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Minnesota Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness prioritizes increased public investment

The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness published the 56-page Heading Home: Minnesota Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness on 12/19/13, citing the need for increased investment in affordable housing and rental assistance. The plan contains 12 strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Minnesota.Homelessness Plan 2013-15

The first strategy identified in the plan is to pursue increased investments in affordable housing and rental assistance. This foundational strategy is echoed by the Homes For All coalition which requested $100 million in bonding for affordable housing during the upcoming session.

The report details how the need for affordable housing is great, citing that more than 10,000 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night, and another 248,000 pay more than half their income on housing. Minnesotans experiencing homelessness state that the number one reason they are homeless is that they cannot afford housing (Wilder interview data). Whereas the private market is guided by the laws of supply and demand, and will charge as much as it can for rent, Minnesotans need a safety net of affordable housing to provide for those whom the market doesn't serve.


December 2013 Minnesota Housing Board

The pre-holidays December board meeting for Minnesota Housing covered changes in single family loans for better a fit with emerging markets, and extension of a program to rehab rental housing in Greater Minnesota. A report on the Agency's annual risk assessment was also made, and Commissioner Tingerthal announced the state's new Plan to End Homelessness.


Community organizing and political leadership keep leading HUD office in MN

ellisonhudseal teal 1Advocates have a major victory to celebrate with an announcement in late November that the Minneapolis Multifamily HUD office, slated for closure, would stay open for business. The decision to retain the Minneapolis office reflects successful advocacy mounted over a six month period by nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, lenders, Minnesota Housing, and key elected officials. Rep. Keith Ellison was at the center of this effort to keep jobs in his district and to retain a leading upper Midwestern partner in lending for affordable rental housing.


Looking forward, looking back: Minnesota Housing's November 21 Board meeting

The Minnesota Housing November board meeting covered several recent developments, including new sources of funds, new programs, and innovation for the Agency. From multi-family development to preservation of federally assisted housing, to rehab of ownership housing, new ideas are percolating. The meeting ended with a program review for 2013, including highlights and performance areas to monitor.


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Building Support for Homeownership and Rental Choices: A Review of Public Opinion and Messaging Research webinar, National Housing Conference, 7/23, 1 pm CST

Educating Voters on Housing Issues, NLIHC Web Training, 7/24, 1pm CST

Convening on Racial Equity, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, 8/5 6pm & 8/6, 8:30am, University of Minnesota

Preservation through Energy Efficiency conference, National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, 9/15, Minneapolis.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference, Sep. 15-16, Rochester.

Janet Viveiros and Amy Clark of NHC for a free webinar Wednesday, July 23, 2 pm ET

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