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In the coming year, Minnesota lawmakers are looking to tackle the affordable housing crisis from many angles, including addressing policy and regulatory reforms intended to spur the production of much-needed entry-level and multifamily housing.

This past August, Representative Elkins introduced the "Comprehensive Housing Affordability Act." This wide-ranging bill includes changes to current single-family zoning restrictions, building requirements and codes, fee assessments, and more.

Join MHP as we engage with policy makers, including Rep Elkins, Sen. Draheim, Star Tribune Data Editor MaryJo Webster, New American Development Center Executive Director Asad Aliweyd and other stakeholders to discuss these policies. 

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Margaret Kaplan, President of Housing Justice Center and Elizabeth Glidden, Deputy Executive Director of MHP hosted this webinar, featuring examples of Minnesota local jurisdictions utilizing ARPA funds to address housing needs. Thank you to our panelists:

 You can access presentation slides (PDF): here, a recording: here, meeting chat (PDF): here.

The housing provisions in the Build Back Better Act are at a make or break moment. The collective actions of advocates like you have put housing back in the bill after the funding was nearly eliminated. Now we’re making a final push for one last increase and to ensure the funds are used primarily to get and keep the lowest income people housed. We’re making progress, but we’re not there yet.

If enacted and done right, this could be the most consequential federal housing bill in our lifetimes. Everything we’ve done for the last few weeks, months and years has led to this moment and created this opportunity. It’s now or never. Final decisions may be made this weekend.

Contact your US Representative and U.S. Senators TODAY:   

We are asking advocates to contact their members of Congress to weigh in with the White House and Congressional leadership to urge that any cuts to Build Back Better aren’t made at the expense of getting and keeping people housed. Use the script below to call your members of Congress or use the National Low Income Housing Coalition's action center to send an email.


Suggested message:

"My name is ___ and I live/work at ___ . 

I am asking Representative/Senator (your representative) to support robust housing investments at the highest levels in the Build Back Better bill.  Please contact [House or Senate] leadership and the White House and weigh in with your support for robust housing investments in a final bill. Thank you."  

President Biden and congressional leaders need to hear from you and from as many members of Congress as possible in support of essential housing investments included in the Build Back Better Act. The proposed $3.5 trillion bill will be, according to news reports, reduced to around $2 trillion, with housing investments at risk.  

The Build Back Better Act included more than $300 billion in funding for new and existing federal housing programs, including public housing, weatherization, housing services, rental assistance, homeownership supports, and investment in the Housing Credit.  

Contact your senators and representatives and urge them to advocate for robust housing investments at the highest levels in the “Build Back Better Act”

Call your US Representative and U.S. Senator today:    


Suggested message:

"My name is ___ and I live/work at ___ . 

I am asking Representative/Senator (your representative) to support robust housing investments at the highest levels in the Build Back Better bill.  Please contact [House or Senate] leadership and the White House and weigh in with your support for robust housing investments in a final bill. Thank you."

Join our Sign-on Letter by October 14, 9 am, for Housing Investments in the Build Back Better Bill:  

MHP is coordinating a sign-on letter that will be sent to all Minnesota Members of Congress. The letter asks for their support for robust housing investments in a final bill. Please let us know if you will co-sign this important letter by 9 am on Thursday October 14.  

Read the full text of the letter and sign-on here.