In 2016, the City of Minneapolis Innovation Team produced the report Evictions in Minneapolis, which explored the causes and potential solutions for evictions and involuntary displacement.
See Innovation Team's Evictions Reduction efforts (2018-00163)
In May 2018, elected officials, city staff, and community leaders from 10 cities around the country were brought together by PolicyLink to form the Anti-Displacement Policy Network. One of the key indicators that this process identified was “Reduction in evictions/foreclosures.” In its problem overview, the report to Council identified that “BIPOCI communities experience higher eviction rates,” and that “Evidence suggests BIPOCI communities also experience involuntary rental displacement outside of the eviction process.” It listed as a goal that “Residents renting in zip codes 55411, 55412, and 55404 reside in safe, habitable, affordable, secure/stable, and respectful homes until they choose to leave.”
See Anti-Displacement Policy Network participation report (2019-01102)
In July 2019, City Council adopted the first Strategic and Racial Equity Action which identified the policy priority of Housing stability with the strategic need to Reduce involuntary displacement in rental housing for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Immigrant communities.
See Update on the Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan (2019-00838)
In September 2019, the Council adopted a Renter Protections ordinance, which included limitations on tenant screening criteria and a cap on security deposits.
Renter protections ordinance (2018-00308)