Reporter | Social issues

Marissa Evans writes about social issues for the Star Tribune.


Minneapolis City Council committee approves $18 million for Affordable Housing Trust Fund projects

"A landmark day," mayor says after the unanimous council committee vote.


Minneapolis rolls out syringe box collection initiative

Ten containers are being deployed to keep used needles off the streets.


'You're not alone': Pregnancy, postpartum helpline gives Minn. moms stigma-free way to get help

Launched in 2011, the pregnancy and postpartum support helpline has supported 1,200 mothers with mental health troubles.


New owner will preserve affordable housing in historic Mpls. building

Commonbond Communities bought Stonehouse Square for $11 million and will renew a Section 8 contract for 19 low-income units.


New rules hit Minneapolis corner stores hard

Minneapolis hopes to help convenience shop owners who say new health laws, particularly on tobacco, have dried up business.


Group behind Minneapolis black-led credit union vows to press on

The organization responsible for overseeing creation of a black-led credit union in north Minneapolis said it’s unsure when the bank will open but is committed…


Minneapolis council to research rent control before moving forward

A 1984 statute would require voters to approve rent control policy but council members first want to consider if the idea works.


St. Paul Public Housing Agency gets OK for program to preserve public housing units

St. Paul agency to receive $220 million over 20 years to keep units maintained.


Minnesota attorney general sues Minneapolis landlord

Keith Ellison says Steven Meldahl failed to repair North Side properties, preyed on low-income tenants.


Trump campaign threatens to sue Mpls. over rally expense

Tensions between Minneapolis city leaders and President Donald Trump's campaign escalated Monday when the campaign threatened to sue the city for trying to force it to pay $530,000 for security during this week's rally.