EXCERPT: “The Metropolitan Council approved $2.5 million in affordable housing grants for Twin Cities communities on Nov. 15 as part of a larger housing initiative. Officials say the award will benefit seven metro-area housing developments and will create, or preserve, more than 250 affordable homes. ‘The best way to lift up our communities is to ensure that all residents, all families have the security of a home that’s safe and affordable, where they and their loved ones can thrive and prosper,’ said Met Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2Tr995F