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

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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The America We Need

New York Times · 17 May 2020

Widening gaps in income, wealth and opportunity in the years before the virus hit left everyone more vulnerable to the disease. It undermined the nation’s defenses and weakened its response. Yet the devastation of the pandemic has also created an opportunity to begin to put things right, to ensure that the America that ultimately emerges is more just, more free and less fragile.

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This area’s been told for decades: Segregation won’t work

StarTribune · 22 June 2020

Civil rights advocates have spent 50 years warning Minneapolis that segregation couldn’t work. This month, the region’s persistent racial inequality and social isolation broke out into fiery unrest.

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How COVID-19 has affected the price of rent in the Twin Cities

MinnPost · 18 June 2020

While COVID-19 seems to have blunted the growth of rent prices somewhat, its longer-term effects on rent — and renters — remain unclear.

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America’s Cities Could House Everyone if They Chose To

New York Times · 15 May 2020

Homelessness in the United States is the most extreme manifestation of a broader housing crisis.

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Mapping prejudice: A painful part of Minneapolis history

University of Minnesota · 7 June 2020

This project has uncovered, documented, and mapped the systematic use of property deeds to enforce racial segregation in the Minneapolis area.

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Embattled landlord Frenz sells the last of his Minneapolis buildings, giving control to tenants

StarTribune · 18 May 2020

Low-income tenants in south Minneapolis will gain control of five apartment buildings from embattled ex-landlord Stephen Frenz, ending a bitter fight after complaints of substandard conditions and attempted evictions.

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Just Because You Can Afford to Leave the City Doesn’t Mean You Should

New York Times · 15 May 2020

It’s a mistake to blame density for the spread of the coronavirus. Cities, large and dense by definition, do not inevitably support explosive viral transmission. But factors that do seem to explain clusters of Covid-19 deaths in the United States are household crowding, poverty, racialized economic segregation and participation in the work force. The patterns of Covid-19 by neighborhood in New York City track historical redlining that some 80 years ago established a legacy of racial residential segregation.

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What Happens When Eviction Moratoriums Are Over?

Route Fifty · 22 April 2020

Letting moratoriums expire without putting long-term renter support in place would be devastating. Once moratoriums end, officials say courts will likely be overwhelmed with eviction proceedings.

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As coronavirus spreads in Minnesota, it exposes racial inequalities

StarTribune · 22 April 2020

As COVID-19 continues to take thousands of lives each day in the United States, minorities in particular are being ravaged out of proportion, public health officials say.

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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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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!