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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.

   

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.

   

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Announcements on the Blog

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Events

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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