StarTribune · 7 August 2021
At least 73% of residential land in the Twin Cities is governed by local zoning ordinances that only allow single-family detached homes, according to a Star Tribune analysis of 2019 land use regulations from 102 metro communities. Additional regulations — such as the size of the lot or the number of garage stalls — drive up the cost of those homes and are common throughout the metro.
StarTribune · 4 August 2021
The new ban would temporarily halt evictions in counties with “substantial and high levels” of virus transmission and is expected to cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives.
StarTribune · 24 July 2021
Urban Institute researchers published a report titled “Who Owns the Twin Cities?” in which they investigated who owns homes across the metro area and how property ownership has changed over recent decades. They found there has been a growing number of investor landlords, or landlords who own more than three properties, and an increase in single-family rentals. As a result, poor and BIPOC residents have been displaced.
Politico · 11 July 2021
With home prices already up about 15 percent from last year and rents soaring at nearly triple their normal rate in just the first six months of 2021, there’s growing concern that housing costs could soon begin to nudge inflation higher.
In a bid to offer more affordable housing options, Minneapolis council members propose bringing back the rooming house
MinnPost · 12 July 2021
There used to be many rooming house units in Minneapolis and cities across the country until they were deemed undesirable “blight” that were demolished during the latter half of the 20th century. But as homelessness worsened around the nation, the SRO model has resurfaced as a low-barrier way to offer housing.
MinnPost · 22 June 2021
Despite the overall wealth of the metro area, there’s no starker sign of its segregation of opportunity than the wide gulf between Black and white homeownership rates, the largest in the nation.
Converting a former newspaper building to affordable apartments took a developer’s passion and government assistance to come together
Appleton Post-Crescent · 14 June 2021
A building on the National Register of Historic Places is being converted into affordable apartments in Appleton, Wisconsin.
StarTribune · 29 May 2021
Previously affordable homes have been bought up by private equity. Nationwide, millions of families rent from real estate investment trusts or private equity firms. Critics accuse the institutional investors-turned-landlords of trying to maximize profits through relentless rent hikes while neglecting the costly upkeep of old homes.
MinnPost · 10 May 2021
Of Minnesota households behind on rent, 60 percent are people of color, 43 percent report being unemployed, 75 percent earn less than $50,000 a year and 71 percent report having lost income during the pandemic.
StarTribune · 1 May 2021
The fundamental reason for the increasing cost of housing (relative to other goods) is that the construction sector employs an outdated and inefficient technology.
New York Times · 19 April 2021
Economically discriminatory zoning policies — which say that you are not welcome in a community unless you can afford a single-family home, sometimes on a large plot of land — are not part of a distant, disgraceful past. In most American cities, zoning laws prohibit the construction of relatively affordable homes — duplexes, triplexes, quads and larger multifamily units — on three-quarters of residential land.
StarTribune · 17 April 2021
With moderately priced houses on the verge of extinction, Edina’s housing authority earlier this year sent thousands of unsolicited offers to owners of the most affordable houses in the city encouraging them to sell to a local nonprofit that then resells houses to working-class families for significantly less than they might otherwise pay.
New York Times · 15 March 2021
A lawsuit by a watchdog group claims that its undercover investigation found widespread bias against tenants receiving federal housing assistance.
New York Times · 20 March 2021
Black Americans are often unable to build wealth from homeownership in the same way their white peers are, in large part because home prices are generally set by the people who make up the majority of buyers: white Americans.