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Group behind Minneapolis black-led credit union vows to press on

The organization responsible for overseeing creation of a black-led credit union in north Minneapolis said it’s unsure when the bank will open but is committed…
Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, shown in 2018.

Minneapolis council to research rent control before moving forward

A 1984 statute would require voters to approve rent control policy but council members first want to consider if the idea works.
Jon Gutzmann, executive director of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, said that the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program was something hi

St. Paul Public Housing Agency gets OK for program to preserve public housing units

St. Paul agency to receive $220 million over 20 years to keep units maintained.
Steve Meldahl, shown in 2014, denied any wrongdoing and said a practice of forcing people to constantly move out would not be good for his bottom line

Minnesota attorney general sues Minneapolis landlord

Keith Ellison says Steven Meldahl failed to repair North Side properties, preyed on low-income tenants.
President Donald Trump, shown in 2018, will hold a rally Thursday in Minneapolis, and the city will bear some of the costs.

Trump campaign threatens to sue Mpls. over rally expense

Tensions between Minneapolis city leaders and President Donald Trump's campaign escalated Monday when the campaign threatened to sue the city for trying to force it to pay $530,000 for security during this week's rally.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Ousted director of city-backed credit union alleges retaliation

Ousted director says she was forced to fire the CFO because he is white.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Leaders of proposed north Mpls. credit union terminated amid fraud allegations

Misconduct accusations cloud nonprofit pushing social justice.
The Northern Metals Recycling facility, located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. Families in north Minne

North Minneapolis residents welcome shutdown of metal shredder

But residents also want legal consequences for Northern Metal Recycling.
Barbara Appleby

Former public radio fundraiser Barbara Appleby dies at 57

Appleby was a shrewd fundraiser in the public media world, going to various radio stations nationwide to share best practices.
A group urging the Minneapolis City Council to support former tenants of embattled landlord Stephen Frenz rallied in front of Minneapolis City Hall af

Tenants of embattled Minneapolis landlord get temporary reprieve from eviction

Judge canceled trial, threatened to dismiss most evictions after landlord improperly filed cases.
Renters advocacy groups passed out signs outside Minneapolis Council chambers before a hearing on the tenant screening ordinance in August.

Minneapolis Council passes limits on tenant screening by landlords

City Council members have pushed the ordinance as a way to reduce barriers amid Minneapolis' affordable housing crisis.
Landlord Margie Pierce tries to foster open communication with prospective tenants, but a new ordinance in the works in Minneapolis may change that.

Small landlords fear Minneapolis limits on tenant screening

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would limit the ability of landlords to screen the backgrounds of tenants.

Metro HRA proposes minimum rent requirements for Section 8 voucher holders

270 households would pay at least $50; St. Paul, Mpls. have similar policy.

Minneapolis Housing Authority gets OK to transfer 640 houses to nonprofit ownership

New funds will pay for upgrades at hundreds of houses across the city.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, left, joined U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, center, UMN School of Public Health's Dr. Rachel Hardeman, right, and other Congressiona

Panelists at University of Minnesota call racial disparities in maternal deaths 'staggering'

The discussion, which is part of a national tour organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, said saving black moms will require radical shift in thinking.
Overflow crowds watched testimony Wednesday for and against the new laws in the hallway outside Minneapolis City Council Chambers as well as inside th

Mpls. tenants, landlords square off over limits on screening renters

A Minneapolis City Council committee approves the proposed ordinance after the packed public hearing
Ray Brooks and his dog, Tori Tornado, a Chihuahua and terrier mix, live in Clare Housing Midtown, near Hiawatha Avenue and East Lake Street.

Mpls. HIV housing community gets federal funding

Clare Housing will get $950,000 to continue helping people living with HIV.

Minnesota Department of Revenue sued over keeping cash after property sales

Revenue Dept. keeps what is left over after forfeiture, 90-year-old claims in court.
The state is seeking to combat homelessness by offering a broad array of new housing support services under Medicaid. In 2018, hundreds of people live

Minnesota launches new housing benefit for poor seniors and people with disabilities

Nearly 8,000 people will receive housing support under the new Medicaid benefit.

St. Paul City Council creates agency to enforce labor rules

With a 6-0 vote, council members established a Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Education.
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority oversees more than 6,000 units across the city, including the Elliot Twins apartments, just south of downtown

Mpls. housing authority filed 1,500 evictions in five years

Hennepin County's biggest landlord is rethinking its approach to evictions amid a larger conversation over the fairness of the process and the damage an eviction filing has for renters.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey talked in April about solutions to the opioid epidemic after the findings of a task force of city, county and state leade

Group of officials applauds opioid efforts by local health departments

Hennepin County program for those incarcerated has started treatment for 203 people since January — and officials expect that to rise.
Catholic Charities serves about 2,500 people annually at its Higher Ground shelter in St. Paul.

