Bloomington City Council unanimously (0-7) passed the Fair Housing Policy, the 90 Day Tenant Protection Ordinance AND the development of 108 Place!
From across the city, groups and individuals came together over many weeks and months to collaborate on the best ways to impact change in the Bloomington housing landscape. Through this partnership work, effective change is accomplished. VEAP and other social service and basic needs organizations, city and county officials and agencies, housing coalitions and landlords are all key stakeholders in the issue. The real work comes in listening to and engaging the tenants – Bloomington residents.
From there, the issues were brought before the City Council for a vote. What was accomplished?
Fair Housing Policy
- The city will promote and support equal and fair access to rental housing and home ownership regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation and preference, creed, marital status, and status of public assistance
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90 Day Tenant Protection Ordinance
- Will protect tenants from immediate displacement when a natural occurring affordable rental property (NOAH) is bought and flipped by a developer
- Encourages developers to retain a percentage of units that will be designated as affordable
- Requires landlords to accept existing tenants by not requiring them to complete a new screening for approved tenancy
108 Place Apartment Complex
- 42 units of affordable housing for households at or below 60% area median income (AMI is $56,580 annual income for a family of 4)
- The proposal consists of 9 – 1 bedroom units, 21 – 2 bedroom units, and 12 – 3 bedroom units
- The site consists of four vacant lots located behind Willy McCoys off of France Ave. and Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington
- Current schedule anticipates construction completions in December 2019
While these are only first steps in the long journey to address the affordable housing crisis, it is important to recognize the change that has begun. We need to take time to celebrate and share them with our family, friends, and acquaintances as we continue to educate the community and advocate for change. We urge you to share this accomplishment with at least one person today, in hopes of sparking a deeper conversation of the importance of fair and affordable housing.
Thanks to all who participated in making this a reality. If you were not able to attend this event but are interested in learning more about the Bloomington Housing Coalition and future ways to participate, please feel free to email Tara Little, Social Services Associate Director at VEAP: TaraL@veap.org.
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