Welcome to Cathy Spann for Ward 5


Cathy Ward Housing

Ward 5 renters and homeowners alike are faced with housing instability. According to the Washington Post, the typical Black family in Minneapolis earns less than half as much as the typical white family. And homeownership among Black people is one-third the rate of white families. To address housing issues in Minneapolis—particularly as they have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—it is essential to work for equity.

As your city councilmember, I will:

  • Team up with the Community Planning and Economic Development’s Housing Development and Policy Division to ensure that equity and inclusion are at the forefront of addressing the disparities in homeownership
  • Support Minneapolis’s Emergency Stabilization Pilot Program, a five-year project providing rental housing to those facing imminent displacement
  • Work with the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Housing to address the city housing policy, homelessness and housing instability, and fair housing development
Ward 5 is impacted by the highest concentration of underrepresented communities who face the greatest disparities in income, poverty, and homeownership when compared to greater Minneapolis. For decades, I’ve listened to my neighbors and created strategies to involve underrepresented residents in the decision-making processes regarding these disparities. I will keep listening as your city councilmember, and together, we can achieve better housing outcomes that give everyone a chance to succeed.
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Pictures: Cathy and neighbors during the Jordan Week of Kindness, doing light repairs for a homeowner who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost.