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

Steve Elkins – StarTribune – 14 February 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…
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Rents See Biggest Jump in Decade

Jim Buchta – StarTribune – 15 February 2020 Average monthly cost in the metro rose 6%, driven by demand in the suburbs. Read more
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2020 Legislature to offer dueling visions for energy policy in face of climate change

Walker Orenstein – MinnPost – 5 February 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. Read more
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Median Twin Cities home price rose to a record $280,000 in 2019

Martin Moylan – MPR News – 5 February 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…
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Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

Bill Lucia – Route Fifty – 4 February 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. Read more
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What shapes a kid’s opportunities? Researchers say look to the neighborhood.

Rachel Siegel – Washington Post – 24 January 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. Read…
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The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

Richard Rothstein – The New York Times – 20 January 2020 Persistent housing segregation lies at the root of many of our society’s problems. Trump wants to make it worse. Read more
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Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools

Jonathan Rothwell – Brookings – 19 April 2012 As the nation grapples with the growing gap between rich and poor and an economy increasingly reliant on formal education, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools in order to promote individual…
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What You Need to Know About How Section 8 Really Works

Maya Miller – ProPublica – 9 January 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. Read more
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Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas – The Connecticut Mirror – 22 May 2019 In southwest Connecticut, the gap between rich and poor is wider than anywhere else in the country. Invisible walls created by local zoning boards and the state government block affordable housing and, by extension, the people who need it. Read more  
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How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas – The Connecticut Mirror – 9 January 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. Read more
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Financially insecure residents can cost cities millions

Diana Elliott – Urban.org – 21 January 2017 Beyond watching their bottom line, cities have a moral imperative to care about residents’ financial health. Can a city be great if only some residents are thriving? Can a city be successful if many residents are close to financial ruin because of a spell of unemployment or…
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