Letter: St. Louis Park lacks enough affordable housing

To the Editor:

There is a lack of affordable housing in our community. The rental market is tight, and for low-income renters there are even fewer options.

Many St. Louis Park residents have experienced, seen first-hand or heard of the effects after the change in ownership at the Meadowbrook Manor Apartments last year. Rents increased, changes to rental requirements were implemented and many families found themselves displaced. As a result, children were unable to continue their education at St. Louis Park Public Schools and nearby businesses lost customers.

Preserving affordable housing is important for the diversity of our vibrant community. St. Louis Park has the opportunity to address our community’s critical need for affordable, dignified housing for all. The St. Louis Park City Council is in the process of reviewing two proposed ordinances that would protect tenants from unjust eviction and help maintain affordable housing in our community.

To learn more about these policies and the state of affordable housing in our city, the St. Louis Park Community Housing Team is hosting a community wide housing forum 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd. There will be a showing of the TPT 2 documentary “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” as well as a panel discussion including tenants and housing experts on the current affordable housing crisis and what we can do as a community to respond.

Kelly Zastrow

St. Louis Park