Throughout Minnesota and right here in Hennepin County there are opportunities for low income wage earners to find affordable rental housing. Federal laws require that states provide certain amounts of such housing, so that individuals of all levels of affluence have chances to get into their own properties. However, several local communities are questioning the state's implementation of that requirement and have made their challenge in the form of a complaint based in the Fair Housing Act.
Three communities and one organization -- Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield and the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing -- are parties to the complaint. They have alleged that the majority of low-income rental housing is in non-affluent neighborhoods. The communities and group want the state to spread such housing opportunities out, including into the predominantly white suburbs of the Twin Cities.