Dear Riverton co-op & townhome residents:
As most of you know, recent executive orders were signed by the president restricting individuals from certain countries from entering the United States. As an organization with roots dating back to the early 70s, Riverton Community Housing has helped make the educational goals of students from all backgrounds more accessible by developing and supporting quality and affordable housing communities operating on a nonprofit and democratic basis. Five of the six housing communities we manage are cooperatives, which are generally operated around the world under the Seven Cooperative Principles, the first of which is Voluntary and Open Membership. Principle #1 reads: “Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.”
As an organization that manages housing communities whose membership is comprised of students and families from all walks of life, including immigrants and international students, we are disheartened by these recent executive orders. While it is currently unknown how these recent (or future) developments may affect rental communities in particular, we would like all residents to know that Riverton-managed housing communities will continue to abide by the cooperative principles as well as Minnesota fair housing laws, which state that landlords are required by law to not discriminate in the rental of property based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, creed, sexual or affectional orientation, ancestry, marital status, or receipt of public assistance. We believe that inclusion and openness are integral to safe, healthy communities.
If you are a student at the University of Minnesota and are seeking immigration and/or legal resources, you can visit International Student and Scholar Services and University Student Legal Service. Other resources may be available through the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office or by consulting the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.
Respectfully and in cooperation,
Riverton Community Housing