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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.


MHP Report: Sequestration cuts hit housing for state's seniors, families, disabled adults

Minnesota's most important federal housing programs for low-income renters are reeling unout in the coldder pressure from sequestration-induced budget cuts, according to MHP's newest report, which was released this week. Since 2010, substantial federal budget cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV or Section 8 Vouchers) and public housing have left local housing authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and to provide housing assistance. Based on surveys of local program administrators, the study finds that housing authorities across the state have cut staff, cut maintenance, and left available vouchers unfilled.

The report includes findings that are hard to swallow, but it arms advocates with information to share with decision makers in support of policy change.


October & November 7th Minnesota Housing Board Reports

This report covers the October Minnesota Housing board meeting and a special November 7th meeting. Top news from October included the Agency was nationally recognized by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  At the November 7th meeting, awards totaling $54 were made for affordable housing development.  Other items of note from the November meeting included the launch of the Rental Assistance for Highly Mobile Students Initiative and the adoption of the 2014 Consolidated Action Plan.


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Public Hearing on Transportation Policy Plan, MET Council, 9/17, St. Paul

2040 Transportation Policy Plan Draft Workshop, MET Council, 8/26-9/25, multiple locations

My ULI Minnesota! Celebrating 10 Years of Impact, Urban Land Institute, 9/10, Minneapolis.

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

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

A Community Development Debate, Emerging Leaders in Community Development, 9/24, St. Paul.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers 25th Anniversary, 10/8, Minneapolis.

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

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