Community Outreach

CAP-HC's indirect services take the form of community building which involves mobilizing resources and expanding capacity to improve our communities' ability to respond to the needs of low-income individuals. 

Please visit the following for more information regarding CAP-HC's outreach activities and available community services: 

Additionally, we pride ourselves on being responsive to your specific needs. Contact us at webmaster@caphennepin.org to find out how we may be able to provide the services you need. 


Community Development:

Affordable Housing

The Twin Cities is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. Older apartments with moderate rents, also known as naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH), are at risk of being sold and up-scaled. As a result, rents significantly increase and stricter screening criteria is enforced, including no longer accepting housing subsidies. This process is both a symptom of and a driving force behind gentrification, which is the process by which more affluent, whiter residents displace poorer, more racially diverse residents who have historically resided in an area, drastically changing the composition not only of a neighborhood’s housing, but also businesses and resources available to the community, at the expense of those being displaced.

This involuntary displacement brings major disruption to a family’s life and to a community. With low vacancy rates in the Twin Cities, it is difficult to find similarly affordable housing nearby. Therefore, if residents can't afford to stay or don't meet the new screening criteria, they are forced to move far away. This results in difficulty keeping or getting a new job, disruption to children’s schooling, and a loss of a host of other informal supports that are no longer accessible or available in a new community, such as childcare and access to public transportation.

In addition to the losing existing affordable housing, Minnesota is not creating new units fast enough. With complex financing and limited dollars, affordable housing can take 5-7 years from conception to completion even wihen the funding and political will to create new affordable units is in place.

As you can see, preventing resident displacement is critical to keeping communities intact and neighbors stably housed. Preventing resident displacement is also cheaper and a more immediate solution than creating new affordable housing. Although, both solutions are needed to address the affordable housing crisis.

Community-Oriented Solution

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County is taking a lead role amidst this growing crisis. The solutions we are advocating for within the cities of Hennepin County originate from the very community members, renters, congregations, social service agencies, landlords, community leaders and housing advocates that are being impacted by the affordable housing crisis. Our combined efforts take form in the following actions:

  • Educating community on the regional trends of affordable housing and how these trends affect the community.
  • Engaging elected officials and key stakeholders, and supporting them in passing policies that preserve NOAH, prevent displacement of neighbors and create access to new affordable housing.
  • Supporting residents experiencing involuntary displacement due to significant rent increases or changes in screening criteria.
 
February Meeting of the Community Housing Teams

 

Community Housing Teams

A community housing team consists of community members and organizations who come together to create a plan of action for what they would like to achieve in their local community.They plan community education and engagement opportunities to get the greater community involved and knowledgeable about the issues their city is facing, and help to advocate for effective policies to address the affordable housing crisis.

Community Housing Teams have presence in the following cities:

  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Crystal
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Golden valley
  • Hopkins
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnetonka
  • New Hope
  • Richfield
  • St. Louis Park

Don't see your community represented? We are always looking to expand our work. If you have interest in learning more about how a Community Housing Team can benefit your community contact Ricardo Perez at rperez@caphennepin.org.

Suburban Hennepin Housing Coalition

The Suburban Hennepin Housing Coalition is composed of nearly 150 community members that attend monthly countywide meetings.  These meetings are made up of people from across the county working at the city level with community members to help pass policies that protect tenants, preserve NOAH, and build more affordable housing.

During our meetings, we host speakers to educate community members on current regional issues related to affordable housing, provide networking opportunities for members to connect with others in their community, and develop leadership amongst community members so they can lead the efforts within their communities.

FACT SHEETS:  

Minneapolis Green Zone

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) is partnering with the City of Minneapolis to contract with Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee to engage North and a portion of Northeast Minneapolis residents. The Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee was selected by a committee through an open Request for Proposals process. The Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee will work primarily in the Hawthorne, McKinley, Sheridan, Bottineau and Marshall Terrace neighborhood to develop recommendations as to how the community should spend the Northern Metals settlement. The settlement is $200,000 per year for 3 years, within the stipulations of the consent decree. Concurrently the Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee will develop a work plan for the Northside Green Zone to execute the recommendations. The selection committee consisted of CAP-HC board members, Northern Metals Consent Decree Advisory Council members (appointed community members representing the specific neighborhoods), and City of Minneapolis staff. Three proposals were received and reviewed. Ultimately the Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee proposal was chosen by the selection committee.

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