Advocacy

Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives. Where we call home affects the groceries we buy, where we send our kids to school, and how we thrive in our community. At every stage of life, where we live is the foundation for our health, education, safety, and economic wellbeing.

But in communities across the state, there isn’t enough affordable housing. This leaves few options for Minnesotans struggling to make ends meet.

Housing instability threatens individuals, families, and students. More than 1 in 4 households in Minnesota are housing cost-burdened, an increase of more than 70% since 2000. More than half of Minnesotans experiencing homelessness are children and youth, with nearly 9,500 public school students identified as homeless or highly mobile during the 2015-16 school year.

Minnesota will thrive when everyone has a place to call home. Our legislative proposal strengthens Minnesota’s Housing Continuum, in every corner of the state.

2017 Homes for All Legislative Request

Homes for All requests an additional $30 million in the state budget for the full spectrum of housing needs: investments will prevent and end homelessness, promote affordable housing, and prepare homeowners.

Homes for All also requests $100 million in bonds for housing. These investments provide critical funding to build and preserve affordable housing throughout the state. In addition, we propose policy changes to promote senior housing and fairness for renters. Download our legislative materials for more information: 

 

Supported Proposals

Unlocking Opportunities legislation will create a statewide competitive grant program funding supportive housing for people with felony convictions – those who have been locked out of opportunities to work, learn job skills, be healthy, and re-connect with their families and communities. Funding at $14.1 million would serve 750 Minnesotans. Learn more at http://www.beaconinterfaith.org/advocate

Increasing the Minnesota Supplemental Aid – Housing Assistance monthly subsidy from $194 to $367 per month so more individuals with disabilities can transition out of group residential settings and into independent housing. Learn more at http://mnccd.org/?page_id=31

Manufactured Housing Infrastructure Repair Fund: Manufactured home parks are a critical source of affordable housing in Minnesota, but in many parks, the private roads, sewers, and water serving them are approaching the end of their useful lives. Failing infrastructure can put these parks at risk of redevelopment, eliminating a scarce and critical housing resource. The Manufactured Housing Infrastructure Repair Fund proposal creates an infrastructure fund that would give residents, nonprofits, and government an important tool to preserve this housing resource in perpetuity.

Local Housing Trust Funds (LHTF) are a consistent, flexible source of funds that allow communities to prioritize the developments that maximize benefit to local people. Communities can leverage LHTFs to attract additional resources from public and private organizations, and ultimately, make possible the projects that bring more investment, jobs, and people to the region. Proposal clarifies local jurisdictions’ authority to establish LHTFs and encourages local jurisdictions to pool multiple funding sources to fund an LHTF. For more information, please go to: http://mhponline.org/policy/state

The Workforce Home Ownership (WHOM) Program was established by the legislature in 2016 with a one-time appropriation to help address our state’s housing shortage. The Program’s goal is to double the number of workforce ownership units built annually. The WHOM Partnership seeks to capture the annual growth in the mortgage registry and deed taxes and dedicate those funds to implement this program.  

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