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.

News

Will the Federal Hammer Come Down on Apartment Bans?

Sightline Institute · 3 September 2020

Momentum has been building for federal action on zoning laws that shut out poor people by banning modest, multi-dwelling homes.

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How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

New York Times · 24 August 2020

In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment. The consequences are being felt today.

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What Happens Next With Affordable Housing?

Route Fifty · 20 August 2020

States and local governments already haven’t been investing enough to help build housing that poor families, and sometimes even middle-class people, can afford. And now funding could be yet another victim of the coronavirus.

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Changing the Federal Reserve mandate could provide a down payment to ending racial inequality

The Conversation · 17 August 2020

The availability of data clearly showing just how wide the racial inequality gap is would put pressure on Congress to find ways to help Black Americans accumulate wealth and the means to secure affordable housing.

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The Black Lives Next Door

New York Times · 14 August 2020

How can we move towards residential desegregation?

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Advancing the Mapping Prejudice project

continuum.umn.edu · 29 July 2020

After exposing structural racism in Hennepin County, the Mapping Prejudice project at the University of Minnesota Libraries has received new funding to develop its digital tools so they can be used by communities across the country.

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A Lot of Americans Are About to Lose Their Homes

The Atlantic · 15 July 2020

The current housing crisis could get messy quickly, but fixing it shouldn’t be complicated, if Congress intervenes.

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Yet another source of inequality: Property taxes

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis · 28 July 2020

Black and Hispanic homeowners face property tax assessment rates 10 to 13 percent higher than non-minority homeowners in same tax jurisdiction.

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Do US parents actually want integrated schools—or just say they do?

Quartz · 11 February 2020

A new study suggests there’s widespread interest among American parents in sending their kids to schools that are substantially integrated. It’s a preference shared across racial lines and income brackets, by mothers and fathers, Democrats and Republicans, and among parents of every level of educational attainment.
So why do families, when given the choice, routinely pick schools that further segregate the system?

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Wave of evictions could be coming for nation’s renters

The Hill · 24 July 2020

The federal moratorium on evictions signed into law in March as part of the CARES Act is set to expire.

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Poll: Pandemic hurting Americans’ finances in disparate ways

StarTribune · 21 July 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, a new poll finds it is having different effects on Americans’ economic well-being. For some, the virus has meant lost income or struggles to pay bills on time — particularly among Hispanic, Black and younger Americans.

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Minneapolis Had This Coming

The Atlantic · 9 June 2020

No group of protesters could devastate south Minneapolis more than years of disinvestment and abandonment already have.

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Housing, Highways and Systemic Racism (podcast)

Minnesota Daily · 25 June 2020

What does systemic racism look like? In this episode, we look at how housing discrimination in theory and in practice in the Twin Cities contributes to the dramatic racial disparities in Minneapolis.

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Evictions are likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hard hit.

Washington Post · 6 July 2020

Eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits are expiring, which will have a bigger effect on minority neighborhoods, experts say.

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Across U.S., millions of vulnerable renters face eviction

StarTribune · 4 July 2020

When the nation’s economy ground to a halt this spring, economists warned that an avalanche of evictions was looming. The federal government and many states rushed to ban them temporarily. Twenty states, including Louisiana, Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin, have since lifted their restrictions, and researchers have tracked thousands of recent eviction filings in places where data is available. Eviction bans in nine other states — including Minnesota — and at the federal level are set to expire by the end of the month.

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Tips

Washington Post

DoubleTree’s chocolate chip cookie recipe almost tastes like a vacation

There are many fans of these cookies, and DoubleTree just released the recipe.

https://www.erinbromage.com (blog)

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies with other coronaviruses, it appears that only small doses may be needed for infection to take hold.

New York Times

Older and Stuck at Home? Expert Advice on Fitness

Experts who study exercise and aging offer tips for older adults during the coronavirus lockdown.

Tipnuts

50+ Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make: Free Patterns

Get the family involved in cutting down on the use of plastic.

Family Education

Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Indoor activities for families with young children

U of MN Extension

Tune in to learning, nature and family to reduce COVID-19 stress

MPR News

Free ebooks from the “National Emergency Library”

Little Free Library

Create a Little Free Library

Lots of ideas for how to build, install, stock and promote a little free library. A great family project!