“Homes for All,” a new documentary about the need for affordable housing in Minnesota, has been airing on Twin Cities Public Television.
Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and affordable housing residents are among those interviewed.
“We hoped that ”˜Homes for All' would help people better understand that affordable housing is a tremendous asset to local communities. We wanted people to be able to see just how well built and attractive today's affordable housing is, and that the people who live there are regular folks—the kind you'd want to have as neighbors,” says Chip Halbach, executive director of Minnesota Housing Partnership, one of the sponsors of the documentary.
While looking at current issues surrounding affordable housing, the film visits three housing developments—Quarry View Townhomes in Apple Valley, the Hope Community in south Minneapolis, and Forest Ridge Townhomes in Forest Lake.
The film recounts the intense opposition that Forest Ridge faced. “We still need that million-and- half dollar home on the lake.
That is part of Forest Lake, but we also need places where every Joe and Jill can have a place to live here in Forest Lake and be a part of this community,” says City Councilwoman Susan Young.
To view “Homes for All,” visit www.mnvideovault.org.