leaders and policy makers, housing access and affordability has become a central and urgent issue in cities across Hennepin County. As these diverse stakeholders come together to envision solutions that provide safe, dignified housing for all, Fair Housing Reframed will use the history and current organizing in Hennepin County communities to explore the racial segregation in housing that led to the Fair Housing Act, identify how racialized barriers to housing still manifest today, and create the community and political will to make change.