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Minnesota Housing Partnership submitted a comment on Monday, Sept. 21 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development urging withdrawal of a rule that would sanction discrimination in shelters for people experiencing homelessness. View MHP’s comment here.

“MHP recognizes that the proposed rule change is a part of the current administration’s ongoing efforts to limit the rights and protections for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender people,” wrote Elizabeth Glidden, MHP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy. “This Proposed Rule would strip protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people seeking HUD-funded shelter and is rooted in harmful and dangerous stereotypes about transgender persons, particularly transgender women.”

“We urge that this proposed rule change be withdrawn in its entirety.”

The rule change was published on July 24 and is titled, “Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Facilities Under Community Planning and Development Housing Programs.” It provides a list of ways for shelters to turn away transgender and gender expansive people. 

“This proposed rule would grant single-gender shelters permission to close their doors to transgender people experiencing homelessness, an unacceptable result,” MHP’s comment states. ”MHP believes that moving forward with this proposed rule change is egregious and cruel, and particularly so during a global pandemic when access to housing may mean the difference between life and death.”

For more than two decades Minnesota law has protected the rights of transgender and gender expensive residents. 

“Minnesota values strengthening protections for transgender community members, not weakening them,” MHP stated. 

MHP is excited to announce Daniel Atunah-Jay as our new Director of Finance and Human Resources. Daniel’s extensive experience in accounting and administration will help position MHP for a strong future in an increasingly complicated fiscal environment.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Daniel’s past experience includes work as an auditor, with a foundation, and as a nonprofit CFO.  He currently serves on the Model Cities Board of Directors where he built a knowledge base on affordable housing, and runs his own social enterprise to support micro entrepreneurs in Africa to maintain their financial records.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Daniel,” said Anne Mavity, Executive Director. “Daniel joined MHP as an interim director of finance earlier this summer and we are excited that he is joining our team full time.”

Daniel joins MHP after a prior tenure as Chief Financial Officer at the Minneapolis Urban League.

On joining MHP, Daniel says, “I am privileged to add my experience to the MHP team who are leaders in advocating for affordable housing for the underserved communities.”

 

Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk has been selected for the 2020 Twin Cities Film Festival. Produced by Twin Cities PBS, in partnership with MHP and local advocates and funders, “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” reveals the price we all pay when families are pushed out of our communities as modestly priced units are replaced with upscale developments. 

The 2017 documentary is based on a groundbreaking MHP report by the same name. That report tracked a root cause of displacement: strong growth among renter households with higher incomes has created a strong incentive to re-position older properties with diverse populations for younger, more affluent households. The new 60-minute documentary provides first-hand accounts from numerous former residents of the Crossroads at Penn, sharing the devastating impacts of being pushed from a place where some had resided for decades.

Be sure to check out this year’s online-only Twin Cities Film Festival happening October 22nd-31st.