Housing & Transportation

Minnesota Housing announces Friday deadline for emergency rental assistance

BY: - January 25, 2022

Minnesota Housing will stop accepting new applications for emergency rental assistance on Friday at 9 p.m., having nearly depleted the $518 million the state received through two federal COVID-19 relief packages. “My heart is heavy today, knowing the hardship that households across the state are still facing,” Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said during a Tuesday […]

Minnesota Democrats renew call for guaranteed rental assistance ahead of 2022 legislative session

BY: - January 18, 2022

Democratic lawmakers and their nonprofit allies are calling on the state Legislature to use part of its $7.7 billion budget surplus to pay for the so-called “Bring It Home, Minnesota” bill that would provide rental assistance to all low-income residents paying more than they can afford in rent. Minnesota state Rep. Michael Howard, DFL-Richfield, and […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: - January 14, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. He specifically mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and […]

One man’s path out of homelessness

BY: - January 4, 2022

One man’s path out of homelessness

Reformer Radio, rent control and zoning issues: 2021 in review

BY: - December 30, 2021

This year was both incredibly challenging and rewarding. I started a podcast that brought our reporting to your ears. I helped cover two criminal trials of police officers and the issues at the center of a critical, off-year election for the Twin Cities and the state. And I continued digging into housing and labor issues […]

Minneapolis rent control advocates call for 3% annual cap with inflation considerations

BY: - December 20, 2021

Campaign leaders of the successful rent control ballot initiative in Minneapolis say they want the city council to pass a policy similar to the stringent one St. Paul voters approved in November: a 3% cap on annual increases on all properties throughout the city. In one significant divergence from St. Paul, however, leaders of the […]

Feds giving states $260 million for highway safety

BY: - December 20, 2021

The federal government has announced that it is giving nearly $260 million in grants to states to beef up their highway safety. The funding, which will be distributed to highway safety offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, comes from the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure law, according to the National Highway Traffic […]

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Staying in a shelter will be free for families in Hennepin County

BY: - December 10, 2021

Homeless families in the state’s largest county that move into a shelter will not be expected to pay for their stay, thanks to a unanimous vote of the Hennepin County Board. The move lifts a requirement that led some families to use public benefits like Social Security to pay shelter costs.  Single people haven’t had […]

Rural Minnesota hit hard by high cost of propane

BY: - December 9, 2021

PINE COUNTY — The cost of propane hasn’t been this high in nearly a decade, up more than 60% from last year alone, forcing consumers to spend hundreds of dollars more this winter to heat their homes. “I remember when the prices were good, and you could buy a lot and just have it,” said […]

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for billions in assistance […]

Surging catalytic converter thefts spur state crackdowns

BY: - November 8, 2021

If you start your car one morning and hear a loud roar when you hit the gas pedal, you might have been robbed. That disturbing sound could signal that a thief has cut out the catalytic converter, a device mounted near the tailpipe that changes environmentally hazardous engine exhaust into less harmful gases. The number […]

What will Minneapolis’ rent control policy look like?

BY: - November 5, 2021

Minneapolis voters gave city leaders the green light to move forward with enacting rent control, with 53% of voters approving a ballot measure on Tuesday. But what kind of policy gets passed — if any at all — is up to a new, slightly more moderate city council and reelected mayor, who are unlikely to […]