Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition

Grantee Year: 
2018
City: 
Minneapolis
State: 
Minnesota

In 2014, Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition (DGPHC) began as a grassroots organizing campaign founded by a group of low-income residents from Glendale Townhomes when these residents found out their homes were going to be demolished and sold to private developers. Glendale Townhomes, composed of 184 townhomes with over 600 residents with 50% of those residents being children, is located in East Bank, near U of M, in the wealthy Prospect Park Neighborhood. It is the only low-income and public housing in this neighborhood. Glendale, built by Humbert Humphrey when he was the Mayor of Minneapolis from 1948 to 1952, was built for WWII Veterans who were facing a housing shortage at the time. The homes are public housing under the protection of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and managed by the government agency called Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) under the public trust of HUD. In additional to Glendale Townhomes, MPHA also has plans to sell and lease 732 family homes and 42 high rises. DGPHC is organizing to prevent privatization and demolition of public housing communities throughout Minneapolis to stop the displacement of poor people of color out of Minneapolis and the aggressive gentrification plans that are pushed by private developers and their political allies that want to make Minneapolis for the elite, white and wealthy.