Since at least the 1940s, there have been lawsuits nationwide regarding racial segregation and affordable housing. A recent controversial report from the Institute for Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota and a related fair-housing complaint have amplified the discussion in Minnesota.
To help readers consider the issues surrounding racial segregation and affordable housing, MHP has compiled a sampling of reports, studies, and articles from various perspectives on this issue, as well as some historical context. Look for more posts in the coming months, as MHP moves towards formulating a policy position to help guide this important public discussion.
At the March Minnesota Housing Board meeting, the board touched upon many upcoming events. A new board member was introduced, and Commissioner Tingerthal discussed legislative updates and a recent workforce housing editorial. The board weighed in on a draft of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, and the April meeting agenda was also discussed.
In a previous blog post, MHP discussed the nation’s growing need for affordable and accessible senior housing. Thanks to a new, Minnesota study on the demand for senior affordable housing released in November, we can dig deeper and examine the more specific affordable housing needs of Minnesota’s seniors*. Already, 1 in 5 Minnesota counties have populations where more than 40% of residents are age 55 or older, and the number of seniors statewide is expected to increase nearly 40% by 2030. The study, commissioned by a group of housing authorities and developers, highlights four major findings facing Minnesota in the next 15 years, and provides a foundation for housing policy proposals currently being discussed at the Capitol.
Rural Capacity Building Grant award locationsAs the result of a recent federal grant, MHP staff are preparing for work in three rural US communities: Osage County, Oklahoma, the Lakes & Pines Region of E. Central Minnesota, and Bowman and Golden Valley counties in North Dakota. All three communities, which have undertaken extensive planning and strategizing, are poised to implement a wide variety of development projects under the grant.