Housing Justice Center

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

Our Approach

MHP, ACER, and HJC co-convene Minnesota ERASE campaign

The Minnesota ERASE Campaign (End Rental Arrears and Stop Evictions) is an effort to ensure that the historic aid enacted by Congress reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters it is intended to help. We are working to eliminate rental indebtedness caused by the pandemic, prevent evictions, and create support for long term policy changes to end housing instability and homelessness.

HJC welcomes new attorney, paralegal, and rental assistance navigator

Housing Justice Center has grown remarkably over the last few months, welcoming Larry McDonough, Zaria Whitlock, and Markanetta Smith to the team. “Increased staff capacity means the increased ability to support strategies for housing justice in the Twin Cities and beyond,” said HJC President Margaret Kaplan. “We are excited and honored to have Larry, Zaria, and Markanetta on board.”

Fixing a hole: the Fritz defense revisited

Read Housing Justice Center Housing Rights Attorney Jim Poradek and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid attorney Luke Grundman on the unconstitutional “pay-to-defend” barrier in Minnesota eviction actions: “The pay-to-defend requirement has turned Minnesota eviction actions into a one-way street flowing straight toward eviction; due process has become a meaningless promise to the poor.”