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.

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St. Paul zoning changes pave the way for smaller homes, cottage clusters

StarTribune · 20 January 2022

“People have talked about ‘missing middle housing’ as being something that American cities could provide more of or support,” St. Paul Planning Director Luis Pereira said in a presentation to the St. Paul city council. “We’re talking about the lower-density scale of that — duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, cottage or courtyard housing options.”

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More and more Twin Cities suburbs are creating programs to help people of color buy homes

MinnPost · 14 Jan 2022

Woodbury, St. Louis Park and Edina have launched programs, and Minnetonka is considering one.

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Cities Need More Robust Data and Analysis to Better Address the Eviction Crisis

Route Fifty · 6 December 2021

A new report says that localities should build partnerships with courts and organizations to capture more types of data to spot and stop evictions.

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County advancing plans to grow single room occupancy housing

Hennepin County · 7 December 2021

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners recently adopted the Single Room Occupancy Taskforce Report, which lays the groundwork for an aggressive strategy to provide affordable housing for people in the lowest income categories.

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When you look at these neighborhoods, what do you see?

StarTribune · 7 August 2021

The opposition to multifamily housing — and to the people who need to live there — stems in part from decades of local government land-use rules that prioritize single-family housing. Today, however, these rules are increasingly viewed as a major reason that Black and Latino families are essentially shut out of the vast majority of the Twin Cities.

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Rent escrow requirement prevents tenants from challenging poor living conditions, lawyers say

StarTribune · 26 November 2021

The practice of making tenants post back rent with the court to challenge an eviction on habitability issues is “draconian” and unconstitutional, according to an article in Bench & Bar Magazine, the publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

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Accessory Dwelling Units could make a big difference for veteran homelessness in the Twin Cities — if we just allow them to

MinnPost · 18 November 2021

YardHomes, a new public benefit corporation, hopes to boost production of ADUs, and for the time being are specifically building them to house homeless veterans.

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Officials say a shortage of housing, not jobs, is crimping economic development in Greater Minnesota

MinnPost · 23 November 2021

To help its housing crunch, Roseau has had to take unusual measures, morphing essentially into a housing developer and bypassing the private sector. Now, the city is building a $6.8 million apartment complex that is almost entirely funded by the public.

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As Minnesota confronts need for affordable housing, it should also celebrate success stories

MinnPost · 18 November 2021

With more than 5,700 housing units in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburbs, Aeon provides a wide range of housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and those with low incomes — the people who struggle most in a dysfunctional housing market.

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Cities with empty offices see new room to expand housing

Politico · 11 November 2021

After Covid, New York and other cities are weighing whether to convert empty office buildings into affordable housing.

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Twin Cities ‘housing unaffordability’ leaves few options for lowest income families

StarTribune · 23 October 2021

Over the past decade the seven-county metro needed 44,570 affordable houses and apartments, but only a little more than a third of them got built.

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Why Twin Cities housing prices might see some major increases in coming years

MinnPost · 14 October 2021

A recent analysis found that the Twin Cities metro has the tightest vacancy rate in the entire country for cities over 1 million people.

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Counterpoint: On rent control, calmly weigh benefits, costs

StarTribune · 12 October 2021

The debate about rent stabilization is commonly driven by fear and half-truths more than by reasoned assessments of the evidence. Such is the case in conversations across the country, and now in the Twin Cities.

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Where the suburbs end

New York Times · 8 October 2021

A single-family home from the 1950s is now a rental complex and a vision of California’s future.

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Minnesota’s rent help website isn’t working for tenants or landlords — says someone who works with both

MinnPost · 30 September 2021

Kelley Martin is the founder of a small housing nonprofit who also works of a for-profit property management company. Neither side of her work has had much success navigating RentHelpMN.

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