St. Paul considering zoning change to increase downtown overnight shelters

Amid affordable housing crunch, city officials will consider a zoning change.
“I’m at a place in my career where I can take this risk,” said Greg Russ, Minneapolis public housing director.

Minneapolis public housing official tapped to lead New York City Housing Authority

Starting next month, Greg Russ will take over as CEO of the nation's largest public housing system.
“All I got verbally was ‘something came up’ on my background and I got denied.”
Kadaisha Tolliver, with her daughter Janiylah Little, 3, and n

Debate over tenant background checks heats up in Minneapolis

Tenants, landlords clash over potential Mpls. rule.

45,000 sign up for a chance at rental subsidies in Twin Cities

Tens of thousands apply for Section 8 wait list; 7,500 names will be drawn.
Workers shucked ears at the Minnesota State Fair Corn Roast in 2017.

Minnesota State Fair job fair aims to fill 500-plus jobs. No, taste tester isn't one of them

Want to serve food, take tickets or clean up? The big fair's job fair is July 10.
Pink and yellow lawn signs have begun to appear in front of homes and apartment buildings in northeast Minneapolis.

Mpls. landlords are ramping up campaign vs. ordinances; pushback follows

Other groups are posting fliers around the city in an attempt to counter the Minnesota Multi Housing Association's efforts.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spoke after a small tour of the EcoVillage Apartments, a community of affordable housing, on Tuesda

HUD's Ben Carson: More should follow Minneapolis and phase out single-family zoning

In his first visit to Minnesota as a federal official, Carson said educating more people and fighting off "NIMBYism" or "Not In My Backyard" will be important.
A light rain fell on the Stonehouse Square Apartments as a car passed by Tuesday.

Minneapolis can enforce law protecting Section 8 holders from discrimination, court rules

City can enforce ordinance protecting tenants from bias, appeals panel rules.
At dusk, a resident of the Hiawatha homeless encampment uses a flashlight to light the dark as she put away her bike before heading into her tent for

Plan to let police shut down Mpls. homeless camps draws opposition

Draft plan would make Minneapolis police the central point of contact with homeless encampments.
Ricky Robinson-Myers, 30, right, who was a long-time resident of the homeless encampment and lived at the Navigation Center up until a few days ago, t

Minneapolis Navigation Center is closing, while some remain without housing

Mpls. shelter was set up to house residents of encampment.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender, center, and other council members in December.

Minneapolis considers limiting landlords' ability to screen tenants

Landlords say applicants' criminal, eviction and credit history is relevant.

St. Paul sober-living home sues Anoka and Cambridge over tenant limits

One Love Housing is clashing with Cambridge, Anoka over ordinances.

Immigrant who was refugee, public housing resident, to lead Mpls. public housing board

Sharmarke Issa to lead city's public housing agency's governing board.
A day and a half after fire gutted the lakeside pavilion that housed Lola on the Lake, people still stopped to look at the destruction as inspectors c

Mpls. parks to tear down Bde Maka Ska pavilion after fire

Lola on the Lake plans to use food trucks after ravaging fire.

DFL lawmakers sponsor bill to erase eviction records

The provision has passed the House but faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

Waiting list for federal rent subsidies opens, for first time in years

Section 8 vouchers are so sought-after that people wait years to get them.

Minneapolis seeks input as more employers come under sick time policy

A recent court ruling upheld the city's ordinance designed to protect workers.
“I remember saying they’ll have to take me to a nursing home or carry my body out,” said Barb Lindman, who has lived at Stonehouse Square for th

Tenants in northeast Minneapolis building mobilize to keep their homes

Section 8 residents worry that the sale of the Stonehouse Square Apartments will force them out.
Constance Jackson

Constance Abrego Jackson, former nurse and housing advocate, dies at 80

Constance "Connie" Abrego Jackson was a giver and a fighter.The St. Paul resident was known in her neighborhood for opening her door to anyone in…
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey congratulated Melissa Bringsthem, who has now found housing and is looking to finish her college degree

As Navigation Center prepares to close in Minneapolis, 114 homeless people find housing

City, tribal and nonprofit leaders celebrated their success but acknowledged that challenges remain.