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Emily Kirkevold

Emily Kirkevold is the Policy & Advocacy Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Prior to joining Habitat, Emily studied Political Science, International Studies, and Hispanic Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has previously worked in various positions within the Minnesota State Senate. Emily is a constant traveler and music lover, who believes in always enjoying the moment.

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2024 City Budgets: Affordable Housing as a Local Priority

December marks the end of the year and the passage of city budgets. Earlier this month, the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul reached the end of their budgeting processes. These new budgets have demonstrated the cities’ commitment to affordable...

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St. Paul Increases Affordable Housing Through Zoning Overhaul

The St. Paul City Council recently voted to overhaul the city's zoning code, earning St. Paul the distinction of being one of the few cities in the...

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What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Ranked Choice Voting is growing in popularity both within Minnesota and across the country (see every place in the United States that uses Ranked...

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What the TIF?

The World of Tax Increment Financing—A Local Government Tool for Affordable Housing At Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re always seeking new and...

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How Advocacy Can Advance Racial Equity in Housing

Co-written by Emily Kirkevold and Muluk Eltag, Policy & Advocacy Coordinators The Twin Cities' housing shortage has caused rising housing prices and...

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Twin Cities Habitat Takes on Washington D.C.!

Every year, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity joins affiliates from across the country to advocate for affordable homeownership. This year marked the...

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Advocacy Update: 2023 City Budgets

The end of the year means many things, but a forgotten part is the passage of our city budgets for the new year! Every December, the cities of...

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Advocacy Update: Twin Cities Habitat's Local Priorities

In addition to advocating at the federal and state levels, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity works to advocate for our affordable homeownership...

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How You Can Be Prepared to Vote Today!

Do you feel prepared to vote in the 2022 midterm elections? For the average voter, Election Day on November 8 may feel too far off to think about...

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Voting and Affordable Housing

It seems like every year is an election year. While elections are an important part of our democratic process, the campaigns leading up to elections...

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