JCA is doing housing justice work across the Twin Cities metro, empowering our members and the Jewish Community to help protect tenants, preserve the naturally occuring affordable housing we have, and produce more housing that is affordable for the most marginalized in our community. We have seen large scale investments - whether they be infrastructure, commercial spaces, or business developments - in proximity to multifamily rental units affordable to low income people & people of color. These investments or redevelopments lead to the gentrification of our suburban communities. Gentrification manifests in the displacement of communities and the eradication of cultural centers. Property taxes and rents rise, so that people can no longer afford to live in their communities. Our work is to take back control of our communities and make sure that as our cities continue to grow, that they continue to be accessible to those most in need of finding a home.
JCA has been working on affordable housing for many years, specifically preserving affordable housing in the western suburbs. As a founding member that created the Suburban Hennepin Housing Coalition, JCA helps link that collection of social service agencies to organizing and housing advocacy organizations. We are conducting this work as we always have, building coalitions, engaging members of the Jewish community as allies and working to change public policies that can preserve affordable housing, protect tenants and expand the supply. JCA has worked on issues of affordable housing for most of its 20 year history, helping to pass inclusionary housing, housing trust funds and more funds for affordable housing at the state level of government.
We facilitate organizing teams throughout Hennepin County at the city level, from Edina to Eden Praire. Our work has already yielded results. We helped pass renters protections in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, and Edina. More recently we helped repeal St. Louis Park's "Evicted before Convicted" ordinance that allowed police to force evictions even if tenants had never been charged with a crime.
JCA also participates in a number of affordable housing coalitions that work both in the suburbs, and in the Twin Cities. These coalitions include: