Homeless Tenants Union: Unhoused Self-Advocacy in the Twin Cities

Bloomington, MN – In November 2020, Unicorn Riot sat down with a handful of people who are a part of a new union of unhoused community members at an Extended Stay America hotel in Bloomington, MN, where several have been temporarily residing. They told us about the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro areas and offered solutions to begin addressing the root causes of housing crises.

One person noted that while hundreds of thousands in the United States are experiencing homelessness and poverty, billionaires like Jeff Bezos continue to hoard wealth. They explained, “The working poor and the working class have been paying for decades, and they’ve been profiting off our backs and our suffering. It’s their turn to pay. They need to come help us.

See our past report on the forming of the tenants union: Unhoused Community Forms Tenants Union, Constituents Protest at Commissioner’s Home


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Unicorn Riot's 2020 Unhoused Crisis in Minneapolis:
  • Winter of Coronavirus: Seeking Shelter in Minneapolis During COVID–19 - December 14, 2020
  • Unhoused Community Forms Tenants Union, Constituents Protest at Commissioner’s Home - November 11, 2020
  • Minneapolis Prioritizing Park Sweeps Over Sheltering the Unhoused - October 29, 2020
  • ‘No KKKops, No Pipelines’ Banner Dropped in Minneapolis - October 6, 2020
  • Reclaimed Space Sprouts From Uprising’s Embers - September 28, 2020
  • Peavey Park Sanctuary Homeless Camp Evicted in Minneapolis - September 24, 2020
  • New Month Brings Added Urgency To Minneapolis’ Housing Needs - September 2, 2020
  • Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured To Move, No Housing Solution In Sight - August 22, 2020
  • Minneapolis Police Sweep West Powderhorn Encampment, Pepper Spray Defenders - August 15, 2020
  • Authorities Visit Loring Park Tent Encampment, Bring Eviction Scare - August 10, 2020
  • Minneapolis’ Unhoused Speak Out Against Years of Evictions - August 3, 2020
  • Minneapolis Park Police Displace Sanctuary Encampment - July 22, 2020
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