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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Greater Housing Density Would Mean a Better Shot at Grants Under New Biden Plan

Route Fifty · 16 May 2022

A White House initiative would give extra points for transportation dollars to states and localities that allow more multifamily housing in areas reserved for single-family homes.

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Housing shortage, soaring rents squeeze US college students

StarTribune · 26 April 2022

Nationally, 43% of students at four-year universities experienced housing insecurity in 2020, up from 35% in 2019.

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Minnesota eviction filings soared in April

StarTribune · 7 May 2022

Court filings in April 2022 were not only higher than March, but far above pre-pandemic levels.

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Opinion: Stop blaming millennials for the housing crisis

Washington Post · 21 April 2022

Where, exactly, are millennials supposed to live these days?

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The prescription for healthy communities: Investing in housing

MinnPost · 1 April 2022

By providing access to stable housing, we would not only leverage better health outcomes, but also reduce health care costs.

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Rents reach ‘insane’ levels across US with no end in sight

AP News · 20 February 2022

ents have exploded across the country, causing many to dig deep into their savings, downsize to subpar units or fall behind on payments and risk eviction now that a federal moratorium has ended.

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When Private Equity Becomes Your Landlord

ProPublica · 7 February 2022

Amid a national housing crisis, giant private equity firms have been buying up apartment buildings en masse to squeeze them for profit, with the help of government-backed Freddie Mac. Meanwhile, tenants say they’re the ones paying the price.

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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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