The Link: Not All Housing Units Are Created Equal
This edition of the Link includes a new report on the impact of upzoning in communities of color; an assessment of environmental justice policy in U.S. Climate Alliance states (including MN); a study on the impact of bike lanes on displacement; articles on the slow distribution of rental assistance in Minnesota, the case for rent stabilization in St. Paul and radically reinventing leadership; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: What’s Different When Community Collects the Data?
This edition of the Link includes the recap from our Actualizing Equity event on livability and community development; new reports on the impact of climate change on Minnesota’s workforce; articles on St. Paul eliminating parking minimums, Minneapolis city council revising its plan for a polluted public works site and “New climate legislation finally gives back to Native communities;” events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Did Last Summer’s Black Lives Matter Protests Change Anything?
This edition of the Link includes a recording of the latest community update from the Blue Line Coalition, analysis by the Star Tribune that finds 73% of residential land in the Twin Cities is governed by local zoning ordinances that only allow single-family homes; articles on “Minnesota’s economic recovery in 8 charts” and “Demand for food and housing aid jumped during COVID; ACER jumped in to provide help;” events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Community Ownership Takes Center Stage
This edition of the Link includes a new series from Shelterforce focused on community ownership of land and housing; a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on the gap between wages and rent in every state, county and metro area; a recording of our July Actualizing Equity event on the Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard; articles on the progress of the Black Women’s Wealth Alliance, tenant opportunity to purchase in Minneapolis, the implications of a new Clean Cars law in Minnesota, and “A New Story of Safety” in the Jewish community; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: How Ignoring Public Transit Sets Students Up To Fail
This edition of the Link includes a recap of our May Actualizing Equity event on Just Transition; a new report that quantifies the health impacts of clean energy by race and ethnicity; a dynamic map overlaying child care deserts with other demographic factors; articles on equity benchmarks at the US Department of Transportation, redevelopment of the Sears site in St. Paul and the missing ingredient for transformative change around fossil fuels in Minnesota; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: How Homeowners Of Color Are Threatened By Climate Change — And Climate Policy
This edition of the Link includes a new report and data dashboard that highlight the shifts in transit use in major metro areas; the “State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; an introduction to and strategies for “hybrid” online spaces from Training for Change; articles on “What’s in MN’s $7 billion transportation bill,” the eviction moratorium offramp and the Hennepin County Climate Action Plan; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Who Owns the Twin Cities?
This edition of the Link includes a new report from the Urban Institute that examines the racial gaps in homeownership and displacement, as well as the increasing prominence of corporate single-family rental property ownership in the Twin Cities; the video recording of our May Actualizing Equity event on just transition and climate justice; a new resource on “How to Talk About Native Nations;” articles on the impact of proposed light rail in the Harrison neighborhood, the campaign to put rent stabilization on the St. Paul ballot, the statewide eviction moratorium and re-development of business corridors in the Twin Cities; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?
