Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2021 Session

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Training will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Apply Today - Deadline August 9

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the August 9 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2021 Program Calendar

The course is September 27…

FUSE Summer Symposium | Culturally Cognizant Housing Design & Policy

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The FUSE Summer Symposium will be held via Zoom.

Register

 

Stable housing is crucial for wellbeing and is central to Hennepin County’s disparity reduction effort. This event will explore housing practices through a multicultural lens; How can we meet the diverse housing needs of residents? Where do design and policy intersect? How do home characteristics affect wellbeing? How can housing policy acknowledge the importance of intergenerational family support?

The FUSE Summer Symposium will be an opportunity for UMN faculty and Hennepin County staff to engage with an expert panel on housing. A small group breakout session and Q&A will give attendees the chance to connect and have their questions answered. 

Delve…

Spring Neighborhood Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous

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CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for People of Color and Indigenous to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color and Indigenous that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous will be Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2021 Session

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Conducted virtually

Fall 2020 Neighborhoods Now! graduates

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Apply Today - Deadline January 11

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the January 11 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Neighborhoods Now! 

is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals…

Housing Stability Grants 2021 virtual info session

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The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) recently announced the request for proposals for the 2021 Housing Stability Grant. The Housing Stability Grants will fund organizations that support systems/policy change, community engagement and organizing efforts with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities. Grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to partner with…

Neighborhood Board Representation Training on November 19

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Training will be held via Zoom Virtual Meeting

Neighborhood Board Representation Training on November 19

CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for People of Color and Indigenous to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color and Indigenous that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous will be Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

Housing Stability Grants Info session

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CURA (Third Floor of the Humphrey Building)
301 19th Ave S #330 Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) recently announced a new grant to advance housing stability in the Twin Cities. The Housing Stability Grants will fund organizations that support systems/policy change, community engagement and organizing efforts with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities. Grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to partner with…

Inaugural Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum

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Hubert H. Humphrey Center 
301 19th Avenue South 
Mondale Commons 
Minneapolis, MN 55455

In honor of the late Esther Wattenberg, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) will host the 2019 Inaugural Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum. We invite you to join us for this special event honoring Esther's dedication to critical dialogue and policy reform for improving the lives of Minnesota's children and families.

As part of this special event, we will introduce the inaugural Esther Wattenberg Policy Award which recognizes exemplary policy work impacting children and families. The 2019 Esther Wattenberg Policy Award recipient…

Housing Forum: Tenant Opportunity to Purchase

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Room L-110
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

CURA Housing Forum Tenant Opportunity to Purchase panel discussion

Come learn from local leaders and national experts about Tenant Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) at the next CURA Housing Forum. TOPA allows residents of a building a fair chance to purchase their buildings when the owner decides to sell, giving tenants a say in the future of their housing. 

We will hear of successful examples of implementing this policy in Washington, D.C., as well as local efforts to create a similar policy for Minneapolis.

Speakers

Dominic T. Moulden is a longtime resource organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE…

“The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis” CURA Evictions Project Report Release Event and Art Exhibit Opening

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The Illusion of Choice event

Single Black mothers face the highest risk of evictions in the United States. In Hennepin County, close to 50% of all eviction filings take place in two zip codes in North Minneapolis, despite the fact that they contain just 8% of all rental units in the city. Driven by community feedback, The Illusion of Choice: Evictions & Profit in North Minneapolis project aims to answer the question of why and how evictions are taking place from the perspectives of tenants and landlords themselves. CURA believes this is central to the successful development of public policy solutions and new programmatic interventions for those tenants negatively affected by evictions, as well as…

Thomas Scott Seminar: The Urban Displacement Project–Urban Data Science for Policy Change

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Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey Building, West Bank Campus
Reception to follow

The Urban Displacement Project: Urban Data Science for Policy Change  presented by Karen Chapple, Ph.D.

Please join the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for the first Thomas Scott Seminar.

The Urban Displacement Project: Urban Data Science for Policy Change 
presented by Karen Chapple, Ph.D.

About the seminar

The overheating of the housing market, as well as the planning of new infrastructure systems, has led to new interest in understanding neighborhood change, specifically in the form of gentrification and displacement. Researchers have devised online “neighborhood early warning systems,” interactive maps that describe change processes and even predict future transformation. In 2015, we launched the…

The 1967 Plymouth Avenue Rebellion: Its Impact and Meaning for Today

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NOTE THE DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT
John B. Davis Education Service Center
1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Riot police along Plymouth Avenue during the rebellion in North Minneapolis
Riot police along Plymouth Avenue during the rebellion in North Minneapolis. Photo Courtesy MN Historical Society

Keith Mayes, associate professor of African-American and African Studies, University of Minnesota

Spike Moss, civil rights activist

For three nights in July 1967, the North Side of Minneapolis along Plymouth Avenue erupted in rebellion. Police and National Guard units were called in to occupy parts of the neighborhood in response. The so-called "urban crisis" of the 1960s produced similar events in many other cities in the U.S. This crisis and the conditions behind it that…

Housing Forum: Local government strategies for preventing displacement

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Room L-110 (Honeywell Auditorium) - Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis MN

 

CURA Housing Forum: Local government strategies for preventing displacement

Lower income households have always faced the threat of involuntary displacement, but that threat is becoming more acute in the Twin Cities Metro area as the perfect storm of low vacancy rates, escalating rents and upscaling of naturally occurring affordable apartments drives families from their homes. What can local governments do to protect people? The Housing Justice Center will talk about a report it just issued discussing six areas where local policies and strategies can help preserve the affordability of at-risk housing, can keep low income residents in their homes, or at least protect…

De-Gentrifying Portland: So hopefully you won't have to go through that

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Lisa Bates
Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Portland State University

African American communities, enclosed and excluded by discrimination and disinvestment, are now being dismantled by gentrification in many of our cities. In the face of impending erasure, communities of color are organizing to demand not only mitigating anti-displacement policies, but de-gentrification and the right to stay in place.

Addressing this demand requires more than just a gesture towards equity concerns, but analyzing and correcting for the unjust distributional impacts of investments. How can we grapple with these issues of housing and neighborhood revitalization in our cities in ways that…

The One-Way Street of Integration: Pursuing racial and regional equity in America’s urban areas

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Ed Goetz

Edward G. Goetz, Director of CURA and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota

How can we use housing policy to achieve greater racial and regional equity in American cities? Professor Ed Goetz discusses his new book, "The One-Way Street of Integration" and contrasts two housing policy approaches, integration initiatives and community development, and their prospects for achieving racial justice. He maintains that fair housing advocates have adopted a spatial strategy of advocacy that has increasingly brought fair housing concerns into conflict with community development efforts. Goetz argues that integration efforts focus on the spatial…