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Lack of affordable housing squeezing ever more Minnesotans 15.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A new study indicates the shortfall in affordable housing is growing, squeezing an additional 26,000 households in 2017 compared to two years before.
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Closing the New Affordable Housing Gaps 27.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson A low-income housing complex under construction in St. Louis, Missouri Robert Goldman always kept close tabs on Capitol Hill tax talk. Reform proposals had been bopping around Capitol Hill in recent years, but nothing had happened.  Before the 2016 election, the Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit affordable housing organization in Silver Spring, Maryland, that Goldman heads, had started the intricate financing process required to renovate Parkview Manor, a 1950s-era complex of more than 50 low-rise garden-style apartments that the nonprofit organization owns in Hyattsville, Maryland, a northeastern suburb of Washington. Designed for people of modest means, many housing developers see garden apartments as a tear-down worthy relics of a bygone era. Luxury buildings with more and smaller apartments are all the rage now, ones that command higher rent than fewer dwellings on a larger tract of land can. But since MHP owns the affordable housing development, Parkview ...
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Report: Affordable housing is a problem statewide 13.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A Minnesota Housing Partnership report found that someone who's working full time and earning minimum wage can't afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment in any of Minnesota's counties.
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Turkey's President Erdogan has gone to extremes to win Sunday's referendum. Here's why. 14.4.2017 Washington Post
Turkey's President Erdogan has gone to extremes to win Sunday's referendum. Here's why.
Minnesota's retirement population is about to explode. Are we ready? 31.12.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

By some standards -- in particular, those of AARP -- Minnesota is the best place to retire in the country.

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Animas Park for Mobile Homes in Durango bought by investor 2.12.2015 Durango Herald
Animas Park for Mobile Homes is officially under new ownership as of Tuesday.Dave Reynolds, real estate investor and principal owner of MHP Funds, said his company closed Monday and finalized details Tuesday on the property off Animas View Drive with no plans of redeveloping.“As far as the park there, we just plan to...
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Higher rents throughout Minnesota cause affordability challenges 19.8.2015 MinnPost
After adjusting for inflation, rents have increased in 82 of Minnesota's 87 counties since 2000, with some of the steepest rises coming outside the Twin Cities. Those higher housing costs are putting pressure on many low-income people and seniors, according to a report today from the Minnesota Housing Partnership . The report says nine Greater Minnesota counties have seen rents rise by 30 percent or more since 2000. At the same time, median renter income fell statewide by 17 percent, the report said. Other findings in the report: Rental construction has been at or near a standstill in half of the state's counties. From 2009 to 2014, half of Minnesota's counties had a total of 20 or fewer new multifamily units permitted. Lack of new supply contributes to rising rents. No county has a sufficient supply of rental housing for extremely low-income (ELI) renters. In over a quarter of the state’s counties, for every 100 ELI renters, there are only 30 units or fewer affordable and available to ...
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Twin Cities low-cost housing is drying up - especially in suburbs 6.6.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Lois Bystrom gets depressed just talking about it.

