MSU Sociology Club hosts town hall meeting on affordable housing
The Minot State University Sociology Club is sponsoring a town hall meeting Monday (March 26), from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall on the MSU campus. Discussion will focus on affordable housing and renters' rights in Minot.
The guest panel of representatives includes Dick Jenkins, vice president for student affairs; Lisa Eriksmoen, student life director; Amy Moen, Minot Planning Commission president; George Withus, Minot City Council member; Dean Frantsvog, Minot City Council president; Donna Bye, Minot City planner; and Robert Frantsvog, District 40 state representative.
"The Sociology Club adopted affordable housing and homelessness as its agenda two years ago. Last summer, members went to Chicago to visit the (Jane Addams') Hull House and learn more about their programs," said Jynette Larshus, assistant professor of sociology and club advisor.
The Hull House was a Chicago service organization, founded in 1889, which was internationally recognized for its assistance and advocacy programs. It closed this March.
"With the flood last summer, affordable housing became a larger issue," Larshus added. "The club felt that the needs of homeowners were being addressed, but not renters. The questions that kept surfacing were ‘What is the city doing? What is the state doing?' The lack of renters' rights became apparent."
Working with the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, the club continues to research how other cities and agencies work towards alleviating homelessness. The goal is to combine best practices of other communities to create solutions for improving housing in the Minot area.
Monday's town hall meeting is open to MSU students, faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, contact Larshus at email@example.com or 858-4324.