Our Agenda

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.

2019 - 2020 Homes for All Legislative Agenda

The dollar amounts are flexible in order to adapt to budget forecasts and lawmaker priorities.


Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Request: 

  • Challenge Program - $15M per biennium: Funds a flexible tool used for the development and preservation of multi and single family housing
  • Local Housing Trust Fund - $10M one-time: state match for local communities to fund development of housing
  • Workforce Homeownership Minnesota (WHOM) - $20M per biennium: Funding for affordable homeownership opportunities
  • Homework Starts with Home - $4M per biennium: supports collaborative efforts between schools, housing organizations, and local governments to identify, engage, and stabilize students experiencing homelessness and their families
  • Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) - $4M per biennium: Funding to serve adults, youth and children at risk of experiencing homelessness.
  • Bridges - $2M per biennium: Funds necessary rental assistance for adults with a serious mental illness

Department of Human Services/Health & Human Services (DHS):

  • Emergency Services Program (ESP) - $15M per biennium: Funds emergency shelters and homeless support programs (low barriers, etc.)
  • Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing) - $4M per biennium: Funds room and board for long-term homeless Minnesotans
  • Supportive Housing for Adults with Serious Mental Illness - $2M per biennium: Funds scattered and site-based housing supports for adults with serious mental illness
  • Long-Term Homeless Supportive Services - $1.8M per biennium: Expands services to Minnesotans experience chronic homelessness
  • Homeless Youth Act - $2M per biennium: Funds programs and supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness

Taxes:

  • Tax Credit Contribution Fund - $50M annually: Create a fund where in exchange for contributions to affordable housing projects, contributors receive a dollar for dollar credit on their state tax liability
  • Restore Renter’s Credit for Resident Owned Manufactured Housing Parks - $180K per biennium: taxpayers living in resident-owned manufactured housing cooperatives will be able to claim property taxes on the land their home is on.

Policy Request:

  • Longer Minimum Affordability Terms: Require affordable housing development or preservation project that receive a financial and/or tax credit award form MHFA to maintain affordability for 30 years.
  • Manufactured Housing Right of First Refusal: allow residents of manufactured home parks to the opportunity to match the developers' price when a sale of an MH is taking place and require park owners to engage in fair purchasing agreement with residents or nonprofits interested in purchasing the park
  • Tax Exempt Bond Repeal and Replace: Repeal the changes to the TEB allocations passed in 2018 and replace it with the five consensus agreements support by H4A in 2018
  • Pay or Quit Eviction Protection:  Require landlords to provide a notice in advance of filing an eviction for nonpayment of rent

Bonding Request 

  • General Obligation Bonds (GO) - $100M per biennium: Public Housing rehabilitation
  • Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB) - $200M per biennium: preservation of federally subsidized rental housing, construction of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and for Community Land Trust land acquisitions for single family home ownership

In addition to the 2019-2020 Homes for All Legislative Agenda, Homes for All is in support of:

  • Minnesota Family Investment Program Increase: seeks a $200 per month  increase to MFIP cash assistance
  • General Assistance Cost of Living Adjustment: attach a cost of living adjustment to GA
  • Lead Safe Hoomes: $2M for lead paint abatement
  • Manufactured Housing Relocation Trust Fund Cap Adjustment $3M:  Increase the balance cap to support moving when parks are closed, moved, etc. and put in place additional collection fees
  • Tenant Protections: Protections to mitigate homelessness and housing instability.  Includes Reducing Impact of Evictions, Ban the Box on Housing Applications and Section 8 Non-discrimination

Photo from the 2017 Homes for All Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol

Who We Are

Homes for All is a statewide coalition that advances shared policy initiatives that lead to housing stability for all Minnesotans. Homes for All supports statewide investment across Minnesota's Housing Continuum.