Join Homes for All on January 8 to Kick Off the Legislative Session!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s never been more important to raise our voices in support of #HomesforAll Minnesotans. We’re calling on all housing advocates across the state to join us on Friday, January 8 for a virtual rally to kick off the 2021 Legislative Session.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about our legislative priorities, connect with other advocates, and get energized to make a difference.

Save the date and get registered, because you’re invited! 

The Road Home: Legislation, Inspiration, Education
When: Friday, January 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: On Zoom! You’ll receive the Zoom link after registration
Register on our Eventbrite page here

Here’s a little bit about what you can expect from the Virtual Rally:

  • Hear powerful stories from Minnesotans who are impacted by the programs and policies we advocate for
  • Learn all about the Homes for All 2021 Legislative Agenda
  • Equip yourself with all the tools you’ll need to be an effective housing advocate and storyteller
  • Dive into specific Legislative Agenda items that interest you and learn more through breakout sessions
  • Help honor the folks making a difference when we present Advocate Awards and Lawmaker Awards
  • Get energized and take action!

If you have any questions about the event please email Brian Muhs at brian.muhs@mhponline.org.

ACTION 12/9: $50M in housing assistance & $10M in ESP

We need your advocacy! Please keep reading and send an email to your lawmakers and Governor Walz. 

Please note: If you participated in our recent action alert for the $50M in housing assistance and $10M in the Emergency Services Program – Homes for All asks that you still complete this version as it includes individual lawmakers as well.

We need our lawmakers to invest in housing stability and our shelter systems to ensure Minnesotans can pay their housing expenses and have a safe place to stay during our coldest months. Email today to ensure housing and homelessness services are a priority as they negotiate. 

Minnesota Housing continues to receive close to $700,000 in requests per day and our shelters are full. Without increased funds, some Minnesotans’ unemployment insurance will not even cover their rent. New investments are critical to preventing thousands of evictions and foreclosures. $50M in housing assistance and $10 million in Emergency Services Program (ESP) will support households impacted by COVID-19 and its economic impacts. 

It only takes a minute; please email your lawmakers and Governor Walz NOW to tell them we need $50M in housing assistance and $10M in the Emergency Services Program. 

Take Action: We need $50M in housing assistance & $10M in ESP

We need your advoacy! Please keep reading to make a few phone calls and send an email.

Providing the right housing resources right now, we can ensure Minnesotans rebound from COVID19. Without Federal action, current funds expire this month. We need lawmakers to invest in housing stability and our shelter systems to ensure Minnesotans can pay their housing expenses and have a safe place to stay during our coldest months. 

Minnesota Housing continues to receive close to $700,000 in requests per day and our shelters are full. Without increased funds, some Minnesotans’ unemployment insurance will not even cover their rent. New investments are critical to preventing thousands of evictions and foreclosures. $50M in housing assistance and $10 million in Emergency Services Program (ESP) will support households impacted by COVID-19 and its economic impacts. 

It only takes a minute; please call and email Governor Walz NOW to tell him we need $50M in housing assistance and $10M in the Emergency Services Program. 

  • Governor Walz – (651)-201-3400

Script for your calls:

  • Hi my name is (your name) and I live in (your county/city). I support investing $50M in housing assistance and $10 million in the Emergency Services Program to keep Minnesotans stably housed and our shelter system fully operating during the start of the new year. We need this investment included in the December Special Session worker and business relief package. Unprecedented daily requests to Minnesota Housing demonstrate the need is enormous. Where we live impacts everything. Without funds to support households in January and February, we face a wave of future evictions and foreclosures that we cannot afford. Providing the right housing resources right now, we can ensure Minnesotans rebound from COVID19. Thank you.

If you have time, please make two additional phone calls with the script above: 

  • Speaker Hortman – (651)-296-4280
  • Majority Leader Gazelka – (651)-296-4875 

Please click here to also send an email with your support now.

Full Coalition Meeting 11/19/2020

Join us virtually for our full group meeting on Thursday. Details below. This is a call-in only meeting, and the Zoom information has been updated below and on the website. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom link/call-in information is different for the 11/19 meeting. Find the information below.

Homes for All Full Group Meeting
When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
WhereCall-In Only
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Join on Zoom:
Computerhttps://zoom.us/j/92813120780?pwd=bGNBSGN5QmxGS1cyenpiM2FJQUQ1Zz09
Passcode: 966476

Call-in Information: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 928 1312 0780 

*If you are joining by computer but using audio through your phone – you will need to enter your “Participant #” (will be given to you as you are joining the meeting) to ensure Zoom recognizes you are connected through both your computer and phone. To mute or unmute yourself on the phone use *6

Click here for live meeting notes
  
AGENDA
Introductions 
Strategic Planning Update

  • Lisa Tabor, Culture Brokers, LLC

Committee Updates

  • Policy Team
  • Community Engagement Team
  • Communications Team

Upcoming Meetings:

December 10th*

*December full coalition meeting will be a week earlier than typical due to the policy agenda-setting process

Agency Updates
Adjourn meeting

Policy adoption process

As part of the Homes for All MN legislative agenda setting process, the coalition hears policy proposals for consideration on the 2022 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 2022 legislative session.

Process overview

  1. The policy team solicits and accepts policy proposals for amendment through applications. Click here to download the proposal packet. 
  2. Each proposal must be submitted through the proposal form.
  3. All applicants are given the opportunity to present their proposals at a policy team meeting. These meetings will be held on October 26 and 28.
  4. 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.
  5. The policy team provides a recommendation to the entire coalition to adopt, reject, or amend the draft agenda. 
  6. The adopted items will be added to the full or support Homes for All legislative agenda for the upcoming 2022 legislative session.

Timeline

September 20 – Application process opens

October 19 – Applications are due by 5:00pm, through the forms portal.

October 26 & 28 – 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 8 and 11 – 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 18 – Homes for All Policy Team submits recommendations for the agenda to the full coalition for review. 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 2022 legislative session. A scoring matrix will be used to help narrow down proposals for consideration on 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 at the November 18th full coalition meeting. 

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 Michael Dahl, Zack Eichten, or Annie Shapiro. 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 2022 agenda setting process

Homes for All 2022 Policy Proposal Packet