We did it!
The S.A.F.E. Housing Tenant Protection Ordinance passed City Council with unanimous support this Wednesday, making St. Paul home to the strongest renter rights in Minnesota. This ordinance is the result of community efforts- so thank you to all you West Siders who came out to support this issue by giving our Council member Rebecca Noecker a call!
Starting March 1st of 2021, this ordinance will change five points of tenant-landlord law:
- capping security deposits at one month’s rent
- reforming tenant screening criteria (with regards to credit scores and criminal history)
- forbidding landlords from terminating leases without a “Just Cause” in writing
- requiring landlords of affordable housing to give advance notice of sale and
- requiring landlords to provide tenants with a manuel on their rights and responsibilities
Book Club- We Keep Us Safe (author Zach Norris)
WSCO, in partnership with Root & Restore, will host this book club. You will be contacted with more information once your registration is filled out.
To build community power and a shared vision of what real community safety is, Root & Restore St Paul is hosting a book club this summer to read and discuss Zach Norris's We Keep Us Safe. Norris presents a compelling argument for why our current system of policing and punishment doesn't work and why we need to transition to a care-based model for building safer, healthier communities.
Let's get this party started and pin down a date for us to meet online to talk about the book!
As Board directors for the West Side Community Organization (WSCO), the district planning council for Saint Paul’s mulit-ethnic enclave across the Mississippi River from downtown, our work has long been involved with housing justice. Injustice and displacement have impacted the West Side for generations and the Covid-19 pandemic has only aggravated the already precarious housing conditions of many long-term West Side residents. But that is not all.
The social unrest that has erupted in the Twin Cities is not only a response to the murder of George Floyd and others at the hands of the police. It is a response to other racial injustices, against Black and Brown communities, with housing injustice as just one of them. Community has spoken at a magnitude and collective clarity few of us have ever witnessed in our lifetime. The listening has happened and now is the time to act. We will not stand for injustice, we will not make excuses for inaction, and we are pressing elected officials to make meaningful change that protects the basic needs of every individual and family.
That’s why WSCO so strongly supports the S.A.F.E renter protection ordinances coming before the Saint Paul City Council on June 24th for a public hearing and final vote.
Honor George Floyd – Build Peace
At WSCO, we reject violent and failing practices, and we demand justice for George Floyd, his family, and community members. We also demand accountability from decision-makers. We know that these violent systems were created by people, and they can be changed by people.
We stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters who may be hurting at this time. Please look out for each other. Especially our youth and most vulnerable.
Community Rebuilding - Want to donate? Help clean up? Here are some ideas.
City Wide Support Efforts - List #1
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Community Donations being collected at El Burrito Mercado
The video of our recent Webinar "Action to Equity: Stories of our past, Visions of our future" is now online! This event was the first of a series of webinars and took place on May 14, 2020.
Share your feedback: Proposed Robert St. lane changes
Starting in early June, MnDOT plans to micro-surface and restripe stretches of Robert St., with the goal of changing the number of lanes in certain areas from five and four lanes to three lanes, to improve overall safety. The proposed lane changes on Robert St. would occur just south of Plato Blvd. in St. Paul to the intersection at Cesar Chavez St.
This blog post summarizes City Website information and documents - Click here for City Site
RM Zoning Study
The Saint Paul Planning Commission released proposed amendments to the RM Zoning Districts for public review and will discuss at their meeting on May 1 at 8:30 a.m.
The chair of the Planning Commission has determined that it is not practical nor prudent for the Planning Commission to meet in-person or pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.02. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, it is not feasible for any member of Planning Commission to be present at the regular location, and all members of the Planning Commission will attend the May 1 meeting by telephone or other electronic means. It is also not feasible for members of the public to attend the meeting at its regular location due to the health pandemic and emergency. Accordingly, no meeting will be held in City Hall at 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard in the City of Saint Paul. Members of the public may monitor this meeting remotely the following way: Join by phone (choose one):
(651) 267-3988 meeting code 2570450#
(651) 266-5758 meeting code 2570450#
(651) 266-5767 meeting code 2570450#
Donate Today! The West Side Solidarity Fund: Emergency Relief for Tenants is a grassroots fundraising effort to provide economic relief for renters in Saint Paul, MN's West Side Neighborhood (zip code 55107) who are otherwise unable to access state/federal resources due to immigration status and for low-wage renters who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.