Section 8 residents worry that the sale of the Stonehouse Square Apartments will force them out.
The sale of the Stonehouse Square Apartments in northeast Minneapolis forced tenants who didn’t know each other into action.
The owner wasn’t going to renew a contract that set aside apartments for 19 low-income tenants. They had a year to find a new apartment.
Residents called Home Line, an organization focused on tenant advocacy and legal services, for help. And they put up fliers, knocked on doors and met with the building’s owner.
Now a nonprofit potential buyer has emerged, and residents are hopeful that a new owner will let them stay.
“We’ve all realized if we don’t help each other, no one’s going to,” said Trish Turek, a three-year resident living under the Section 8 contract who helped with the organizing.
Across the Twin Cities, building conversions and rent hikes have displaced low-income tenants and caused intense discussions among state and local leaders over how to stop the hemorrhaging of affordable housing. Amid the anxieties, residents are mobilizing.
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