!!ACTION ALERT!!

#Bonds4Housing Action AlertWe are finishing out our WEEK OF ACTION (2/17-2/21), and today we have an action alert for you! We need to prioritize $500 Million in #Bonds4Housing, and in order to do that, we need your calls/emails to the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House. Find a script below to call/email today and let Matt Traynor know when you make your calls: matt@mnhomelesscoalition.org

Names and Contact Info:

Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate, Paul E. Gazelka
    Phone Number: 651-296-4875
    E-mail: Use this form

Speaker of the House, Melissa Hortman
    Phone Number: 651-296-4280
    E-mail: rep.melissa.hortman@house.mn

Script to guide your calls/e-mails:

Hi [Senator Gazelka/Rep. Hortman], my name is [your name] and I live in [your county or city]. I am calling as a member of Homes for All.

Please support $500Million in Bonds for Housing. On any given night 10,000 ppl are experiencing homelessness. More than half a million Minnesota families pay more than they can afford for homes, and that number is continuing to grow. Homes for All is advocating for the full housing continuum with our biggest bonding agenda yet — $500Million in #Bonds4Housing. Let’s go big so we can all go home. 

Thank you.


Let’s finish our Week of Action strong by making sure our House and Senate leaders know we’re serious about a big investment in affordable housing!

 

Twitterstorm – Kick-off the Legislative Session on 2/18!

Advocates! We need you! Take action with us with a Twitterstorm on Tuesday, 2/18/20, from 11 am – 12 pm. Find more details below. 

WHAT IS A TWITTERSTORM?

A Twitterstorm is simply a short period of time during which advocates join together to send a high volume of tweets on a specific topic. We will prepare tweets for you (found below) and you can copy and paste them throughout the hour, or schedule your tweets in advance. You can also create your own tweets and use the hashtags below to keep us together. Please retweet and “favorite” tweets as they are sent out, even if they are tweets you’ve posted already! 

GOAL

Build momentum around the 2020 legislative session and the Homes for All legislative agenda!

We’ll do this by:

  • Favoriting, retweeting, and posting the prepared tweets for the full hour
  • Using LAWMAKER in our tweets
  • Using the following hashtags in your tweets: #Homes4AllMN; #mnleg; #Bonds4Housing; @PaulGazelka; @SusanKentman; @MelissaHortman; @KDaudt
  • Including the link to our Action Alert in every tweet: https://bit.ly/32VmI0Q

DETAILS

What: Twitterstorm to encourage the Governor and Lt Governor to put $500M for the housing continuum in the bonding bill. Find a list of sample tweets below, and always direct to our Action Alert: https://bit.ly/32VmI0Q

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Twitter

Hashtags/Tags/Action Alert:  #Homes4AllMN #Bonds4Housing #mnleg @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt https://bit.ly/33ZOr1I

Who: YOU! Please join us and invite your followers/friends to join as well. 

SAMPLE TWEETS to Copy/Paste:

  • Help Homes for All start the session off strong with a Week of Action! Join us for our Metro kick-off, our first hearing, contacting lawmakers & more! Follow the link to see all Week of Action events: https://bit.ly/3bzTB8z #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing 
  • The 2020 Legislative Session is here! Join Homes for All in supporting the full housing continuum with our largest bonding bill request yet: $500Million in #Bonds4Housing. #mnleg #Homes4AllMN
  • More than half a million Minnesota families pay more than they can afford for homes, and that number is continuing to grow. We need #Bonds4Housing #Homes4AllMN #mnleg @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • Safe and secure public housing is an essential part of the housing continuum. #Bonds4Housing will allow us to repair and modernize Minnesota’s public housing so residents can live safely and with dignity. #Homes4AllMN #mnleg @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • Housing is a social justice issue. The 2018 Wilder survey found that African Americans, American Indians & LGBTQ youth are especially over-represented in MN’s homeless population. We need #Bonds4Housing so ALL Minnesotans have access to affordable housing. #Homes4AllMN #mnleg @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • Housing is a workers’ rights issue. Almost a third of Minnesotans experiencing homelessness are employed, and 13% work full-time. We need affordable housing to support Minnesota’s working families. #mnleg #Bonds4Housing #Homes4AllMN
  • Please be bold and support the continuum of safe and quality housing with $500 million in your bonding package. #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • To make our communities strong, we need Homes for All. #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • PACK THE ROOM! Join our hearing TOMORROW 2/19 from 8am – 9:30am in Room #200 of the State Office Building (SOB). #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing 
  • We need your leadership for safe, affordable homes in Minnesota. Please support $500M in housing bonds. #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt
  • Kick off the legislative session with us at our H4A Legislative Kick-Off! TODAY 2/18, 4pm-6pm @ Catholic Charities Dorothy Day Place (422 Dorothy Day Pl, St. Paul, MN) or streaming on the Homes for All Facebook page. #Homes4AllMN #MNleg #Bonds4Housing
  • There isn’t one kind of housing that fits the needs of every Minnesotan. Join us for Homeless Day on the Hill on March 11, 2020 and advocate for affordable housing! Register here: https://conta.cc/2O7iSgm #Homes4AllMN #mnleg #Bonds4Housing @PaulGazelka @SusanKentMN @MelissaHortman @KDaudt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of Action 2020

The 2020 legislative session is here! Homes for All is very excited to present our largest bonding request yet: $500 million in investments along Minnesota’s housing continuum. We’re going big so we can all go home!

