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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What You Need to Know About How Section 8 Really Works

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.

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How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

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.

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California Is Booming. Why Are So Many Californians Unhappy?

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.

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Life in the 2020s: Slower Growth Will Be the New Normal

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.

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Interview with Economist Enrico Moretti

Econ Focus · 2019

Enrico Moretti, an economist at UC Berkeley, has found that the sorting of highly educated Americans into certain communities has led to other communities falling behind.

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Watch 4 Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart

The New York Times · December 2, 2019

The biggest metropolitan areas are now the most unequal.

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Mpls Council Wants to Give Tenants Chance to Purchase Rentals

MinnPost · November 25, 2019

A group of Minneapolis city council members are developing a proposal that would require landlords who want to sell rental homes to give tenants an opportunity to buy the property.

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It’s Time to End the Affordable Housing Crisis Once and For All

StarTribune · Nov 22, 2019

On a single night, more than 10,000 people in Minnesota were homeless last year — the highest number ever recorded.

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Latest Metropolitan Council Growth Forecast

Metropolitan Council · Nov 2019

Regional forecast: Household growth revised downward; population growth expected to slow.

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Researchers Assess Link Between Healthcare and Evictions

Next City · Nov. 2019

A new study suggests that expanding access to healthcare for low-income people is associated with a significant reduction in the rate of evictions.

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The Inflation Gap

The Atlantic · Nov 2019

A new analysis indicates that rising prices have been quietly taxing low-income families more heavily than rich ones.

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Secrets of the World’s Most Livable City

CityLab · Oct 29, 2019

Viennese lawmaker Maria Vassilakou explains why the Austrian capital ranks so high on quality-of-life rankings, despite its rapidly growing population.

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Secret Deal Helped Housing Industry Stop Tougher Rules on Climate Change

The New York Times · October 26, 2019

A secret agreement has allowed the nation’s homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The arrangement, in place for years, guarantees industry representatives a bloc of seats on two powerful committees that recommend building codes.

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When the Dream of Owning a Home Became a Nightmare

The New York Times · October 19, 2019

A federal program to encourage black homeownership in the 1970s ended in a flood of foreclosures.

“Racial discrimination persisted in the new market because it was good business, not simply because the industry was stuck in its old ways. Our failure to fully recognize this history has meant that housing policy continues to uncritically revolve around market-based solutions even as black homeownership rates fall to historic lows. It’s hard to uproot these predatory practices because race has been so important to the real estate industry’s bottom line.”

Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is Asst. Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is an expert on housing policy.

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Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

ProPublica · May 22, 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.

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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!