MICAH envisions a metropolitan area where everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home.
Who is MICAH?
We are Faith leaders, housing advocates and affordable housing developers. Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) was founded in 1988 in response to an accelerating homeless crisis. Our strength comes from bringing together people of faith to act on their values to support affordable housing, undo racism and build regional equity, opportunity and housing choice.
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Together, We are Bringing Our Community HOME!
The voices of our MICAH faith leaders across our region are daily making our vision of a metropolitan area where everyone, without exception, has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. This vision is realized by bringing people together as we:
- Continue to advocate for a stronger regional housing policy at the Metropolitan Council and Cities. We are currently working with and in the Cities of Brooklyn Park, Carver, Dayton, Fridley, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Rogers, Roseville, St. Michael, and St. Paul to develop, rehab and stop the conversion of over 1000 units of affordable housing for families, singles, youth, and seniors.
- Diligently maintain accountability for adherence and enforcement of Fair Housing Laws. MICAH settled three of four Fair Housing Complaints and worked with the people impacted, community and regional leaders to amend the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing and develop recommendations to create the solutions to address those barriers.
- Advocated to expand Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s previous commitment of $26.05 Million to at least an additional $2.25 Million for Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Law activities to address disparity in Homeownership between whites and non-whites in Minnesota by funding the HOME Law.
- Successfully advocated with others, in the 2017 Legislative Session, for $77M in bonds for housing, $2M in ongoing funding for the CLASS Act (also known as Homework Starts at Home), $3.5M in one-time funding increases for housing programs through the Department of Human Services. Protected the Challenge Fund and Equity Funding from cuts.
- MICAH made tremendous strides forward in our Lead Prevention Work with a great KARE 11 Investigative report and strong bi- partisan support for the bill and are hopeful that portions of the bill will pass next session!
Make an investment: For every dollar invested in organizations like MICAH $138 in benefits was realized for Minnesota communities. (Study by National Council on Responsive Philanthropy)