Edina Neighbors for Affordable Housing (ENAH) is an all-volunteer organization of Edina residents who believe that Edina should be an equitable, welcoming, and sustainable community with senior and workforce housing available for people of all income levels at all stages of life.

News

Embattled landlord Frenz sells the last of his Minneapolis buildings, giving control to tenants

StarTribune · 18 May 2020

Low-income tenants in south Minneapolis will gain control of five apartment buildings from embattled ex-landlord Stephen Frenz, ending a bitter fight after complaints of substandard conditions and attempted evictions.

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Just Because You Can Afford to Leave the City Doesn’t Mean You Should

New York Times · 15 May 2020

It’s a mistake to blame density for the spread of the coronavirus. Cities, large and dense by definition, do not inevitably support explosive viral transmission. But factors that do seem to explain clusters of Covid-19 deaths in the United States are household crowding, poverty, racialized economic segregation and participation in the work force. The patterns of Covid-19 by neighborhood in New York City track historical redlining that some 80 years ago established a legacy of racial residential segregation.

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What Happens When Eviction Moratoriums Are Over?

Route Fifty · 22 April 2020

Letting moratoriums expire without putting long-term renter support in place would be devastating. Once moratoriums end, officials say courts will likely be overwhelmed with eviction proceedings.

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As coronavirus spreads in Minnesota, it exposes racial inequalities

StarTribune · 22 April 2020

As COVID-19 continues to take thousands of lives each day in the United States, minorities in particular are being ravaged out of proportion, public health officials say.

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Gov. Walz announces halt to eviction proceedings amid coronavirus

StarTribune · March 24,2020

The governor said in a news conference call from self-imposed quarantine that landlords and financial institutions cannot start eviction proceedings during the state’s peacetime emergency for the virus. Walz said halting evictions was necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus and it would be “not only personally cruel, but counterproductive to what we’re trying to do” if people did not have a home to stay in.

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Coronavirus crisis drives housing advocates’ push for rent and mortgage relief

Axios · March 20, 2020

Without a place to stay, it’s next to impossible to maintain the “social distance” necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Renters, landlords seek relief during coronavirus economic tailspin

KARE11 · 18 March (updated 19 March)

With coronavirus inflicting pain on both renters and landlords, both sides are seeking government relief.

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Report: Many Minnesota college students struggle to afford food, housing

StarTribune · March 8, 2020

Nearly half of Minnesota college and university students cannot consistently afford their housing costs, while more than one-third struggle to pay for adequate food, according to a new report.

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Rents See Biggest Jump in Decade

StarTribune · Feb 15, 2020

Average monthly cost in the metro rose 6%, driven by demand in the suburbs.

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Twin Cities Housing: The ‘Flaming Hoops’ Separating Builders and Cities

StarTribune · Feb 14, 2020

By the Metropolitan Council’s estimates, the average of 9,500 housing units we’ve been building per year over the past decade is 30% less than the 14,000 units per year we need to keep up with demand. The affordable housing picture is worse; we’re building just one-fifth of what’s needed.

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Median Twin Cities home price rose to a record $280,000 in 2019

MPR News · Feb 5, 2020

The Minneapolis Area Realtors group said the median selling price for area homes rose nearly 6 percent last year to $280,000. That benchmark has now increased by more than 5 percent every year since 2012. Prices are well above those reached in the housing bubble more than a decade ago.

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2020 Legislature to offer dueling visions for energy policy in face of climate change

MinnPost · Feb 5, 2020

A January hearing in Rochester previewed debate in the upcoming legislative session that begins on Feb. 11 over how far and how fast the state should restrict fossil fuels to reduce the effects of climate change.

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Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

Route Fifty · Feb 4, 2020

Rent is increasingly posing an outsized financial burden for households earning between $30,000 and $75,000 a year, according to new research from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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What shapes a kid’s opportunities? Researchers say look to the neighborhood.

Washington Post · Jan 24, 2020

A child’s neighborhood can predict how they’ll do in life, new research finds. A Brandeis University study finds stark divides along racial and ethnic lines, as well as glaring “opportunity gaps” — even in adjoining neighborhoods. A link to the full report is available here.

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The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

The New York Times · Jan 20, 2020

Persistent housing segregation lies at the root of many of our society’s problems. Trump wants to make it worse.

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Tips

Washington Post

DoubleTree’s chocolate chip cookie recipe almost tastes like a vacation

There are many fans of these cookies, and DoubleTree just released the recipe.

https://www.erinbromage.com (blog)

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies with other coronaviruses, it appears that only small doses may be needed for infection to take hold.

New York Times

Older and Stuck at Home? Expert Advice on Fitness

Experts who study exercise and aging offer tips for older adults during the coronavirus lockdown.

Tipnuts

50+ Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make: Free Patterns

Get the family involved in cutting down on the use of plastic.

Family Education

Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Indoor activities for families with young children

U of MN Extension

Tune in to learning, nature and family to reduce COVID-19 stress

MPR News

Free ebooks from the “National Emergency Library”

Little Free Library

Create a Little Free Library

Lots of ideas for how to build, install, stock and promote a little free library. A great family project!