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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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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What You Need to Know About How Section 8 Really Works

ProPublica · Jan 9, 2020

A guide to the Section 8 program. Learn how to apply, how to qualify for a voucher, and what it’s like to live in Section 8 housing.

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How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

The Connecticut Mirror · Jan 9, 2020

Section 8 vouchers should give low-income people the opportunity to live outside poor communities. But discriminatory landlords, exclusionary zoning and the federal government’s hands-off approach leave recipients with few places to call home.

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California Is Booming. Why Are So Many Californians Unhappy?

The New York Times · Dec 29, 2019

Fire, garbage and homelessness increasingly plague the Golden State. For all its forward-thinking companies and liberal social and environmental policies, the state has mostly put higher-value jobs and industries in expensive coastal enclaves, while pushing lower-paid workers and lower-cost housing to inland areas like the Central Valley.

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Life in the 2020s: Slower Growth Will Be the New Normal

StarTribune · Dec. 28, 2019

The accumulated effects of previous growth rates will widen the gap between slow growers like Minnesota and fast ones like Texas and California.

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