- Created: Friday, 01 December 2017 14:15
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
For many Twin Cities immigrants even today, the dream of securing a safe, healthy affordable home is out of reach.
A new study reveals that the three largest immigrant populations in the Twin Cities — the Hmong, Latino, and Somali communities — carry a heavier burden and specific challenges when it comes to securing safe, stable housing in the communities that benefit from their essential contributions.
The Twin Cities immigrant population has grown rapidly in recent decades. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of foreign-born residents living in the region spiked by 74 percent, rising from 206,500 to 359,500. Today, 12 percent of all Twin Cities metropolitan area residents are foreign-born. Immigrants play an increasingly significant role in the Twin Cities community — but too many face significant and systemic barriers to finding and maintaining adequate and affordable housing.
Given the urgent need to identify lasting solutions for the growing immigrant community so that all of our region’s residents can thrive, the Minnesota Housing Partnership, Minnesota Budget Project and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs conducted interviews with more than a dozen leaders from the Hmong, Latino, and Somali communities to explore not only what barriers exist, but also what resources and community engagement strategies are needed to remedy their constituents’ housing challenges.