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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.
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