- Created: Tuesday, 25 October 2016 06:47
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
This month, MHP released a new report that examines the pace, price and locations of more than 1,000 apartment property sales in the seven-county metro region. The findings are clear: Over the past decade, renters at low- to moderate- income levels have had an increasingly difficult time finding affordable housing. The report includes the experiences of both renters and leaders advocating for change. Karlee Weinmann spoke with Eric Hauge, lead tenant organizer at HOME Line.
Eric Hauge’s phone has been ringing a lot lately.
But that’s to be expected for an organizer at HOME Line, a tenant advocacy group at the center of a burgeoning Twin Cities housing crisis. When property owners’ new plans force out existing tenants, many of them turn to HOME Line for support as they venture out into the increasingly challenging rental market.
It’s tough to imagine a fair fight between property owners and under-resourced tenants. Still, Hauge and his group have worked consistently for months to shift the power balance toward renters. But that’s a tall order when hundreds of tenants — and counting — face displacement.