Just a few weeks into their tenure, MHP’s newest board members represent a broad cross-section of industry leaders from both the Metro and greater MN and from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The diversity and perspectives brought by the new board members will expand the organization’s capacity in areas of finance, real estate development, and racial equity. New to the MHP Board are:
The February Minnesota Housing Board meeting played host to several important conversations. The board voted to fund rehabilitation of 35 public housing developments with proceeds from the 2014 bonding bill. Staff presented the 2017 draft Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), for scoring applications for Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which is now also open for public comment. A housing development approved by the Agency has run into opposition and incurred changes and additional costs, which meant the board needed to revisit the project.
On February 12, MHP celebrated its 25th year with an anniversary party at the Schmidt Artist Lofts. The event was a chance to celebrate our many partners and an opportunity for everyone to network and enjoy themselves. People caught up with old friends, made new ones, and shared ideas about how we can all continue to meet housing and community needs.
Guests watch videos shown at the 25th Anniversary Celebration.
In January Star Tribune writer Lori Sturdevant wrote a column identifying several program start-ups of former governor Rudy Perpich that Mark Dayton should emulate. In his day Perpich, who was Dayton’s mentor, launched bold initiatives, although sometimes unusual (e.g., the chopstick factory), for education, economic development, and general state promotion.
In her column Sturdevant didn’t include affordable housing as a Perpich success, but she should have. During his final term as governor, Rudy Perpich initiated a process that brought attention and consensus around a comprehensive approach to a range of housing challenges then facing the state. Because similar challenges exist today governor Dayton should consider Perpich’s approach.