ACER successfully had their first monthly Housing Committee meeting this past Monday (12/12). Attendees came with an open mind and a fresh perspective, during the discussion about housing issues. Together, ACER and residents addressed four main themes that are to be added to the Civil Rights Housing Blueprint:
- Affordable Housing Shortage
- Rent control
- Unjust Evictions
- Pathway from Renting to Owning
We spent the majority of the meeting having conversation around what policies and changes needed to be made. Therefore ensuring that: affordable housing remains in the Brooklyns, some sort of rent control is in place (comparing regions of where it was successful or not), ensuring that tenants are well informed of their lease, and holding property managers accountable for not evicting tenants for unjust reasons, and lastly, having a process put in place where renters would eventually own their homes.
The attendees’ concerns and resolutions to these listed themes are to be added to the Civil Rights Housing Blueprint. ACER stands fully behind residents who want a more equitable and just housing system. We are urging those who are interested in taking part of the Housing Committee, to come out and attend our next meeting (January 9th, 2017 @ 6pm – place is to be determined). ACER also has up and coming committees that folks can participate in if they are also interested in education, or employment and economic development.
Please contact Denise Butler (763-318-3750, email@example.com) if you are interested in joining the committee or have any questions about the next Housing Committee meeting.