This edition of the Link includes a new video focused on rebuilding, restoring and reimagining cultural and BIPOC-owned business corridors in Minneapolis and St. Paul; a new report on “Creating Community Controlled, Deeply Affordable Housing;” an upcoming offering on “Practices of Visionary Organizing;” a commentary from the Business Resource Collective on the priorities necessary to support BIPOC-owned businesses before the end of the special legislative session; articles, events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Renters Reclaim the Record
This edition of the Link includes a list of 31 Anti-Racist To-Dos this Asian Heritage Month from Asian American Organizing Project; the new “Renters Reclaim the Record” initiative from member organization Housing Justice Center; a new poll from MN350 that shows the majority of Minnesotans support clean energy; a new report on “How Housing Acquisition Strategies Can Create Affordable Housing, Stabilize Neighborhoods, and Prevent Displacement;” articles, events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: How A St. Paul Site Fight Exemplifies White Supremacy In Planning
This edition of the Link includes responses to common narrative refrains that perpetuate white supremacy in planning; the recap from our March Actualizing Equity event focused on transit and transportation; a commentary from Equity in Place emphasizing that an “End to eviction ban must not lead to eviction boom”;” articles on “Economic pressures threaten waves of change on St. Paul’s West Side” and “The True Cost of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap;” events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Brooklyn Center renters suffer aggressive police tactics
This edition of the Link includes the Alliance’s statement on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict; a Governor Walz Climate Action Report Card from a coalition of climate and environmental justice organizations; a co-created letter from more than 50 organizations (including the Alliance) calling for an immediate end to “Operation Safety Net;” articles on the impact of aggressive police tactics on Brooklyn Center renters, the road to removing police from traffic enforcement and updates on the St. Paul SAFE Housing ordinance and statewide eviction moratorium; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Trauma Informed Community Development Toolkit
This edition of the Link includes a new resource that provides trauma-informed tools and practices for community development engagement; a study from Housing Justice Center and Family Housing Fund on tenant screening and selection methods; analysis of “The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Minnesota”; articles on the launch of the rent stabilization campaign in St. Paul, transit bills at the state legislature related to fare evasion and the “need to talk about our toxic obsession with productivity”; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: How Unfair Property Taxes Keep Black Families From Gaining Wealth
This edition of the Link includes new self-care coloring sheets from our December Actualizing Equity event; a new resource from Equity in Place articulating policy recommendations for the end of the eviction moratorium; Minnesota Housing Partnership’s biennial “State of the State’s Housing” report; a statement from the Blue Line Coalition on the announcement of the proposed new routes; a commentary from The Alliance and partners “In support of an anti-displacement agenda;” reporting on how unfair property taxes keep black families from gaining wealth; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Moving from Affordable to Equitable Housing
This edition of the Link includes a new resource that identifies the key components of a housing model that goes beyond the cost of rent to include critical aspects of access, stability, community and systems change; data dashboards on the renter eviction crisis and MN COVID vaccinations by race; a commentary from Housing Equity Now St Paul on the SAFE Housing ordinance and the need for rent stabilization; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: “Can A Land Bridge Restore What A Black Community Lost?”
This edition of the Link includes a 2021 Policy Addendum from Equity in Place focused on statewide and COVID-related housing justice issues; the recap of our “Actualizing Equity in the 2021 State Legislative Session” event; a new series on “Decolonization and Radical Indigenous Futures;” articles on the Reconnect Rondo proposal for a land bridge over I-94, the power outages in Texas as preview for future grid failures under climate change, and the impact of $15 minimum wage on housing affordability; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: “Our AREA 2021” Updates And Evolves Alliance Regional Equity Agenda!
This edition of the Link highlights the release of Our AREA 2021, which updates and evolves the Alliance Regional Equity Agenda with input and insight from nearly 40 community leaders over the course of the 2020 Actualizing Equity event series. Read the Link >
The Link: Can an “Activist HUD” Make Housing a Human Right?
This edition of the Link includes a new Mapping Prejudice Action Guide that breaks down the relevance of racial covenants and their legacy today; a New Deal for Housing: A Playbook for the New Administration from Community Change that proposes a bold set of federal actions the new administration and Congress could take in the first 200 days; video recaps from the Smart Growth America Equity Summit; articles on the most diverse state legislature in Minnesota history, an update on the Upper Harbor Terminal project in Minneapolis and “Striking Racial Disparities In Who’s Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine;” events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Advancing Antiracism in Community Development
This edition of the Link includes a recap and video clips from our December Actualizing Equity event focused on “Sustaining Ourselves and Our Movements;” a new piece in Shelterforce from the Alliance’s Tram Hoang on “Advancing Antiracism in Community Development;” guidance on the use of the word terrorism in the context of white supremacist violence; articles on the rise of manufactured housing in the Twin Cities and possible delays for the Southwest LRT extension project; events, jobs and more! Read the Link >
The Link: Blue Line Extension Community Survey
This edition of the Link includes a new report from the Coalition of Asian American Leaders on “Redefining Wealth through Communal and Cultural Assets;” a new online data portal, The National Risk Index, that provides a holistic view of community-level risk by combining multiple hazards with socioeconomic and built environment factors; a community survey to guide the process of the Blue Line Extension project; articles, events, jobs and more! Read the Link >