- Created: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:21
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
The 2017 state legislative session is underway, and MHP is back at the capitol. November’s election put Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, putting advocates on the defensive in some issue areas. But MHP’s policy team is optimistic.
Why? Because affordable housing is a bipartisan issue. Champions on both sides of the aisle recognize that where we live impacts everything. Having a safe, affordable place to call home is central to the health, education, and economic success of Minnesota families — in all corners of the state.
Already, MHP has been meeting with legislators, educating new lawmakers on the critical importance of housing and laying the groundwork for our 2017 policy agenda. Thus far, legislators from both sides of the aisle have receptive to our key priorities, including:
- Appropriating $100 million in bonds, including $80 million for Housing Infrastructure Bonds and $20 million in General Obligation Bonds.
- Passing a resolution that clarifies local jurisdictions’ authority to establish local housing trust funds (LHTF) — and passing legislation that encourages local jurisdictions to pool multiple funding sources, including private dollars, to fund an LHTF.
- Bolstering and protecting Minnesota Housing’s Economic Development and Housing Challenge Fund.