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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Suburbs find low-income housing out of their grasp

StarTribune · 23 July 2023

Developers say they need more public funding than what cities alone can offer to subsidize housing for people with lower incomes, especially those making less than 30% of the area median income.

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Inflation may be cooling, but the housing market is still too hot for many buyers

MPR News · 20 July 2023

The median home price has risen to $413,800, the second-highest price ever, even as existing-home sales decline. Rental prices have risen 26 percent since Feb. 2020.

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States target ‘junk fees’ that burden rental households

Route Fifty · 19 July 2023

The White House announced new efforts to improve transparency in the rental market, to ensure renters are told the total cost of fees added to monthly rent costs.

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Boosting affordable housing by reclaiming investor-owned properties

Route Fifty · 6 July 2023

One-quarter of homes sold in 2021 were purchased by outside investors, and many believe this has intensified the affordability crisis via higher rents, lower rates of individual homeownership and less affordable neighborhoods.

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A different kind of green bank—one that targets affordable housing

Route Fifty · 21 June 2023

The state of Massachusetts launched the Massachusetts Community Climate Bank in an effort to create more climate-friendly, affordable housing.

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Minnesota health organizations working to create affordable housing

MinnPost · 14 June 2023

Improving housing will positively impact health care organizations because there are high costs associated with patients who frequently come into the emergency room.

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Affordable Housing Woes Paint a ‘Bleak Picture’

New York Times · 14 June 2023

So many developments have been sidetracked or delayed that some experts expect a “production cliff” to hit in a year or so, meaning fewer new homes coming onto the market.

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Think Globally, Build Like Hell Locally

Mother Jones · May-June 2023

NIMBYs come in a variety of forms, but the most confounding are those who call themselves progressive yet abuse laws conceived to protect the environment in order to block desperately needed housing, driving up costs and fueling homelessness.

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Imagine a Renters’ Utopia. It Might Look Like Vienna.

New York Times · 23 May 2023

Soaring real estate markets have created a worldwide housing crisis. What can we learn from a city that has largely avoided it?

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‘Granny flats’ play surprising role in easing California’s housing woes

Washington Post · 21 May 2023

More than 23,000 ADU permits were issued in California last year, compared with fewer than 5,000 in 2017.

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How finding a home in America became so absurdly expensive

The Guardian · 10 May 2023

The dream of home ownership or an affordable rental is becoming unreachable for many.

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Five takeaways from Minnesota Legislature’s housing deal

StarTribune · 9 May 2023

The $1 billion bill is the most the state has ever spent on housing, but much of the money is one-time cash.

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Minnesota legislative ‘big, big deal’ spends $1B on affordable housing

MinnPost · 9 May 2023

The first-ever tax devoted to affordable housing would raise $200 million a year for housing projects and programs in the seven-county area. It is part of a $1 billion investment in affordability that sponsors and advocates are calling historic.

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Who’s afraid of integration? A lot of people, actually

New York Times · 5 April 2023

Policymakers of good will face the enormous and perhaps insuperable task of restoring integration to center stage while somehow avoiding the political and logistical errors that characterized busing and affirmative action in the past.

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Understand tax increment financing before throwing shade

StarTribune · 6 April 2023

Tax increment financing is often criticized by those who don’t understand it. You just can’t build a building that will be affordable to people with lower incomes unless the costs are subsidized somehow.

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