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If you are not able to attend the event in person, we will be streaming the housing forum live and then archiving it on the CURA YouTube page.

Landscape image from April CURA Housing forum with Tony Damiano presenting

Presenters: Representatives from Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia (United renters for Justice)

The concept of social housing is beginning to gain traction in various jurisdictions around the United States. While there is no one set definition, social housing is usually marked by permanent affordability of rental units, public ownership or control of those units, affordability for a wide range of incomes, and some level of democratic control for residents. 

In some counties across Minnesota, this type of housing already exists, separate and apart from HUD-funded public housing or Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Increasingly known as locally owned and controlled housing, the demand for this alternative to current affordable housing models is increasing. Earlier in the 2024 Minnesota legislative session, the Minnesota Senate heard a bill that would have greatly increased this type of housing throughout the state. 

Join us for a discussion on these issues and meet one of the organizations leading on the policy development and political organizing of expanding locally owned and controlled housing in Minnesota.

Historically, the CURA Housing Forum has been hosted to stimulate public discussion on housing research and issues. We are glad to announce the return of the forum which will occur monthly during the academic year (September to May) to provide a meeting place for researchers, students, housing practitioners, public officials, and citizens to learn about emerging housing programs and studies and discuss implications for the Twin Cities. The forum is free and open to the public. Make sure you are on our email list to learn about upcoming CURA Housing Forums.

The CURA Housing Forum is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. CURA aligns University of Minnesota resources to catalyze community-driven change.

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