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Mayor Carter has no authority over land use appeals, and his recent veto holds no power

Mayor Carter has no authority over land use appeals, and his recent veto holds no power

On February 5, 2021, the St. Paul Planning Commission denied a site plan application by Alatus for an apartment development adjacent to the Lexington Station area. Pursuant to § 61.702(a) of the Zoning Code, Alatus appealed to the City Council. At its April 7, 2021 meeting, the Council adopted a resolution denying the appeal, and at its April 14 meeting adopted a resolution memorializing that decision. Before the April 14 Council meeting had ended, Mayor Carter purported, in a three-page document, to veto the April 14 action by the Council.

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HJC supports community call for equity and affordability at Lexington and University

HJC supports community call for equity and affordability at Lexington and University

The conversation around the two vacant lots at the intersection of Lexington Parkway and University Avenue is two years in the making, encapsulating the tension between community needs and developer priorities. Housing Justice Center works to protect and expand affordable housing, so a proposed development close to transit with no meaningful, substantiated commitment to affordability was a natural place for HJC to intervene. 

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HJC files class action tenant lawsuit to stop construction harassment in New Brighton

HJC files class action tenant lawsuit to stop construction harassment in New Brighton

In April 2020, Housing Justice Center represented a group of New Brighton tenants, along with HOME Line, in filing a class-action lawsuit against QT Property Management (QT), its owner Jason Quilling and the City of New Brighton. HJC argued QT engaged in “construction harassment,” a tactic increasingly used by landlords to oust low-income renters by making living conditions unbearable, remodel the building, and bring in new tenants for much higher rents.

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Opening the Door: Tenant Screening and Selection

When an apartment becomes available in the Twin Cities, who gets to move in? And perhaps more importantly, who doesn’t?

To answer those questions, we partnered with Family Housing Fund to publish a new report examining the methods and systems used by landlords to screen and select tenants. We found that the current methods and systems used are often unpredictable and can result in disparate treatment, the consequences of which extend beyond prospective tenants and their families to communities and society as a whole.

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HJC in the News

4/29/22 — CBS Minnesota

St. Paul rent control ordinance kicks in Sunday, capping increases at 3%

4/25/22 — MinnPost

Housing advocates want lawmakers to restart and replenish Minnesota’s halted rental assistance program

3/1/22 — Star Tribune

Brooklyn Center tenants sue landlord over expired license, discriminatory practices

2/28/22 — CCX Media

Brooklyn Park nonprofit makes plea for emergency rental assistance

2/23/22 — MyVillager

Rent control ordinance’s 3% cap will work best without any exemptions

1/28/22 — CBS Minnesota

‘We’re really worried’: rent assistance orgs face influx of calls as state program abruptly stops applications

11/26/21 — Star Tribune

Rent escrow requirement prevents tenants from challenging poor living conditions, lawyers say

11/17/21 — Minnesota Reformer

St. Paul rent control advocates push back on ‘disaster narratives’ as developers rethink projects

9/14/21 — Star Tribune

State owns failure to get aid to renters

7/20/21 — Star Tribune

Renting can be tough for reformed gang members

5/25/21 — MPR News

Tenants worry and landlords fume over eviction ban

4/29/21 — Minnesota Reformer

Where is the rental assistance?

4/5/21 — CapRadio

Nixing single-family zoning: will it make housing more affordable?

3/31/21 — Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Wilder Foundation charged with selling out its mission

3/30/21 — Minnesota Reformer

St. Paul residents launch rent stabilization campaign to cap increases at 3%

3/30/21 — KARE 11

St. Paul group aims to put rent control on ballot

12/8/20 — Star Tribune

Landlords go to court to fight Gov. Walz’s eviction moratorium

5/12/20 — Star Tribune

Minnesota legal advocates race to prepare for eviction court in COVID-19 world

2/23/20 — Pioneer Press

Karen teen outreach leads to neighborhood complaint against St. Paul landlord