CALL: Housing Advocacy Organizations

The mission of organizations that are addressing housing insecurities

Changemakers Alliance founding member Lindalee Soderstrom has been a strong advocate about housing for our storytelling in 2022. As one of her action steps, she has started to develop a list that explains the mission of organizations that are addressing housing insecurities. If you are seeking resources and support, or looking for a way to volunteer or donate around this issue, this is a good place to start.

(This is the start of a list Lindalee is developing.)

African Career, Education & Resource
Leading organization working with African immigrants in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. Mission: To build power to achieve systemic change that advances racial and economic equity for our African immigrant communities.
[email protected]
6800 78th Avenue, Suite 101, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
PHONE: 763-657-7711

AEON

Provider of affordable apartment homes throughout the Twin Cities metro region. If you are seeking a home you can check Aeon’s availability at Aeon.org; click “Find a Home” in the top right corner. “See Available Homes,” is updated every week.
Call 612-341-3148 or [email protected]

All Parks Alliance for Change
Statewide organization for Minnesota’s 180,000 manufactured home park residents. APAC provides a vehicle for manufactured home owners to express their needs and concerns in their parks and in the larger community. Works with residents to improve the quality of life in park neighborhoods, protect the rights of park residents, advance public policy change that support safe, affordable, and stable park communities, and preserve this important source of affordable housing. 
[email protected]    
Phone: 651-644-5525, 1-855-361-2722
State Office: 2380 Wycliff St. #200, St. Paul, MN 55114

Beacon Interfaith
Beacon is presenting at State Capital negotiations this session, supporting a universal voucher based on income for those in greatest need — this would cost Minnesota $2 billion annually and enable greater long-term support to economic growth.

Common Bond
Mission: Overcome injustices tied to unstable homes by connecting residents with the housing that will help them thrive, make connections in the community, and meet their goals for a better future.
CEO Deidre Schmidt 
[email protected]
1080 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: 651-291-1750

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
Aligned with University of Minnesota as a creator and provider of resources to accelerate community-driven change. Ed Goetz and Ned Moore are contacts for research. 

Freedom From the Streets/No More Streets
Boots-on-the-ground organization providing immediate relief, meals, survival gear (boots, parkas)  for persons in camps. Attends any police sweeps, making sure no one is harmed in the process. Meets in Minneapolis 2pm Mondays and in St Paul noon Fridays. All are welcome.
On February 7, Freedom will join with MICAH to host a legislative lunch. City, county, and state elected officials will talk about how mental health interfaces with incarceration and child protection and homelessness.
Founder Junail Freeman Anderson
FFI: LindaLee Soderstrom, 507 932 9908, or [email protected] 
Or: [email protected] 

Homes for All (H4A)
Mission: Maintain and increase statewide investments across Minnesota’s housing continuum — from preventing homelessness to producing affordable rental homes to preparing homebuyers.  

In 2011, advocates across Minnesota came together to create Homes for All — a statewide coalition that advances shared state policy initiatives to ensure housing stability for all Minnesotans. The coalition has grown to more than 270 endorsing organizations across the state, representing nonprofits, service providers, affordable housing developers, faith groups, government agencies, and more. Homes for All recognizes that there isn’t one kind of housing that fits the needs of every Minnesotan. Each year during the state legislative session, the Homes for All Coalition advocates for a shared agenda, which includes priorities and policies developed and voted on by the endorsing organizations. February 2, 2022, noon to 1:30pm, H4A presents a legislative rally to launch on line the coming Homes for All agenda this session.

Habitat for Humanity
Mission: Bring people together to create and preserve homeownership, to partner with low-income families to be successful homeowners, and to inspire action that promotes affordable housing for everyone in the community. Opportunities for individuals and organizations to get involved.

Housing Justice Center
A nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

Homeline
Free legal help for renters

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC)

Metropolitan Council (metrocouncil.org)

MICAH

MN COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

OPEN YOUR HEART FOUNDATION

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

SHELTER TASK FORCE (SHELTER RESIDENT BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE)

SIMPSON

STREET VOICES OF  CHANGE

Under One Roof: Stories on Minnesota’s Housing Crisis
TPT Originals

Wilder Foundation

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