To start the session off strong, Homes for All invites you to join us in a week of action starting Monday, Feburary 17th. Here’s what’s happening:

Monday, 2/17:

Watch the Homes for All Facebook page for a video from one of our co-chairs, Allison, on what to expect as we kick off our week of action. Then post a picture below and tell us having a quality and safe home means to you, using #Homes4AllMN. 

Tuesday, 2/18:

  • From 11 am to noon, keep the momentum going by joining Homes for All in a Twitterstorm!  We’ll take to Twitter for the hour to get our #Bonds4Housing conversation trending! Homes for All will have prepared tweets or you can craft your own, but be sure to include the hashtags #Bonds4Housing, #mnleg and #Homes4AllMN. Together we’ll bring energy and attention to the need for safe, affordable housing for everyone!  FInd out more here.
  • From 4 to 6 pm, the last of our three Legislative Kick-Off events will be taking place at Catholic Charities Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence (422 Dorothy Day Pl, St. Paul, MN 55102). Space is limited, but if you are registered for this event, we hope to see you there! If you missed the registration window, we will also livestream the kick-off on our Facebook page. More information is here.

Wednesday, 2/19: 

From 8:00 am – 9:30 am, join us for a hearing in Room 200 of the State Office Building. Let’s pack the room for bonding! We also will be delivering postcards to some lawmakers from the kick-off events. The postcards are available for download here, so feel free to write your own!

Thursday, 2/20:

We will have an action alert about bonding ready for you to email or call your lawmaker. Stay tuned!

Friday, 2/21:

We’ll round out our busy week just as we started, with a video blog showing clips and photos from all of our Legislative Kick-Off events. And if you missed any of the actions from earlier this week, there’s still time to send an email, write a postcard to your lawmakers, or post on social media about why it’s so important for us to go bold for bonding in 2020. Then it’s on to the rest of session! 

Submit a 2020 caucus resolution to help ensure Minnesota has Homes for All!

Ensure that lawmakers in Minnesota’s political parties make safe, affordable homes for all a priority by submitting a caucus resolution. Parties vote on submitted resolutions, and if a resolution is passed, the party considers it for incorporation into their legislative platform.

Submitting a resolution is simple, and it’s a key step in advancing Homes for All’s legislative agenda for 2020 and beyond, helping to ensure that all Minnesotans have a safe and affordable place to call home.

Here’s how you can take action today:

  1. Download the Minnesota Republican or Minnesota DFL resolution form. Find information from other Minnesota political parties here
  2. Complete the form. Include the following resolution language: “Prioritize solutions to our housing crisis, including: 
    • Dramatically expanding resources for affordable homes, rental and homeownership, including protecting public housing and preserving what is affordable today 
    • Protecting the rights of renters, balanced with the rights of property owners
    • Preventing displacement and providing stability, with adequate shelter, emergency services, and housing supports for the needs of all Minnesotans.”
  3. Attend the party caucus of your choice for your precinct on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Find your caucus location
  4. Propose your resolution:
    • Stand to be recognized by the chair and say, “I move that this precinct support the following resolution.”
    • Read the resolution.
  5. If the resolution passes, hand the document to the Caucus Chair which will then be forwarded appropriately for consideration at the district and/or state levels.

Check out this article to learn more about how resolutions become part of a party’s political platform. And, read more on the process from the Minnesota DFL and the Minnesota Republican parties. Find information from other Minnesota political parties here

2020 Legislative Kick-Off Events

Join Homes for All to kick off the 2020 Minnesota State Legislative Session in a city near you! Kickoff events will take place in Moorhead, St. Peter, and the Twin Cities.

At each event, we’ll rally around the importance of housing and home for ALL Minnesotans. We’ll hear from folks who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity. We’ll learn about the affordable housing crisis in Minnesota. And we’ll get fired up to ask our lawmakers to put housing front and center on their legislative agenda with our biggest ask yet: $500 million in bonds for affordable housing.

If you plan on attending any of the kickoff events, please register here

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | Kick-Off in Moorhead
10:00am to 12:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
4000 28th St. S, Moorhead, MN 56560
Program: Welcome; stories from folks who have experienced homelessness; panel conversation with service providers.
Parking: Free parking is available in the church lot, which can be accessed by 40th Ave S or 28th St. S.
Register for Moorhead Kick-Off
See the Facebook event page

St. Peter Kick-Off event

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | Kick-Off in St. Peter
6:00pm to 7:30pm
St. Peter Area Food Shelf
201 S 3rd St, St Peter, MN 56082
Program: Begins at 6:00pm with interactive conversations.
Parking: There is a parking lot behind the building, as well as street parking nearby.
Register for St. Peter Kick-Off 
See the Facebook event page 

Twin Cities Kick-Off Event

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Twin Cities Kick-Off Event
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Catholic Charities Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence
422 Dorothy Day Pl, St. Paul, MN 55102
Program: 4:00-5:00pm, Social Hour & Networking; 5:00-5:45pm, Lawmaker Awards, Advocate Stories, and the Presentation of 2020 Legislative Agenda & Events
Parking: Pay parking will be available in the Smith Avenue Ramp, Municipal Ramp 7A, or on the street. The location is easily accessible via public transportation.
Tours: From 3:30-4:00pm, Catholic Charities staff will lead brief tours of the services offered at the new Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Saint Paul Opportunity Center. RSVP Separately for a tour at the registration link.
Register for Twin Cities Kick-Off
See the Facebook event page