In her introductory remarks Commissioner Tingerthal informed the board that the Agency won big in this year’s Better Government Award. Governor Dayton recognized Minnesota Housing for programs to increase homeownership among households of color and for the work of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Regarding the Council, Tingerthal said that earlier this day the new two-year action plan to prevent and end homelessness was adopted. This plan committed the agency to fund 5,000 units of housing, a stretch goal added Tingerthal, and one that will require the support of many partners.
The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness released an updated two-year action plan on Thursday, January 28 detailing strategies and actions for 2016 and 2017. The Council, which includes eleven state agency Commissioners, the State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, and the Lieutenant Governor, represents a devoted effort from the highest levels of state government, and this is reflected in the ambition and scope of the plan itself. The updates are organized around eight cross-cutting priorities and four population goals:
There's wisdom in the old adage "many hands makes light work." Still, when it comes to tackling a community development project, getting the right people together at the right time is often easier said than done. That's where the Housing Institute for Greater Minnesota comes in.
Since 2010, the Housing Institute (delivered by MHP in partnership with the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund) has provided a forum for teams of community developers and local stakeholders to effectively and collaboratively tackle some of their communities' most pressing challenges. Outcomes emerging from the latest round of the Institute illustrate the powerful effect of working across sectors. Whether it is building support for downtown revitalization, recruiting developers to take on affordable housing projects, or developing regional housing information resources, the Institute provides a platform for teamwork that turns aspirations into action.
The Homes for All coalition is advocating for a historic $130 million in housing infrastructure bonds in the upcoming legislative session. The bonds will be used to preserve rental housing, develop new rental housing, develop homeownership opportunities, and create new units for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness. The ask includes a $110 million investment in Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB) and $20 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds for public housing and builds on the success of the coalition's $100 million bonding ask in 2014.