There are so many impactful groups across the Twin Cities to support on Give to the Max Day today, including the more than 30 community-based member organizations of the Alliance. But this year is special for us. We’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary and a leadership transition. In honor of this milestone, Russ Adams and Joo…

As the City of Minneapolis considers its 2020 municipal budget, The Alliance’s Policy Advocate, Tram Hoang, provided testimony at the first public hearing, lifting up the need for robust investments in affordable and equitable housing. Read her testimony.

For years, the Alliance has played a key role in advancing inclusionary zoning as a means to increase affordable housing production. As a member of the Make Homes Happen coalition, Alliance Policy Advocate, Tram Hoang, co-authored this letter sent on November 6, 2019 to Grounded Solutions Network and Andrea Brennan, Director of Housing Policy and…

In partnership with Housing Justice Center, the Alliance recently filed a complaint against the City of Arden Hills related to its intentional exclusion of truly affordable housing at the massive Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site. Now the Met Council is poised to approve Arden Hills’ Comprehensive Plan, which is demonstrably untrue, inconsistent with…

At our October 2019 Actualizing Equity event, Chai Lee, Metropolitan Council Member and Program Manager for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute at Nexus Community Partners; Ashwat Narayanan, Executive Director at Our Streets Minneapolis; and Tia Williams, Co-director at the Frogtown Neighborhood Association shared their experiences and strategies to participate in and change these processes to instigate real and lasting value for our communities.

After more than seven years as a member representative, board member and staff leader, Joo Hee Pomplun stepped into her new role as Executive Director at the Alliance, replacing Russ Adams, on October 25. In this short post she reflects on the future of the Alliance in the near- and long-term.

Our September 2019 Actualizing Equity event included a panel discussion and collaborative visioning session to continue the leadership of Community Stabilization Project and set a new trajectory for equitable, not just affordable, housing.

Since September 2018, when Associate Director Maura Brown and I began planning for my departure from the Alliance, my mind has been filled with warm remembrances and my heart with deep gratitude. Over the past year, the transition process has left me with equal feelings of satisfaction for the pathways we’ve traveled together and anticipation and excitement for where we’re headed.

If you followed the campaign to pass the recent tenant protection ordinance in Minneapolis, Ivory Taylor may already be a familiar face. Drawing on her lived experience of growing up in a mixed-race family that faced economic insecurity and housing instability, and her work organizing with tenants through HOME Line, Taylor has spoken publicly and powerfully in recent months about the urgent need for renters’ rights in front of the press and elected officials. Given her recent leadership shift from AmeriCorps VISTA Organizer to Lead Tenant Organizer and VISTA Program Director, we sat down with her to learn more about how she got into this work, her approach to organizing — and the best concert she’s seen this year. 

Like so many overlooked infrastructure investments, the Elk Creek Interceptor could have easily slipped under the radar. But in 1994, a small group of advocates turned a spotlight on the massive sewer infrastructure project, mobilizing hundreds of suburban residents to hold the Metropolitan Council accountable — and ignite a coalition movement for regional equity.