July 26, 2021

 

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. 

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June 16, 2021
Dr. Anthony Damiano

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Damiano on earning his PhD from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. As a graduate student and PhD candidate, Dr. Damiano has been a valuable part of CURA’s team, working on research projects covering gentrification, racially concentrated areas of affluence, and rent stabilization, among other topics.

Here is an overview of his dissertation presentation Urban Development and Change in an Age of Inequality:

  • The extent to which U.S. metro areas have “inverted” (a situation in which the central city neighborhoods are higher status than suburban areas), and finds that more than half of the largest 100 metro areas in the…
  • February 02, 2021

    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…

    February 02, 2021

    Too many people in the Twin Cities region do not have access to safe, healthy, affordable, and reliable housing. In particular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities face barriers to this critical resources. Market conditions have shown that the housing market does not work for most low-income people, so solutions may require questioning long held assumptions, creating innovative solutions, and attempting new ideas to address housing stability.

    To address these challenges and identify solutions, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the …

    November 16, 2020

    The City of Minneapolis is moving to initiate a “community preference” policy, to give residents residing within certain neighborhoods preference to receive assistance for specific city affordable housing programs or projects. Such preference policies have been adopted by other cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Seattle in order to mitigate the displacement of residents from neighborhoods experiencing rapid increases in housing costs. 

    CURA researchers Edward G. Goetz and Aaron Sepulveda modeled several different kinds of preference policies for the City of Minneapolis to estimate the impacts of different policy choices available to the city. The…

    September 16, 2020

    The vocabulary of neighborhood policymaking in the U.S. generally contrasts neighborhoods of concentrated poverty on the one hand with opportunity neighborhoods on the other. Policymakers target “racially concentrated areas of poverty” and researchers write about the disadvantage and dysfunction of these neighborhoods. For decades, U.S. housing policy has been oriented toward moving lower-income households out of those neighborhoods and into what policymakers regard as better environments where the families will have access to greater opportunities in education and employment. In many cities, however, residents of low-wealth neighborhoods are resisting the stigmatizing of their…