What can an engaged neighbor do to help?
Actively voice your support for affordability in your community.
Attend community meetings and support more homes in your community, making room for affordability. Encourage your neighbors to be vocal about the need for affordable housing and funding. 43% of all Minnesota voters are “quiet supporters” of housing. Let your support be known to your elected officials.
- Find out what housing policies are under consideration in your local city. Engage in and support the local discussion.
- Get involved in the state legislative efforts and support a broad based coalition to expand options throughout the state. Explore the Homes for All legislative agenda.
Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit and advocate for policy best practices.
Read our ADU Guidebook and reach out to your city’s planning staff to learn how you can create a rental unit on your own property. Write letters to local elected officials and speak up in meetings, asking that they adopt ADU-friendly local policies.
- Get inspired: Read about other Twin Cities homeowners who have built ADUs and learn how to build one yourself in Home + home: Twin Cities ADU Guidebook for Homeowners.
- Explore policy ideas in ADUs: Housing for a Growing Region.
Host a discussion group within your community of faith.
Invite a housing speaker to help educate your community of faith about housing and identify steps you can take collectively to benefit the community. Collaborate with other faith communities to learn how you can help and to maximize the impact of your efforts.
- Read about one way faith communities are addressing the housing crisis.
Volunteer as a neutral mediator at Housing Court.
Help create win-win solutions to avoid eviction and maintain housing stability.