Housing for all

The socio-economic implications of COVID-19 along with the long-standing issue of wage stagnation for underskilled workers paired with skyrocketing rental costs and lack of long-term affordable housing solutions places black Minnesotans at a very unique crossroads one that presents the opportunity for the community, electeds and grassroots organizations to be creative and intentional to solving the question of housing in the state. A snapshot of the impact is clear when you look here in Minneapolis where houseless community members have come together to build “tent cities” in city parks to provide shelter for our most vulnerable residents when municipal and state governments would not or could not intervene with long term solutions, these patchwork solutions are both unsustainable and half hazard and have been met within some cases with violent opposition from City and Park officials. This alone should point to the fact that we are far away from where we need to be when it comes to housing in Minneapolis.

We believe that housing is a human right. We also believe that community members should have a direct say in what development happens in their community, in understanding this fact our focus is to build a housing program that focuses on three goals.

1. Building an organizing committee of Black residential tenants and houseless Minnesotans committed to building power and winning concrete wins for the Black residents.

2. Supporting the fight for Rent Control in the city of Minneapolis to ensure as development rises in Black communities long-term residents specifically Black residents are not priced out of the neighborhoods they call home.

3. Democratizing development/Anti-Displacement: Our aim is to increase resident involvement and negotiating power in neighborhood and city development projects to push for more affordable housing as well as a connection to employment opportunities on said projects.