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Reduce Affordable Housing Need in Three Steps 31.3.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Streets.MN This is part 3 of a series on the interaction between the rental housing market and rents. MORE » This is part 3 of a series on the interaction between the rental housing market and rents. Read part 1, “ How I Set Apartment Rents ,” and part 2, “ Housing Markets? Humbug! “ I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my life working on affordable housing policy. Mostly, I’ve worked where some sort of subsidy helps make it (more) affordable. In this post, informed by what I’ve learned about the scope of our problem and the inadequacy of existing subsidy programs, I’ll share actions and policies that I think could ameliorate our affordable housing problems. It’s common knowledge we have an affordable housing problem. It might be surprising to learn just how bad the problem is. I had a lengthy conversation with  Leigh Rosenberg  of Minnesota Housing Partnership trying to find a sourced number of people needing affordable housing, and learned why it’s hard. She offered a  short-cut . In the Twin ...
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Poor families struggle to find housing in a tight market 8.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
“We just don’t have the supply being built fast enough for the lower-income folks. … There’s not enough units.”
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Minnesota Housing Partnership celebrates 25th anniversary with tour of Schmidt Artist Lofts 4.2.2015 MinnPost
The Minnesota Housing Partnership celebrates its 25th anniversary next week with an event at the Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul. The partnership works with many groups to build and preserve affordable housing. The Schmidt project, which transformed the historic, abandoned brewery into a successful lofts project in the West Seventh neighborhood, is the sort of project it would like to promote, and its advocacy helps such projects come to be. The anniversary event is Feb. 12 at the Lofts, 900 W. 7th St. Guided tours of the lofts will leave at 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, and 4:50 p.m. A brief program, featuring a talk by Susan Haigh of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (and former Met Council chair) is at 5:45 ...
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Homelessness remains high among Minnesota families, children 30.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Though more housing in the area is available, it is still out of reach for many families, and job growth has been of limited assistance.
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Report: Housing market gains could hurt homeless 30.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A dip in Twin Cities rental vacancies and statewide eviction filings have caused a rise in rental rates.
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Rising rents and falling incomes have hurt renters in all but 3 of Minnesota's 87 counties 7.8.2014 MinnPost
A new report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership says rent affordability has become more difficult in 84 of Minnesota's 87 counties. Only Wilkin, Marshall and Stevens counties in western Minnesota were not negatively impacted by rising rents and falling incomes that have been seen in the state since 2000. The report says that overall, "since 2000, Minnesota's median rents have risen by 6 percent, while incomes for renters have fallen by 17 percent." Notes the report: "Minnesota is recognized as a national leader for its commitment to helping families with affordable ownership and rental homes. Nevertheless, housing has become too costly for growing numbers of low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. All Minnesotans are affected when low- and moderate-income families cannot find affordable homes." Chip Halbach, Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, said in a statement: "Vulnerable seniors and children are, unfortunately, far from immune to homelessness. In the area of housing we have a ...
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Minnesota Catholics hut by sex abuse scandals, but many show resilience 20.7.2014 Twincities.com: News

Many Minnesota Catholics are optimistic that the church is bouncing back. There may be more accusations to come but some Catholics think the worst of them have been exposed.

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Major flooding of the Mississippi feared 20.6.2014 MinnPost
And now it’ll be the Mississippi we’ll have to worry about. In their rain/flood coverage, Paul Walsh, Kelly Smith and Jennifer Brooks add , “By the weekend, the runoff will have worked its way into area rivers. The National Weather Service warned that major flooding could be ahead on the Mississippi in St. Paul, the Crow River in Delano, Rockford and Mayer, and in parts of the Minnesota River Valley. Rain has been falling throughout June, but Thursday’s rainfall ‘broke the camel’s back, so to speak’, said Craig Schmidt, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service.” In the PiPress Andy Rathbun and Joe Lindberg say , “A record-setting deluge of rain Thursday promises to add to already swollen waters in the days to come, potentially pushing the Mississippi River up to a level not seen in years. … the Mississippi in St. Paul is expected to continue to rise into the week, possibly cresting at 20 feet next Thursday morning. That could be high enough for the seventh-highest crest on record and the highest ...
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Amid an apartment boom, a shortage of afffordable options 19.6.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Demand for apartments in the metro is strong, and average monthly rents are rising. That's making it hard for many people to find an affordable place to live.
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Amid housing construction boom, rentals out of reach for low-income families 18.6.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Average rents in the Twin Cities crossed the $1,000 threshold for the first time this spring, but federal guidelines show that a household would require an income of $40,000 to afford such a home.
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More renters receiving federal help get squeezed out of apartments 16.5.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Angela LaCluir, 59, is one of more than 250 residents of Nicollet Ridge Apartments in Burnsville who have been scrambling to find new homes because the property’s new owner — a Philadelphia investment business — will no longer take renters who use the Section 8 rent subsidy program.
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Saying knife at school was 'honest mistake,' Wells family argues expulsion is too severe 23.4.2014 MinnPost
Last week, Alyssa Drescher was planning to do a little tanning in preparation for prom. The 17-year-old United South Central student from Wells had some perfume and lotion in her purse, which likely was what caused the drug dog to target her purse during a schoolwide lock down and drug search last Tuesday. Unfortunately, Drescher also had a knife in her purse – a gift from her father that she had used the previous weekend to help cut hay bales at her boyfriend’s family’s farm. Now, Drescher faces expulsion, according to a story by Sarah Stultz in the Austin Daily Herald . Wells police Chief Jim Ratelle indicated the search was routine and said no drugs were found. Her father, Rick Drescher, said the school could have given her a three- to five-day suspension, but now she faces a 12-month expulsion. “She has never had detention. She’s never been scolded. She’s as perfect of a student as you can get,” he said. Alyssa is on the honor roll, is on the school’s varsity volleyball team and has also played ...
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