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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 files an amicus brief supporting Minnesota’s eviction moratorium

HJC files an amicus brief supporting Minnesota’s eviction moratorium

This past December, Minnesota’s statewide eviction moratorium became the target of a preliminary injunction motion. Two Twin Cities property owners, Heights Apartments and Walnut Trails, filed their suit in September, seeking to invalidate Governor Walz’ Executive Order No. 20-79 for several alleged violations of their constitutional rights.

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HJC assists in Emergency Rental Assistance application process during pandemic

HJC assists in Emergency Rental Assistance application process during pandemic

CHAP was launched in August and stopped formally accepting applications on December 7th, 2020. Toward the end of this window, Housing Justice Center was able to assist renters and homeowners statewide as they navigated the CHAP application process. The individual application assistance was led by Shana Tomenes, Housing Justice Center’s Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Target Corporation, and supported by pro-bono volunteers, also from Target Corporation.

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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