Emerson North Family Housing Development

Saturday, February 04, 2012:11:11 PM -

We Support Access to Affordable Housing

The tornado is still with us.  Quality, affordable housing is a real need in North Minneapolis.  We stand with Families Moving Forward and the Portico Interfaith Housing Collaborative in developing Emerson North.

Robbinsdale United Church of Christ supports the development of Emerson North Family Housing to provide 48 units of rental housing for families in the Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis and to serve homeless families through the Families Moving Forward day center on the first floor.
Emerson North: Get The Facts

a. WHEREAS the historic May 22nd tornado demonstrated the need for quality affordable housing in North Minneapolis: The storm uprooted hundreds of people from their neighborhoods in North Minneapolis and destroyed existing affordable homes in the community;

b. WHEREAS many working families struggle to maintain their housing: A Minnesota family must have 2.2 minimum wage earners working full-time - or one person working 87 hours a week at minimum wage - to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota;

c. WHEREAS homelessness is closely related to the scarcity of affordable housing: According to Wilder Research, children and their parents are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless in our state, with an estimated 3,900 homeless children on any given night in our state.

d. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, Robbinsdale United Church of Christ supports the development of Emerson North Family Housing to provide 48 units of rental housing for families in the Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis and to serve homeless families through the Families Moving Forward day center on the first floor.