Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill allowing homeowners to remove racial covenants on residential housing.
The bill, sponsored by Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, passed the Minnesota Senate 63-1. released the following statement.
“Minnesota’s deep segregation is not by accident. Racial covenants existed to stop African-Americans and people of color from owning property in certain areas, and we see the ramifications of these covenants to this day,” said Hayden. “This bill will help homeowners reject racial covenants and is one step in working to address disparities in Minnesota.”
The Twin Cities are among the leading regions in the country when it comes to racial gaps in homeownership. While the level of white homeownership is 12 points above the national rate at 76 percent, homeownership among African-Americans is 23 percent and people of color broadly 40 percent – both well below the national average.