The Alliance is elevating awareness about our region’s housing crisis and moving public officials to discuss important policies and investments. We have organized this work under 3 Pillars: preservation of current affordable housing, production of new units, and protection of tenants from exploitative, ineffective landlords.
The Alliance supports coalitions addressing all the pillars of affordable housing needs, including efforts to:
- Develop a more equitable tenant screening process.
- Preserve existing affordable homes such as those at Arden Manor manufactured home park.
- Secure affordability and equitable development outcomes at large-scale development sites like the former Ford Auto Plant in Saint Paul, the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills, the Towerside project near University/Prospect Park, and the Upper Harbor Terminal in Minneapolis.
- Move decision makers to create housing policies that better serve people of color, immigrants, indigenous people, people with disabilities and low wealth communities.
The Alliance is a key member of the Make Homes Happen coalition. Together we held multiple candidate forums in Minneapolis in 2017 to educate the public and policy makers about our housing needs. As part of Make Homes Happen, we are advocating a major boost in the Minneapolis affordable housing trust fund: $50 million per year in dedicated, locally sourced funding.
The Alliance is also taking a lead role in Minneapolis to advocate for Inclusionary Zoning policies. As the city contemplates its new Comprehensive Plan, we are calling for intentional affordable housing requirements that are tied to discretionary zoning decisions, site plan reviews and approvals. This means that policies that would increase residential density or offer up-zoning must be linked to affordable housing goals. We are calling on city leaders to leverage their land use and planning powers to secure real affordability commitments for low wage workers, persons with disabilities, seniors on fixed incomes, and Section 8 certificate holders.
In early 2017, the Alliance began to build a deep partnership with multiple local and regional housing advocacy groups to form a powerful coalition in the southwest suburb of Eden Prairie. The Alliance provides capacity building and technical support to this effort, which is led by our member group, the New American Development Center. This effort has secured changes in city practices, encouraged the approval of several new affordable housing developments and offered local tenants support in challenging abusive management tactics and poor living conditions.