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MICAH's Annual Celebration June 5th, 2018 featured Annual Report
and Community Hero Awards


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.


Site along Old Rockford Road/Highway 55 slated for 47 affordable housing units

From Sun Sailor Dec 5, 2017, By Kristen Miller kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com
Cranberry Ridge supporters (including Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and MICAH Housing for All chapter) rejoiced Nov. 28 after the Plymouth City Council approved the proposed 47-unit affordable housing development, Cranberry Ridge, for the site that had been called into question. See full article here.


A class-action lawsuit, alleging housing discrimination by an apartment complex in Richfield, has been settled for $650,000. The complex was formally known as "Crossroads at Penn."

New management renamed the units when it took over in the fall of 2015.The rental units, owned by MSP Crossroads and Soderberg Apartment Specialists, came under fire in 2015 when they announced they would no longer accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers. Complete article here http://kstp.com/news/richfield-apartment-complex-former-renters-settle-class-action-lawsuit/4640906/ .


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.

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