Over 200 Minneapolis and suburban city officials, housing developers, and others involved in affordable housing came together to mark the 10th anniversary…. Over 200 Minneapolis and suburban city officials, housing developers, and others involved in affordable housing came together to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hollman lawsuit and to celebrate the more than 350 public housing units that have been developed in suburban communities to date. The luncheon was held Friday, Nov. 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis and was sponsored by the Family Housing Fund and the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA).
On July 29, 1992, the Hollman vs. Cisneros lawsuit was filed by Legal Aid and the NAACP on behalf of a number of Minneapolis’ public housing and Section 8 families alleging historical patterns of segregation in the location of public housing on the basis of race and income. The lawsuit was filed against the MPHA, the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and later, the Metropolitan Council.
By 1992, Minneapolis’s family public housing units served mostly low-income families of color and were heavily concentrated on the near northside. These units were also in increasingly distressed condition. The lawsuit sought more locational choice and improved housing conditions for families in public housing and Section 8 programs.
In 1995 a settlement was reached and formalized as the Hollman Consent Decree in Federal Court. The heart of the decree called for the demolition of 770 units of public housing on Minneapolis’ near Northside and the replacement of these units throughout the metro area—including 200 units back on the near northside, 80 units in other areas of Minneapolis, and 490 units in suburban communities.
“When I first heard the news about the Hollman lawsuit, I remember thinking that this could be very positive for low-income families—replacing worn-out housing with brand new housing throughout the metro area. I also remember thinking this is going to be nearly impossible to accomplish,” said Family Housing Fund President Tom Fulton. “Ten years later, the Twin Cities has accomplished what no other metropolitan area in the country has by developing over 350 public housing units in suburban communities—with more to come.”
The event was a celebration of home, family, community, and partnerships. Roxanne Battle from KARE 11 emceed the event and moderated a lively panel discussion with key players involved in the implementation of Hollman, including Fulton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, MPHA Executive Director Cora McCorvey, Fulton, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Kit Hadley, Metropolitan Council’s Karen Dewar, HUD’s Shawn Huckleby, and Minnetonka Mayor Karen Anderson.