We know that Minnesota communities of all sizes need safe and stable housing to thrive. But a full-time worker earning minimum wage can't afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment in any of Minnesota's counties, seniors are making tough sacrifices to keep food on the table, and children are struggling in school because they lack a stable place to call home.
This election season, we can tackle these issues, building homes and boosting affordability with our ballots. To do that, though, it’s essential we know where candidates stand on housing issues.
That’s why Minnesota Housing Partnership, with support from Homes for All MN coalition partners, has invited candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives to complete a questionnaire on housing issues. The questionnaire is nonpartisan, and not part of an endorsement process for any candidate or political party. It covers a range of topics – from housing issues impacting their district and housing for workers and seniors, to racial disparities in housing and homelessness.
- Tweet directly at your candidates and encourage them to complete the questionnaire by Thursday, August 23. Be sure to use the hashtag: #Vote4HomesMN and include a link to the questionnaire webpage: bit.ly/MHP-questionnaire. Find sample Tweets here.
- If your candidate(s) respond, tweet directly at your candidates to thank them for sharing their views. Again, don’t forget to include #Vote4HomesMN and bit.ly/MHP-questionnaire. Find sample Tweets here.
- Learn more about how to engage candidates around affordable housing using these resources from National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Our Homes, Our Votes campaign.
Download this promo kit for cut-and-paste social media material, graphics, and more to help you engage with candidates, housing advocates, and community members across the state.