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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.


Over $7 Million Awarded to Several of MHP's Partners for Affordable Housing Development

Last week, Minnesota Housing awarded more than $54 million for affordable housing developments across the state that will create 1,904 units of affordable housing.  MHP is pleased that our technical assistance and policy team worked in partnership to successfully secure funding for several noteworthy projects in Northwestern Minnesota and St. Paul.


September Minnesota Housing Board: Affordable Housing Plan Adopted

For the September meeting of the Minnesota Housing Board, the main agenda item was final approval of the 2014 Affordable Housing Plan. Based on public comments submitted, the plan now leaves open the possibility of
Agency intervention to prevent the loss of Section 8 vouchers. Also discussed in the meeting were the Community and Housing Dialogue in Worthington and procedural changes to the Agency's Rehab Loan and Emergency and Accessibility Loan Programs.


New Faces at MHP

New MHP Staff2In September MHP welcomed five new employees, growing our staff to meet our expanding policy and national technical assistance work. Each individual brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will make them a valuable part of our team.  We also wished Barbara Kennedy well, a long-term employee who began her retirement in early September. Barbara will stay on part time to coordinate the Crisis Housing program for a few more months. Please welcome ThaoMee Xiong, Jen Shadowens & Beth Ziebarth to our policy team and Sunny Bjorklund Schultz & Matt Reuland to our operations team.


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Announcements on the Blog

The Met Council is seeking comments on its Housing Policy Plan through September 26, 2014.

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

Public Hearing on Housing Policy Plan, MET Council, 9/15, St. Paul

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

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

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

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

Distinguish Your Work: Outreach or Community Engagement?, Building the Field of Community Engagement, 9/24, St. Paul

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

Healthy & Housed: 5K Race for the Key, 10/11, Minneapolis

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

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