City declares June 21 Housing Equity in Minneapolis Day  
 

The City Council passed a resolution today recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act and declaring June 21, 2018 Housing Equity in Minneapolis Day.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., will kick off “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed,” June 21 — a series of events that will explore the past, present and future of housing equity in Minneapolis, highlighting the largely unrecognized history of housing discrimination in the city. Convened by the Mapping Prejudice Project, Minnesota Housing Partnership and Mill City Consulting, the series will feature events through October.

The resolution notes that beginning in 1910 racially restricted covenants were placed on property titles in Minneapolis, and by the 1940s, most of the city’s neighborhoods were off limits to African Americans looking to purchase homes. Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968, which prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings.

“We must shine a light on the racist polices of the past that created segregated neighborhoods in Minneapolis to understand the challenges we face today,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “I’m committed to working with the City Council to make a historic investment in affordable housing to address this historic problem. We must push for affordable housing in every neighborhood of our city.”

“Affordable housing is a critical issue in our community,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, lead author of the resolution. “The problem didn’t just happen overnight. We as policy makers must be very intentional about reversing the damaging policies of the past and charting a new path forward to achieve housing equity in Minneapolis.”

 

Published Jun 15, 2018

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