Mayor Melvin Carter Announces SAFE Housing Community Feedback Sessions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2019

Contact:
Peter Leggett
peter.leggett@ci.stpaul.mn.us
651-307-8603

SAINT PAUL -  Today, Mayor Melvin Carter announced a series of SAFE Housing Community Feedback Sessions for community members to learn about and provide feedback on prospective tenant protection policies in the City of Saint Paul.

As a part of “S.A.F.E. Housing Saint Paul” - an acronym that stands for stable, accessible, fair and equitable - these sessions will help inform the development of new tenant protection policies that support the City’s fair housing goals of decreasing displacement and increasing stable, accessible, fair and equitable housing opportunities for everyone.

“Stable, accessible, fair, and equitable housing is a basic human need,” said Mayor Melvin Carter. “Come join the conversation and help us shape a set of tenant protections that work for all of us.”

“Since being sworn in a year ago as the only renter on the City Council, I’ve worked to bring renter voices to the table to ensure our lived experiences are central to the policies we develop in City Hall,” said Councilmember Mitra Jalali Nelson. “Tackling our housing crisis requires protections that help more people get access to housing now. I’m proud to help lift up the work begun in our community for fair housing and look forward to passing a set of tenant protections this year.”

The sessions will focus on an array of policy areas including tenant rights and responsibilities information, just cause notice, advance notice of sale, security deposit limitations, and tenant screening guidelines. This follows work by community partners to elevate the need for local leadership in helping every resident get access to housing, as well as community conversations with renters, homeowners, and landlords hosted by council offices and city staff in every Ward across St Paul earlier this summer.

The sessions will be hosted by the Office of Financial Empowerment and the Department of Planning and Economic Development. Event details are listed below:

  • Thursday, October 17, 2:00-4:00 PM: Sun Ray Library - 3M Community Room at 2105 Wilson Ave, St Paul, MN 55119
  • Tuesday, October 22, 6:00-8:00 PM: Wellstone Center - Room 212 at 179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107
  • Friday, October 25, 1:00-3:00 PM: Rice Street Library at 1011 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117

More information can be found at https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/safe-housing-feedback-sessions

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