Our community and families on 22nd Ave have worked tirelessly for over two years to make our vision of commuity-run safe and affordable housing a reality and win our buildings! Now with COVID-19 we face additional challenges as we walk the path to direct ownership! Planned costs to repair the decades of neglect have gone up, and many of our families are out of work during the global pandemic.
Please continue to support this movement and our shared vision for community stewardship of housing that is democratically run, safe, and dignified.
Together we will take this model and lift this vision across the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota!
My name is Chloe Jackson and I am a member of United Renters For Justice. My neighbors and I are fighting for our homes.
My neighbors and I have a dream of purchasing the buildings we live in and turning them into housing cooperatives. We need your help to make this dream come true. We are working with United Renters for Justice to organize, train ourselves, learn how to run a cooperative and make sure none of us get evicted. Together, our neighbors have already raised $10,000 dollars, but we need your help to raise enough money to purchase our buildings. Minneapolis is in a housing crisis, with families facing gentrification and displacement. Housing cooperatives can be a solution to this crisis and we want you to be a part of it.
Help us build our housing cooperative by donating to our Crowdrise today.
I have lived in my home in the Corcoran neighborhood for 6 years. I live with my son, Treyvon. I love where I live because it is diverse, we all support each other, we all spend time together, my son’s school is nearby and we even have a local farmers market twice a week. But now my landlord, Steve Frenz, is trying to evict me and my neighbors.
In 2015 renters like me started to organize with United Renters For Justice for better repairs in buildings owned by Steve Frenz, because we were all experiencing cockroach and mice infestations, water leaks, mold, and a whole lot of other problems because he was neglecting our buildings. In 2018 the city revoked Steve Frenz’s rental licenses meaning he can’t rent out any buildings anymore in Minneapolis. Some of my fellow renters in his buildings also started a class action lawsuit, for which he will have to pay 18.5 million dollars back to us. Since then he has had to sell all of his buildings, and he has, except for 5 last buildings. In the last 5 buildings he owns, he is trying to evict everyone before selling them. I live in one of those 5 buildings. This is my home, my son's home, and my neighbor's home and we are fighting for it.
We believe in keeping hard working families and communities together. Help us remain in our home and build our housing cooperative by donating today.
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