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We are on Giving to the Max 2018

Help us continue as we work together to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable Home!

Support our work to:

Prevent and end lead poisoning in unsafe homes in MN (at least 800 children are poisoned by lead each year).

Ensure every community provides Fair Housing choices, opportunities and equity in place, and that people impacted by the housing crisis are decision makers.

Increase Local, State and Federal Resources for affordable housing, and to prevent and end homelessness.

P.S. $2,500 has been donated to match your Give to the Max Day donation.


MICAH is celebrating 30 years of making home a reality
for thousands of Minnesota families!

Join us at our annual fundraising event, The Keys to Justice Breakfast,
as we celebrate our many milestones together! Our joyful morning will include video presentations of communities impacted by our work.

Featuring:
Miss Black Minnesota
Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan

Reserve your place at the table here: rsvp@micah.org
If you cannot attend but would like to contribute, you can donate here, or,
mail a check to: MICAH, 463 Maria Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106.

Together, we will ensure many more youth, individuals, and families are able to secure safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing!




From the National Coalition for The Homeless: The cornerstone of our democracy in the United States of America is the right of citizens to make their wishes known through the election process, yet low income voters, and particularly persons experiencing homelessness, are consistently one of the most poorly represented blocks when it comes to voter turnout, historically having faced numerous barriers across the country which have limited their participation in their election process.

Many potential homeless and low income voters may not have the appropriate identification documents required by some states to register or to vote. In fact, most states do not require residents have a traditional residence in order to vote in elections.

For more information https://nationalhomeless.org/campaigns/voting


On October 16, the MICAH NorthEast chapter hosted a bus tour of affordable housing in their area. It started at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, with a box lunch. From there, political leaders, city staff, faith leaders, and concerned people were off for a first-hand look at housing options across the spectrum in Hugo, Forest Lake, and White Bear Lake.

  • Over 900 children in the Northeast area school districts are homeless.
  • Seniors of limited means face limited options.
  • Twin Cities - 2 bedroom apartments require nearly $21/hour to afford.
  • Rentals are full and our shelters cannot find spaces for our people.
  • We need action on affordable housing in our area.

October 10, MICAH South chapter got on the bus for a tour of affordable housing in Dakota county. Attendees gathered at River Heights Vineyard Church where they enjoyed a light breakfast before heading out. They visited different types of housing options and talked about how we all can work together to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible, affordable place to call home.


Newly elected council member to focus on renters and affordable housing
From an article in the St. Paul Monitor, by Stephanie Fox

Mitra Jalali Nelson has been an organizer for grassroots issues most of her adult life. Now, as the newly elected member of St. Paul’s City Council, she says she wants to start organizing from within the power structure. Nelson plans on focusing her efforts toward transit sustainability, police accountability, and finding ways to advance economic equity in the local economy.

But, at the top of her list is affordable housing. Read more.


September 18, MICAH NW chapter Housing for All, held their annual affordable housing tour. After meeting for a light supper at Advent Lutheran in Maple Grove, attendees boarded the bus. Below we have a few photo highlights. Additionally, the tour was covered by CCX Media and you can find more information here including a video.



The St. Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) Housing Waiting List Closing Oct 1, 2018 

PHA will stop accepting applications for its public housing program on October 1, 2018 until further notice. Effective on this date, the PHA will not be accepting applications for any bedroom size. 


For more information: https://www.housinglink.org/SubsidizedHousing/Hous...


MICAH was honored to be the featured nonprofit for the MN Lynx Family Night on August 12, 2018. Here are a few photo highlights.

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and helped us continue our advocacy work to ensure everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable place to call home.


MICAH receives Collective Impact Award from HOMECo

MICAH wants to thank HOMECo (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative) for awarding MICAH the Collective Impact Award on June 26, 2018.

According to Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH: We give all honor, praise and thanks to God who called us to love and treat others as ourselves and to create welcoming communities. God worked through all of us, to increase the resources and opportunities for our diverse community members to develop wealth through Home ownership!

La Shella Sims, MICAH organizer and leader in the African American Leadership Forum, introduced David McGee, Executive Director of Build Wealth to MICAH in 2013, to address the disparities in home ownership between Caucasian and diverse communities. We worked together to develop the support of over 30 diverse organizations to pass the HOME Law and increase resources in Minnesota Housing.

MICAH Board Members, Hector Garcia, Jean Lee, Farhio Khalif and Catherine Fleming as well as MICAH Staff, La Shella Sims, Amanda Kappes-Peterson, John Slade and Sue Watlov Phillips were key MICAH players in assisting in the organizing and passing of the HOME Law.

We commend HOMECo for their excellent work in the community!

May God continue to guide us as we work together to ensure every one, without exception has a decent, safe, accessible and affordable home. May we listen and be in what God is creating and blessing each day!


Feds give green light to METRO Gold Line
Project design and engineering will gear up early this year, Metropolitan Council continues to move forward with management of the project
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project an important approval, one of the first steps to a transit line which would connect thousands of East Metro residents with jobs and opportunities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The FTA officially granted Gold Line entry into the project development phase of the federal New Starts program, which funds major transit projects across the country. The designation means local spending will now be eligible for potential matching federal funds in the future.  Continue here.


Are you in a housing crisis? If you are facing foreclosure, can't find a place to live, or have other tenant issues, check our list of links here.  MICAH does not directly help with these issues.


"Being the Change in Our Communities"
MICAH's Annual Celebration June 5th, 2018 featured Annual Report
and Community Hero Awards


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