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.
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.
KARE11 · 18 March (updated 19 March)
With coronavirus inflicting pain on both renters and landlords, both sides are seeking government relief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the family involved in cutting down on the use of plastic.
Indoor activities for families with young children
Little Free Library
Lots of ideas for how to build, install, stock and promote a little free library. A great family project!