Meet Houston White: an entrepreneur who started HWMR – a barber shop, coffee house, and boutique bringing a new face to economic community development in North Minneapolis. “[The barber shop] is just sacred to me,” says White. “How can we use that traditional urban space and just make it this mecca for community development?”
Filmed and produced by Ryan Stopera, this video shows an interview with White, who talks about barber shop culture, his familial inspiration to get into business and what black excellence means to him.
For decades, Minneapolis nonprofit organization Youth Link has been providing resources to homeless people aged 16-24. Now, for the first time, they have opened an on-site housing program to provide a place to stay while tenants recover from trauma, save money or finish an education. “If we can crack the nut with this population, whatever we do here will crack the nut with any other at-risk population, because not only is this population disparity-based, it’s also trauma-based,” said Heather Huseby, the organization’s executive director.
At a Midway Chamber of Commerce economic development summit, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said that the city will adopt a minimum wage of $15 – legislation he hopes to sign by the end of the year. Mayor Carter described the issue as “already decided.”
Mayor Carter also extended an invitation to those already working for a $15 minimum wage to join in the discussion.
In Hennepin County, Community Mediation and Restorative Services is working to reduce eviction filings in Minneapolis, especially in North Minneapolis where eviction rates are highest. Currently, women of color are the most frequently evicted. The new program will use mediators, legal help and cash assistance.