As part of the Homes for All MN legislative agenda setting process, the coalition hears policy proposals for consideration on the biennial legislative agenda. This process provides members and non-members an opportunity to participate in and influence the coalition’s policy agenda. The coalition will be returning to a one-year agenda for the 2021 legislative session, but will be implementing a tiered agenda. 

Process overview

  1. The policy team solicits and accepts policy proposals for amendment through applications. Click here to see the application. Please reference the Goals and Values document and the Scoring Matrix to help you fill out the application as completely as possible.
  2. All applicants are given the opportunity to present their proposals at a policy team meeting.
  3. The policy team hears and considers proposals, while using the scoring matrix to help evaluate proposals. The team then creates a draft policy agenda after hearing proposals, while weighing political realities.
  4. The policy team provides a recommendation to the entire coalition to adopt, reject, or amend the draft agenda. 
  5. The adopted items will be added to the full or support Homes for All legislative agenda for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.

Timeline

October 1 - Application process opens

October 15 - Applications are due by 5:00pm, to be emailed to the policy co-chairs

October 26 & 30 - Proposals will be assigned a day/time and presentations will be given to the policy team. All presentations will be conducted over Zoom this year.

November 5 - Homes for All Policy Team meets on Zoom to discuss proposals and vote on a recommendation to the full coalition (other dates may be added as necessary to continue and complete discussions).

November 14 - Homes for All Policy Team submits recommendations for the agenda to the full coalition for review.

December 10 – Homes for All full coalition meets on Zoom to formally vote on the agenda.

Who can submit an application?

Anyone can submit a proposal for consideration by the Homes for All coalition.

While developing a policy proposal may seem daunting for non-policy professionals, Homes for All encourages anyone who has identified a problem or need and conceptualized a solution to consider proposing policy ideas. At a minimum, your policy proposal needs to: 1) identify a problem or need and 2) present a solution. Because the coalition is developing a state legislative agenda, the solutions should require state legislation.

Learn more about how to develop a policy proposal.

How are proposals evaluated?  

Proposals are initially evaluated on the application form and to what extent the proposal meets the goals and values for the 2021 legislative session. A scoring matrix will be used to help narrow down proposals for consideration on Tier One of the Agenda.

After all proposals have been presented, the policy committee meets to evaluate the political feasibility of each proposal.

Then, the policy co-chairs provide a recommendation to the full coalition for final consideration and adoption by December 10th. 

What is the role of the policy committee?

The policy team convenes a series of meetings throughout the fall to facilitate the legislative agenda setting process. Team members participate in all agenda setting meetings. After hearing all proposals, the team evaluates the political feasibility of each proposal and provides a recommendation to the full coalition.

Who serves on the policy committee? 

Typically, team members include advocates and lobbyists. However, this team is open to all member organizations. If you are interested in being a member of this team, please contact Homes for All policy co-chairs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Homes for All encourages participation by a wide variety of organizations to support balanced representation of metro and non-metro members, service providers, and developers. 

What is the role of Homes for All coalition members?

Every organization that endorsed the coalition’s previous legislative agenda is able to vote on the proposals.

Tips for developing a proposal

The proposal should:

  • Be something with which you are familiar/something in your field;
  • Attempt to address a problem or need; and
  • Describe how the problem can be resolved or changed.

Tips for presentations:

  • Research the issues, and incorporate facts into your proposal.
  • State the problem and describe how the problem affects the audience.
  • Follow the statement of the problem with a proposed solution.
  • If you’re requesting appropriations, specify the amount.
  • Identify key stakeholders and lawmakers that support your proposal.

Documents for the 2021 agenda setting process

 

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.