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August 27, 2015

Sharing some very good reads on who needs housing - people in the suburbs, college students on their own experiencing homelessnes, and one-third of metro area renters who pay more than they can afford for housing:

MetroStats, June 2015, Metropolitan Council report

Poverty in the metro has increased. The interesting fact is that it’s increased in rural and suburban areas of the Twin Cities metro more than in the core cities – in both sheer numbers and in the rate of growth. (Suburban and rural poverty increased by 92 percent while poverty in Minneapolis and Saint Paul increased by 24 percent). In fact there are now more people living in poverty in rural and suburban areas of the metro area than in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. You read that  right –today more of our area’s poor people live in the suburbs or rural areas than the core cities compared to only a decade ago.

Affordable housing in the Twin Cities: the who, what, where and why, Pioneer Press, Aug. 22, 2015, by Frederick Melo

Very good read on what affordable housing is, who needs it and why. Amount of affordable housing being built is at a record low, while need is nearly record high, especially rental housing for the approximately one-third of renters who are cost burdened, or spend more than 30 percent of their income in housing costs. And, Melo notes, research indicates that affordable housing can actually boost neighborhoods where other housing stock has deteriorated:

"In tougher neighborhoods with significant deterioration, these properties are often the best-looking and most stable assets in the neighborhood," said Paul Williams, president and CEO of Project for Pride in Living. "This is particularly true in the last 10-plus years where affordable housing has really been developed with high architectural and environmental standards."

How to help the students with no homes? Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 24, 2015, by Kelly Field

During the school year, Ms. Banjo, who is 20, lives in the dorms at Norfolk State University. [She is pictured, above. Photo by Julia Schmalz for The Cronicle of Higher Education.] But on summer vacation and during other breaks, she has no set place to go. There’s no room for her in the rooming house where her parents live, so she crashes with friends or sublets space in a cramped apartment. Most days, her only meal is the sandwich and fries she gets during her shift at McDonald’s. She returns there on her days off just to have something to eat.

Christine Banjo is one of about 60,000 college students nationwide who are independent of their parents and homeless, according to federal financial aid applications.There are probably more who didn't know they could apply or didn't want to disclose their status.