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.


Apartments Built on an Assembly Line

New York Times · 10 September 2021

A California factory cuts the cost of apartment construction by thirty percent.

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As Minnesota, other states struggle to distribute rental assistance money, feds offer new guidelines (and a scolding)

MinnPost · 3 September 2021

So far, Minnesota has distributed just 13 percent of the $375 million in federal money for rental assistance it received in December.

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Homeownership, racial segregation, and policy solutions to racial wealth equity

Brookings · 1 September 2021

Homeownership is often viewed as the entrée to the American dream and the gateway to intergenerational wealth. The loss of wealth in Black communities hastens a downward socioeconomic spiral.

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Homes for Change: Assemble’s FY21 Impact Report

Assemble Communities · 27 August 2021

Assemble is an Australian housing development organization dedicated to creating a better, fairer housing system. They have developed the innovative Build to Rent to Own Model – a hybrid build-to-rent model which offers stable rents, certainty of tenure, financial coaching, and community services to support low to moderate income Australians with a pathway to home ownership.

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The Secret Bias Hidden in Mortgage-Approval Algorithms

The Markup · 25 August 2021

Even accounting for factors lenders said would explain disparities, people of color are denied mortgages at significantly higher rates than white people.

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Denser Cities Could Help Curb Carbon Emissions, if the NIMBYs Allow It

Mother Jones · 25 August 2021

Even self-described progressives resist lifestyle changes.

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About 89% of Rental Assistance Funds Have Not Been Distributed, Figures Show

New York Times · 25 August 2021

The $46.5 billion rental aid program created to pay rent accrued during the pandemic continues to disburse money at a slow pace, as the White House braces for a Supreme Court order that could strike down a new national moratorium on evictions.

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Edina has a new Tenant Protection Ordinance

· 20 August 2021

For the first time, Edina has a tenant protection ordinance, to take effect September 1, 2021. It applies to buildings with affordable rental units and its provisions include written notice of the transfer of ownership, notice of rent increases by a new owner, and, in some cases, relocation assistance.

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Opinion: Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Take Over Hotels.

New York Times · 19 August 2021

Each side of the housing debate has a raft of prescriptions, whether mass public housing, upzoning, the unfettered building of market-rate apartments, or the construction of thousands of tiny structures for the unhoused.

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Is There Racism in the Deed to Your Home?

New York Times · 17 August 2021

For much of the 20th century, it was common practice to insert racial covenants into deeds. The covenants targeted people who were Asian, Latino and Jewish, but especially those who were Black.

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Housing Discrimination: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

YouTube · 26 July 2021

In this video, John Oliver outlines the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage created, and what can be done about it.

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How Twin Cities housing rules keep the metro segregated

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.

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EXPLAINER: Will new CDC moratorium keep tenants housed?

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.

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Homeownership study asks, ‘Who owns the Twin Cities?’

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.

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The soaring market that threatens to derail the economic recovery

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.

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