- Created: Tuesday, 02 January 2018 16:24
- Written by Anne Mavity
In politics and public opinion, affordable housing is at a tipping point. For years, MHP has been at the forefront of advancing smart policies and innovative ideas to create housing stability for all Minnesotans and, right now, significant and lasting advances are within reach.
Like many other municipalities across the Twin Cities, affordable housing was a top issue in the Minneapolis city elections. Perhaps most notably, Mayor-elect Jacob Frey brought front-and-center the need for a new, dedicated, permanent revenue source to meet the city’s growing housing needs — especially our lowest-income families.
For several years, MHP has been working in collaboration with researchers, policymakers and community leaders to seed the discussion about a Home Grown revenue source that could help meet the housing needs of our lowest-income families. Right now, more than 93,000 low-income families in the Twin Cities region pay more than half of their income on rent (image right) — and the population of cost-burdened families continues to grow as rents rise and affordable housing options become more and more scarce.