Actualizing Equity Event Series
Thanks to decades of tireless work from community leaders, equity has become a familiar term across sectors. In recent years, many public and private institutions have actively acknowledged and taken steps to integrate equity into their work — but our communities know that even the most well-intentioned programs or practices will not bring the transformative changes we need if they continue to be embedded within deeply inequitable systems. In 2020, our Actualizing Equity event series will clarify those disconnects, and amplify our visions to advance true, transformative equity in growth and development in the Twin Cities region.
Affordable & Equitable Housing
The Alliance is elevating awareness about our region’s affordable housing crisis and moving public officials to discuss important policies and investments. We have organized this work under 5 Pillars of Affordable Housing Policy: power of renters and communities most impacted to have lasting influence on decision-making processes, placement of housing to ensure access to essential daily needs, protection of tenants from housing instability and displacement, preservation of existing affordable housing at truly affordable levels in good condition, and production of new housing units at a diversity of affordability levels.
Blue Line Coalition
The Alliance convenes the Blue Line Coalition, which is focused on building community-based power to advance local and regional equity and community health by securing community benefits, changing policies and systems to support the creation of wealth and well-being of historic communities of color, immigrant/refugees, migrants, people living with disabilities and low-income communities along the Blue Line Extension Corridor.
Business Resource Collective
Building on years of work around economic development, the Alliance partnered with Hennepin and Ramsey counties in 2020 to convene a partnership of small business community development organizations and place-based organizations working with BIPOC businesses and cultural corridors to ensure our communities’ entrepreneurs and businesses are not being left out of the programs intended to provide relief to businesses impacted by COVID.
Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard
The Alliance partnered with the Harrison Neighborhood Association, Umoja Community Development Corporation, and members of the Community Engagement Steering Committee to create the Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard, which helps communities ensure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice, and affordability are available to all residents. We are now working with local communities of color and low-income communities to pilot the tool to advance equitable development in the region. A Scorecard Enthusiasts group has come together to provide resources that make the Scorecard more accessible.
Equity in Place
Equity in Place is a diverse group of strategic partners from place-based, housing, and advocacy organizations that believe that everyone in the Twin Cities region deserves to live where they want to live and have access to opportunity. Equity in Place influences planning and investments that will shape the future of the Twin Cities region. The coalition is convened by the Alliance and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
The Alliance provides core staff and strategy support to HIRE Minnesota, a campaign to end employment disparities in Minnesota. Minnesota is home to some of the worst employment disparities in the country. But HIRE Minnesota has set an ambitious goal: to bring our state from worst to first in employment equity.
Housing Equity Now St. Paul (HENS)
The Alliance provides leadership within HENS (Housing Equity Now Saint Paul), a growing coalition of groups rooted in community — specifically low-wealth and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities most affected by economic inequality.
Our AREA: Alliance Regional Equity Agenda
Our AREA: The Alliance Regional Equity Agenda is a strategic document centered around the needs and aspirations of people of color, indigenous, immigrant, and low-income communities. It highlights the strategies Alliance members and partners are using and calls for further collective action to heal communities, stimulate regenerative power, dismantle structural racism, and end the displacement and gentrification of our communities.
Southwest LRT Equity Commitments
The Alliance supports a network of community-based organizations focused on how communities of color can benefit from the Southwest LRT project. We have developed targeted strategies that will create wealth and economic opportunity. This transitway is a critical opportunity to increase economic prosperity and advance racial equity in North Minneapolis, as well as across the greater city and region.