LWV Roseville Area members, as part of the affordable housing study, toured Prior Crossing in St. Paul. The facility is 44 studio appartments for homeless aged 16-24. The Wilder Foundation provides on-site services, and the facility was built and is administered by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. We were extraordinarily impressed by the services available to residents and its facilities. Our tour leader, Denise Ellis, assured us that our voices are the most powerful and valuable resource we can use to promote the cause of affordable housing.
This photo shows what greets every resident when they enter their own apartment for the first time. There will be a full article in the July-August issue of The Voter.
Three graduate students used data collected from the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville to produce recommendations to increase available affordable housing in each community.
Chip Halbach, recently retired, long-time Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, and Gail Dorfman, Metropolitan Council representative and Executive Director of St. Stephen’s Human Services, discussed housing issues and the role of the Metropolitan Council on Oct. 21. The meeting was sponsored by the Council of Met-ropolitan Area Leagues, Centennial Methodist Church, and our League chapter. CTV Channel 15 recorded the event, and it can be viewed on their website here.
The Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL) will host a panel of housing experts at an October 21 (Saturday) meeting. The League of Women Voters supports fair housing and equality of opportunity for housing for all persons. Speakers will discuss housing issues, including city comprehensive plan housing updates and the role of the Metropolitan Council. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Roseville Area League and Centennial Methodist Church.
- Chip Halbach, long-time Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership
- Gail Dorfman, Metropolitan Council Representative and Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services
- Cathy Bennett, Housing initiative, Urban Land Institute
Bonnie Koch presented the LWV Roseville Area Affordable Housing Study to a very engaged audience at the August 1 meeting of the North Suburban Golden K Kiwanis.
The Sunday, July 24, 2017 issue of the Star Tribune featured an article about the LWV Roseville Area's work on affordable housing in its communities. You can read the article by clicking on this link.
Between the summer of 2016 and the winter of 2017, the LWV Roseville Area conducted a study of the availability of fair and affordable housing in the communities of Roseville, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Maplewood. The study was released on March 7, 2017. You can read the complete report at: Local Study - Affordable Housing
Ellen Shelton, research scientist with Wilder Research, made a presentation to LWV Roseville Area on November 15. Her research findings included information on the factors that contribute to homelessness in Minnesota and Ramsey County. The presentation can be found on our YouTube channel by clicking on this link.