Deeply concerned about discussions regarding the possible expiration or addition of new exemptions to the statewide eviction moratorium, Equity in Place sent the following letter to Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, Commissioner Ho on June 30. Download the PDF of the letter here. Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, Commissioner Ho, As housing policy advocates, organizers,…

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the undeniable connection between housing justice and community health. Building on the strong base of organizing in the Twin Cities, the current crisis has mobilized more renters and allies to demand that both short term relief and longer-term policy change center the needs and leadership of tenants and communities of…

Tomorrow, St. Paul City Council will discuss and vote on amendments to the S.A.F.E. Housing ordinance. While some amendments strengthen the protections for tenants, there are some amendments that will gut the protections and significantly weaken them.  If you live in St. Paul, tell your councilmember (emails and numbers below) by 3 p.m. on Wednesday…

George Floyd mural (in progress) by Alliance staff, Ricardo Perez, & WSCO organizer, Sebastian Rivera Last week, we witnessed a brazen and cruel example of Minneapolis police officers violently enacting the white-centering concept of public safety that pathologizes Black bodies in public space and dehumanizes people of color to the point of callously extinguishing life….

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into the spotlight the role of “essential” workers — who are disproportionately low-wealth, immigrant and communities of color —  and revealed the racialized and ableist gaps in the essential services those workers need to protect their health and meet their daily needs — including safe, reliable public transit. At our…

In recent election cycles in the Twin Cities, we’ve seen local organizing efforts and groundbreaking campaigns that have elevated leaders of color to local, county and state policy-making positions. But equity doesn’t end with representation. How are organizers and electeds working to advance participatory processes and co-governance that truly shift power and advance policies that…

(From left) ACER organizer, Hamza Hassan, with Huntington Place tenant leaders Fred, Annett and Barb The campaign to keep more than 3,000 residents in their homes in Brooklyn Park started long before the issues at Huntington Place made headlines in local media. Before the property was on the radar of a nonprofit buyer, before the…

For years, community-based organizations in St. Paul have been engaging and organizing with tenants who have been calling on city leaders to pass policies that protect the rights of the growing number of renter households. Today, the city council released a proposed ordinance that takes the first steps in following that lead toward tenant protections. …

To the general public, Michael McDowell might be a familiar face as one of the forefront leaders of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis during the height of public demonstrations around the police killings of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. But, to local organizers, McDowell has been a force for justice on a number of issues, from…

In 2018 and 2019, community-based organizations that are members of Equity in Place received funding from the Fair Housing Implementation Council and the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative to conduct community engagement around fair housing issues in local communities. Through engagement with hundreds of renter households, African Career, Education and Resource Inc (ACER), Jewish Community…