Over the past several months, housing advocates and stakeholders met to identify ways to increase the efficiency of the tax-exempt bonds process. The group included representatives from 15 different organizations representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Five recommendations were agreed upon by members of the group. The tax-exempt bond steering committee will work on advancing these five agreements into legislation in 2018.
The recommendations can be found here for your review.
At our last Homes for All meeting, the Policy Team was tasked with sharing the recommendations with the entire coalition. After discussing the agreements, the Policy Team’s recommendation for the coalition is that these 5 agreements be included on our 2018 Legislative Agenda. Homes for All co-chairs and coordinating team members are looking to the full coalition to approve these additions to our legislative agenda.
Governor's Task Force on Housing
Governor Dayton officially launched “Securing Minnesota’s Housing Future: The Governor’s Task Force on Housing” in late December, appointing 28 members to a Task Force that will identify innovative strategies to create and preserve affordable apartments and homes and ensure all Minnesotans have a place to call home.
They are seeking input from people across Minnesota about housing priorities as they set the agenda for their working groups on homeownership, rental housing, and housing stability and opportunity. The first survey is available now and all are encouraged to share their housing priorities by January 17. The Task Force will conduct extensive community engagement and research before issuing its final report in July 2018. See a list of Task Force members, what led to its formation, and how you can get involved at www.mnhousingtaskforce.com.
Allison & Senta
Homes for All, Co-Chairs