Articles

Local, state, and nationwide media covering ACER’s impact and mission

One of our Georgetown tenants, Aisha Conteh, was interviewed for this article by the Sahan Journal. It also mentions how ACER and other organizations have been helping renters navigate the RentHelpMN program.

Sahan Journal

ACER is a proud member of the Alliance, a coalition of 33 member organizations, that works on issues like transit, housing, and strengthening jobs throughout the Twin Cities. Check out the article to read more and to hear from our Executive Director, Nelima!

Minnesota Women's Press

University of Minnesota hosts new nationwide COVID-19 initiative to reach immigrants and refugees. The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants will draw funds from a CDC grant. Goals include studying best practices for vaccine communication and medical training.

Photographed above is our Director of Health Equity! Read about the awesome work Wynfred has been doing below!

Sahan Journal

Community Powered Planing: Bringing people together to shape the Bottineau corridor. Read about ACER and community members celebrating Brooklyn Park’s new bike and pedestrian safety demonstration project, and providing feedback on improvements.

Minnesota Women's Press

ACER is a member of the Northwest Labor and Community Collaborative. The Collaborative initiated the Communities United for Strong Schools and Local Representation. Learn about how, together we are working with parents and community members to advocate for changes to the Osseo Area School Board elections process.

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This article from the University of Minnesota features ACER’s work to assess barriers to leading healthy lifestyles through a listening project in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. Focus groups with residents of various ethnic backgrounds revealed that accessing healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food is a significant challenge for many Brooklyn Park residents.

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Nelima Sitati Munene is shifting the housing narrative. Nelima was a college student living in Brooklyn Park when she received a knock on her apartment door from a community organizer who wanted to know how she felt about a proposal to demolish an apartment complex in her neighborhood. It was the first time Nelima had heard of the proposal – and when she learned of a narrative that she says blamed renters for instability in their community.

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ACER & AEON secure $77 million to preserve affordable housing in Brooklyn Park.  We learned that a senior housing complex was threatened, so we worked with the city council to recommend a sale to the affordable housing nonprofit Aeon. Read about how we accomplished this huge task.

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In a huge victory for Brooklyn Park renters, ACER successfully advocated for a mixed-income housing policy for the city of Brooklyn Park. The policy ensures that new housing developments must offer 5 percent of units at 30 percent of the area median income, maintaining a fair and affordable rate for the city’s lowest-income renters.

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Metro Ryders, etc. is a light-hearted, recreational bicycling and physical fitness club powered by ACER and based in Brooklyn Park with members coming from across the 7-county metro region. It promotes cycling, rollerblading, walking, and jogging at all skills levels, and keeps the activities safe and fun. The club encourages active living through physical activity and wellness in the northern and northwest corners of the Twin Cities and surrounding counties. MRe visits a different park and trail system each week with the goal of encouraging active living and exposing its members to the region’s abundant biking, pedestrian, parks, and natural assets.

ACER is a co-chair of the Blue Line Coalition, a group of community organizations working to incorporate community power and voices in the planning of the Blue Line light rail extension through North Minneapolis and the northwest suburbs.

At the beginning of the pandemic, before we really knew what COVID was or how to respond to it, we knew evictions for our small business owners were inevitable. We hosted a “car action” to be safe while demonstrating the need for a rent cancelation for small businesses.