Local Housing Coalitions
VEAP is an active participant in the Bloomington, Richfield and Edina Housing Coalitions, which are gatherings of community members, faith leaders, nonprofit organizations, schools and housing advocates to find ways to jointly act to address affordable housing needs. The groups’ goal is to take steps to increase the availability of affordable homes for everyone and protect existing naturally occurring affordable housing options while advocating for tenant rights and protections from displacement.
“I believe it is simply a profound injustice today that no amount of hard work guarantees that families in our community can meet their basic needs. Affordable, safe, dignified housing for everyone is important in our communities, because it is the foundation for health, stability, and prosperity of individuals, families, and the community at large. Therefore, we should not rest until all people in the city are able to afford housing and still have enough money for food and other basics.”
– Pastor Erik Sevig, Community of the Cross Lutheran Church, Leader on Bloomington Housing Coalition
“Affordable, safe and dignified housing is the cornerstone of a healthy and thriving community. It provides the stability and peace of mind families need to carry out their day-to-day activities such as attending school, work and being a part of the greater community. All people deserve and have the right to affordable, safe and dignified housing.“
– Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield City Council